The Exploration of Stream: B (Part 2)

The Exploration of Stream: B
Approximately 100′ above a small free-stoner

Fly fishing isn’t a hobby and it definitely isn’t a sport. Fly fishing is a lifestyle, a way of thinking and, as such, it can take us to the most jaw-dropping and inspiring of environments.

The mind of a small-stream fly fisherman is a strange thing; content with the prospect of catching 8″ fish all day long and easily able to shrug off such passing comments as “there’s no fish in there mate” or “they’re bloody tiny” without so much of a thought or reaction. The fish we search for and the waters we seek are, more often than not, found in the most remote/secluded areas, far from people and those who would be content to abuse/degrade them (intentionally or not).

The fish, granted, are highly opportunistic but the skill in catching these small wily fish comes with stealth and a gentle presentation. A heavy foot fall, a little water disturbance or just standing up at the wrong moment is all these fish need as an excuse to dart away; the feeding in a pool/run/riffle put on hold for the immediate future.

More exploration of Stream: B was called for yesterday evening and, after a short journey from work (the commuting traffic thinning as I made my way ever north), Chris, Mark and I were preparing ourselves for the 100’+ decent down a steep valley and a hike down into the gorge below. Although we’re still in dire need of some rain here in South Wales – and, as such, the water levels are depressingly low – the evening’s weather was pleasant and us three anglers progressed happily up this small waterway.

An evening spent exploring a newly discovered small stream is something rather special and, like the boys of our youth, the excitement slapped across each of our faces at the site of every new pool or riffley run found around every corner of the stream was displayed shamelessly. It was only the encroaching darkness which forced us to begin the steep hike back to the top of the valley.

Round #2 of The Exploration of Stream: B is complete and another 2K or so covered, but there is still much, much more to see…

The small stream’s protective steep valley sides and, 100’+ below, is the jewel herself
The Exploration of Stream: B - The small streams protective steep valley sides and, 100ft+ below, is the jewel herself

A wild jewel, and one which has never seen a hook before
The Exploration of Stream: B - A wild jewel, and one which has never seen a hook before

Under deep cover, Chris makes a cast…
The Exploration of Stream: B - Under deep cover, Chris makes a cast...

…a bent rod: the result of a careful approach…
The Exploration of Stream: B - ...a bent rod: the result of a careful approach...

…the gentle landing…
The Exploration of Stream: B - ...the gentle landing....

…and the fish itself
The Exploration of Stream: B - ...and the fish itself

Mark keeping a low profile
The Exploration of Stream: B - Mark keeping a low profile

Darkness approaches…
The Exploration of Stream: B - Darkness approaches...

…and a last cast as darkness settles in
The Exploration of Stream: B -  ...and a last cast as darkness settles in

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