I've not fished that area yet this year, despite it being at most 2 miles from home... Today I had to run an errand that forced me to cross the stream, so I brought the 2wt and spent probably 20-30' drifting the ABD (Allan's Brownie dry I noted in my last blog).
I wanted to waste no time, so I basically started right where an old dam was removed by TU a bit over a year ago, and slowly poked up stream. This was a pond 18 months ago, and the soil that is home to the plants on the left of the stream, just a year ago, was flat out dangerous. It was 18" to 4' thick pasty muck that you would sink into nicely. With a year of plant life growing up and snow compression and dry days... it's walkable now for the most part - though you need to be cautious because some areas are still a bit soupy and the undercut banks are insane in places.
The bottom through this lower section often is sandy or pea gravel, with clumps of rock, wood, or rootball here and there.
This section in the pic varries from close to 3feet deep in a few little holes to about 10" deep. Good looking dry fly water huh :)?
I had the ABD still on from last week's trip, so I just started with that. Good choice, the brookies happily ate the fly through this new meadow. It was fun! Maybe missed or lost 4 and landed 3. Not bad for a pit stop of a fishing "trip".
Pretty awesome to see this hard work of local conservation groups and national (TU) groups come together and create a real positive situation for the environment in this area, and for the wild fish (and other animals) who live here.
Thanks for the nudge Coleman! I'd likely have waited and kept fishing other areas had you not mentioned it.