I have fished this stream a number of times over the last few years and have always caught of few nice wild brookies (and an occasional brown) whenever I have visited it. However, after the long winter and some serious rains, when I returned this spring I discovered that the structure of the stream had changed dramatically. I also found that there was no response to my fly offerings. I was very concerned that the resident population of wild fish had not survived the ravages of mother nature.
When I returned to the stream this week I was very encouraged when an enthusiastic brown pounced on a Royal Wulff dry in the first large pool that I fished. Further downstream I was able to entice two healthy brookies to take a dry fly (the smaller of which is pictured below). On my way out I went up a small feeder brook and was rewarded with catching/releasing the largest fish of the visit after it fell for a Usual (second fish below).
I'm hoping that these represent only a small sample of the wild fish normally present in this beautiful stretch of water or at least the beginning of their return.