There is a little trickle of water that cuts through a steep rocky canyon not far from where I work that I never had considered fishing until I was hiking around out there a few weeks ago. As I hopped from rock to rock across the creek in one spot I was surprised to see a nice little trout take off in water that was not even deep enough to cover his back. So today I headed back up this trail to see if any of those little guys would eat an artificial fly.
I kept things simple. A couple Sparkle Duns in a small plastic box, tucked into my shirt pocket, and my 3 weight fly rod. I made my way up the quarter mile trail to a nice little waterfall of about 30-40 feet (just a guess). It's a pretty little spot and the fact that trout do in fact live in these waters is amazing to me. Trout are very sensitive to high water temps and this creek runs out of some of the hottest high desert in the state. The summer sun gets to be blistering here but the steep canyon walls and overhanging rocks and brush shade this little stream just enough to keep the temps within a livable range for the native Columbia Basin Redband Trout that swim here.