Its August and Steve and Ladin are on a small stream, a tributary of the Elk River and hopeful for some great dry fly fishing for Cutthroat Trout. The stream here is shallow, clear, fast flowing and not very wide so perfect for knee deep wading and covering rising fish and likely looking holes and pools. Ladin starts in a nice pool and hooks up with 3 or 4 good fish but they keep dropping off so rather than continuing with the dry decides to give them another look at something and switches to a nymph. He thinks he's got one but it turns out to be a Whitefish and its turning out to be a frustrating morning. They move location and Steve strikes first landing a small Cutthroat on a Purple Haze mayfly, followed by a slightly bigger one. Moving upstream again they find a lovely pool with a steep cliff behind them. Ladin spots a small log which is stuck on the far bank and it looks like perfect cover for a trout, so he covers the area with a dry and hooks up immediately. Finally he breaks his duck with a lovely 16 inch Cutty. There's no shortage of good fly water to try here and in the next pool Steve uses his Purple Haze again and a big 3lb Cutty sucks it down. Ladin then sweeps through the same pool using a Pheasant Tail Nymph and hooks another good fish. Working the pools like this together is a devastating tactic and so ends another memorable session on the small streams of British Columbia.
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