Small Stream Mini Report 10/24/14

A fairly gloomy type of day with drizzle, heavy mist, and fog-covered mountaintops — also known as breathtakingly beautiful. The drive was long, the woods and water chilly, and the creek was up and slightly stained from the recent rains.

The brookies were hunkered down today. I could tell right away that the dry would be unproductive, but I gave the Improved Sofa Pillow and the Bomber a fair shake. After pricking several and landing a couple, I switched to subsurface. That made all the difference. Weighted micro buggers and bead head soft-hackles in both dark and light colors met with approval.

Mountaintop shrouded in mystery. What secrets would her brooks reveal?


I wouldn’t say it was a banner day, but one thing’s for sure: three hours on a remote mountain stream beats the tar out of sitting at one’s desk. Especially if there’s a Rocky Patel The Edge Corona Gorda in the mix.

Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” vividly rendered on Salvelinus fontinalis flank.

Van Gogh 2

4 comments on “Small Stream Mini Report 10/24/14

  1. aidan says:

    steve, read all your posts. all good stuff. but the comparison of the side of a brook trout with a famous, beautiful painting is particularly cool.

    best thing I have read all day.

    hopefully kevin and i can get together with you in the Spring.


    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Aidan,

      Thanks. That’s a recycled concept (I wrote something similar last year) but you know, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Thanks for reading, and I’m delighted you appreciated it. See you in the spring!

  2. Gil Learn says:

    Steve, Finding partridge hackle in size 18 is difficult. Can you suggest a technique?

    • Steve Culton says:


      I have two suggestions. The first is to tie the hackle in midway-ish on the shank (actual placement will depend on the size of the hackle). Bring the fibers forward toward the eye and bind them down along the shank with thread. Create your body, then move the thread past the hackles to the eye. Now, use the thread to to orient the hackles rearward. Whip finish. Does that make sense?

      Or two, you could just do what I do, which is: don’t use partridge on really small flies. I use grizzly hen or grizzly Coq de Leon. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s