The single best thing you can do for small streams and wild trout is:

Zip it. Hush. Shaddup. Small streams and wild trout are a finite resource — and more pressure is usually a very bad thing. So for goodness’ sake, never post stream names and locations on social media. Never take photos that clearly identify your location. (Picture this scenario: you make a video and post it on YouTube. The brook is clearly identifiable. Someone sees it and comments on how beautiful the place is. Someone else comments, “I know where that is!” Someone 1 reaches out to Someone 2, and the location is revealed. Someone 2 likes to share locations with his friends, and the cascade begins. Don’t laugh — I’ve seen it happen.)

And if someone asks, you can always use my line: “I won’t even tell my mother where I fish.”

2 comments on “The single best thing you can do for small streams and wild trout is:

  1. Jefferson Kolle says:

    Or even better…the best small-stream wild trout is the one you don’t catch, which, I guess, isn’t really the point of fly fishing.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Jefferson, I hear you. If you want to take things to another level of safety, you can fish with a dry fly that’s too big for the fish to eat. So you get the thrill of the hunt, the wanton slashing, and the hysterics of fish attacking your fly without ever pricking them. 🙂

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