Headwater Stream:
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A Headwater Stream:
Here is another important fact to consider.
Although there are always some exceptions,
the farther you travel upstream in any
headwater stream, the smaller you will usually
find the fish to be. Although the amount of
available food is usually the most important
factor in determining the size of the fish in a
stream, the physical size of the stream can
also affect the size of the fish. It is a fact that
small streams usually have small fish. As a
general rule, the smaller the stream, the
smaller the fish.
It may seem appealing to venture far upstream
or to hike into the backcountry from the
standpoint of envisioning that there are more
large fish there than there are in areas where
the stream can be accessed easily or in the
lower part of the stream. The fact is, just the
opposite is usually the case. There are many
other advantages of hiking into the remote part
of a stream for some anglers, depending on
their personal preferences, but catching bigger
fish is usually not one of them.

Copyright 2007 James Marsh
Copyright 2007 James Marsh
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