fly fishing small streams

The Small Streamfest (or, How To Make Better Investments)

Posted by Tom Chandler 5/11/2012

Tomorrow, Older Bro and I head into the hills for what I'm calling the Second Leg Of Our Google Earth Small Streamfest 2012 World Tour, and yes, we're selling t-shirts in the lobby.

Trips like this generate enough hope to power a small city, though all that wattage rubs against the very real possibility of abject failure and disappointment, so you wouldn't normally make a big public deal about it (like posting it on a blog or anything).

Still, we're planning to confirm a couple places we have been, try a couple we haven't, and also to fish some of our "normal" spots. (Hey, we know there are fish there, so why not?)

Because you're fishing and looking instead of just fishing, you don't catch as many fish on these trips as you could, but I see it as an investment; fewer trout now mean more places -- and more trout -- in the future.

And unlike your 401k, it's an investment that's probably on solid ground.

Since I'm posting this late on a Friday afternoon on Pacific Standard Time (thereby ensuring it'll be read by upwards of three people), I'll stop here, except to note that looking for new fish and new water in your own neighborhood offers the best of all worlds.

You're dealing with few exotic diseases and a minimal carbon footprint, yet unlike that spot halfway around the world, there's a chance you'll make it back next weekend.

See you on the map, Tom Chandler.

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

There's always the question of which rolling wreck will get the nod. Today -- on my recon trip with Little M and the Wonderdog -- we're not even taking one of my cars. See, when you expect us to zig, we zag...
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If you are going to find out where Tom is going, use a GPS tracker just like the evil corporation/wacko billionaires do. Three piece of advice for installation: 1) Wear a bear suit. 2) Put the GPS tracker in the correct car and 3) Turn off the inside dome light when your done.
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Send us a picture on Monday...
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The big bamboo fish on a little pond thing works for me. And somebody's gotta take the grandbrats fishing, might as well be some crank with a bamboo fly rod...
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Wrongo, budweiser. Three separate-but-identical convoys of black Sububrbans leave TU World Headquarters simultaneously in order to foil precisely your kind of scheme.Here at the Department Of Small Stream Security, we take our small stream secrecy pretty seriously (nobody gets into the house without a full backscatter body scan).Between Lassen & Mt. Shasta? That covers a lot of interesting ground. ... more Keep us updated...
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Hmmmm, if I get off work by midnight and I high-tail it to Mt Shasta from the Bay Area, I could stakeout your place by 6 am. Then tail you guys to blue line Nirvana without anyone the wiser. Sounds like a great plan, but I'll have to pass. I'll be heading up somewhere between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta in eleven days for my first trip of the year.
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crap.....No stream fishin' for moi....Most likely lake fishin' for planters with the grandbrats......But I am the only guy with a 'boo rod on Angle Lake.......
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So I guess that makes me one of those three...at least to comment. After paying dues last weekend and volunteering to teach kids to fly fish, I decided to reward myself with some small creek trout time this weekend. Good luck in your adventure! I am sure you will harvest as many smiles and giggles as I will, and hopefully a few willing trout!
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