After a line of thunderstorms worked through our area, I headed out to fish a small stream. I met a blue heron as I walked along the stream. When I would approach the stream, it would move off and I would find it in the next area upstream. I guess it has fished this stream before because it seemed to stop at all my usual spots!
I suspect the fish were on alert from it's presence since it wasn't until I moved upstream ahead of it before I started finding fish. I ended up fishing a foam ant and a mini muddler since the brook was up and a bit off-color from the recent showers.
Now that everything is growing, the small streams are getting less open. If you want to fish these tiny waterways, you are going to have to figure out a way to get a fly into tight spaces like the one to the right. But if you can get a fly to drift in the right channel you will often be rewarded.