One of the great things about fly-fishing for trout is that these fish often live in some of the most picturesque places you will ever visit. The headwaters of some of the trout streams in southwest Alberta are a good example of this.
It’s here where you will find crystal-clear waters, winding through scenic mountains and dense forests, where swift-flowing riffles and runs pass over colorful pebbles and stones covering the stream bottom. Small seeps, springs, and tributaries provide cool water and flow, allowing the stream to grow and increase in size with each passing mile. It’s where submerged rock ledges and shelves give way to deep, dark corner pools, and where streamside stands of lodgepole pine provide shade, cooling the water during hot summer days. Log jams and other woody debris, pushed up against the stream bank by previous spring floods, provide perfect cover and habitat for trout. It’s an idyllic setting for the fly angler.
Last week, I visited one of my favorite headwater streams. Here are some photos of the day.