Small Streaming to Beat the Heat

photo by Bruno Poço

Despite a pretty good looking forecast for the next few weeks, the recent heat mixed with low rain totals has a lot of the coldwater fisheries dealing with temps hovering at dangerous levels for trout fishing. We may be dipping into the upper 80s on dry land, but the water temperatures don't show signs of cooling off just yet. That means that fishing for trout in some sections of local rivers (yes, even on tailwaters like the Hiwasee and Elk) is likely to kill fish, even if unintentionally. Catch and release isn't worth a hill of beans if the fish die later on, but don't fret, there are still plenty of accessible waters where temperatures are still in the safe zone. You just have to think...smaller...

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