The joy and satisfaction to be found in small stream fishing is dependent on the energy you put into it. There’s nothing mystical in the process. Sure, frustration is a part of the game, but what pursuit, what challenge in life, is lacking this element to some degree? Tiny streams are always a challenge to fish, but their challenge overcome is easily worth the time and energy involved.
Focus on the pay-offs here: in all likelihood you’ll have solitude and beauty for surroundings. Your labors in the angling microcosm will unveil a whole new sense of exploration and adventure. Actually, your pursuit of small native trout, or of wild fishes in general, will be looked upon as “fun.” Other people won’t be viewing you as having fun because you’ll be alone, or in enough seclusion that a fishing partner probably won’t see you land that rare, big fish, the one that puts a grin on your face and makes an indelible impression on your memory bank.
In micro-flyfishing you adapt your expectations to meet the small and beautiful. As you adapt and change your expectations from the usual, and as you catch and release six and seven-inch native trout with micro-tackle, you’ll begin to see the silken and multi-hued skins of fish as a form of living poetry. They’re like the textures and aromas of the varied plants and animals surrounding you on the stream.
As you bore deeply into the world of small stream trout, the wildness that surrounds you keeps the body tuned and balanced. When a nine or 10-inch trout rises from a plunge-pool of a five-foot waterfall, you’ve hooked a relative monster. When you hook a rare 17-inch brown in such a pool (or from another totally unexpected site) the micro-realm is suddenly massive!
You’ve discovered a little world of your own. No, you haven’t escaped from the reality of seven billion human souls, but very few others have ventured this far from the road or path, and that feels pretty damn good.