The best water is usually much tougher to get to though so I'm planning a return trip that will involve a bit more hiking. While these streams are full of small bass and sunfish, some nicer fish can be found as well as evidenced by this nice smallmouth I found.
Photograph by Seth Arnold
Fishing was still a bit slow and will heat up over the next 3 weeks as waters warm and flows drop. By June, things should be moving right along and will continue to be good through September most likely. By late in the season, the fish in these streams are spooky as flows drop to a fraction of what they are now. Long clear pools interspersed with gentle riffles and pockets make long casts a necessity as well as smaller flies.
But now, for the next few weeks at least, I'll be out there tossing larger flies like my PB&J streamer. Bright colors worked best and the PB&J in Firetiger got the most looks. Soon they'll be taking bugs on top as well. The smaller fish were working the hatching Hendricksons pretty well, but soon we'll be tossing Stealth Bombers, Wiggle Minnows, and hopper patterns at the bass and panfish. If you live in the area, Plateau streams and creeks are a worthy target in lieu of driving somewhere further to trout fish.