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Waterfall Pools, Part 2

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

In Part I of this post we discussed the common topologies and features of waterfall pools and the basins in which they lay. This installment deals with ways of fishing a waterfall pool.

Surely in fish legends and lore, waterfall pools are where they go in the afterlife if they’ve been good. It’s paradise–and plenty of them seem to have swum the straight and narrow in their day, because they’re here in abundance. Besides the richness of the pool’s ecosystem, there’s yet another powerful reason why fish–of course naturally migratory species like salmonids, but in general any species whose instinct is to seek out new haunts–will congragate there. A waterfall of any significant height represents an impassable barrier to unstream-bound fish. They yearn to go further, they cannot, and there they stay, some tossing themselves against the rock from time to time, others simply waiting for the unlikely day the barrier will come down. The pool may become crowded, but as long as sufficient sustenance exists, the fish will remain. As they grow large enough to no longer fear others of size, they’ll “graduate” up from the stream below to inhabit the pool. In summer they stay cool there, in winter they have the depths to save them from a full freeze…and they wait, and eat, and grow. more…

Waterfall Pools, Part 1

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

FIgure 1

FIgure 1

Cascading over a spectacular drop, cold clear water enters its personal handiwork–its pool below. In a season’s time it takes with it subaquatic life, trout roe, fingerlings and even adult fish. Some of them, depending on the height of the fall, survive, to inhabit the waters into which the stream falls. Over eons, the falls’ liquid and cargo combine to create an oasis of entrancing awe, both above and below the surface. All creatures worship the waterfall.

Fly fishing a waterfall pool elicits a special kind of reverence; we witness the relentless, hypnotic spectacle, hear its timeless music, feel its mist on our faces and hands. But fishing it is normally not so easy–at least, it’s far different from fishing a stream or any ol’ generic slow spot. more…

Hooking the Big One, Part 2

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 1 of this post described the general form of what I like to call the “water pulley” technique for unsnagging a fly.

Figure 3 - Water Pulley

Figure 3 – Water Pulley

This conclusion describes….A Fortuitous Variation more…