6th and final new stream from the other weekend. You can tell by the quality of photos that it was getting dark but I had time to quickly explore this tiny stream. There were browns in the first waterfall pool, but above there was a thriving brook trout population. I caught and released 7 or 8 in less than an hour, and missed a monster (in this kind of place, that means 10"). A stream this small is very fragile. The population can depend entirely on the survival of one or two dozen fish in a stream like this, and now that I know what's there, I will probably leave it alone in the future. But I hope there are more hidden gems like this out there left to find!
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Trout nursery! Woody debris, clean oxygenated water, overhanging vegetation and a surplus of zombie chum eggs. The majority of adult searun Cutthroat we encounter left freshwater at age 2. This means that these ~ 10 month old trout will remain in freshwater for another full year before heading out to sea. Long story short, freshwater conditions appear to be as important as marine conditions for cutthroat and other salmonids that depend on an extended freshwater rearing periods.
#freshwater #woodydebris #habitat #troutfishing #snorkeling #underwaterphotography #winter #cutthroat #steelhead
Coarse woody debris (fallen timber) is extremely important for biodiversity. It provides vital habitat, protection from predators, thermoregulation for reptiles, a nursery site for fungus, hosts insects which are an important food source, and provides important nutrient cycling in ecosystems. It can take up to 100 years to form and is detrimentally impacted by frequent fire. Reptile species richness and abundance in my study area significantly increase with increased volumes of coarse woody debris. Cunningham’s skink in its home 😊
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