Last weekend, Jacqulyn and I began our quest to explore the local small creeks. There are between 20 and 30 decent little streams in our immediate area suitable for wading and/or canoeing. I should be ashamed for not exploring them sooner, but I often find myself pining for more exotic locations full of trout. Anyway, several of these streams are rumored to have some nice smallmouth bass fishing. So, with the help of google maps and freshly-downloaded USGS maps, we headed out in search of good access points to what we’ll call Stream A. The little stream proved ideal for wading, and I was into a fish on the first cast. We only fished for a couple hours before a storm chased us from the water, but we managed to catch five or six fish of various kinds. All came on a size 12 woolly bugger. No smallmouth, but we didn’t complain. Like I said, we should be ashamed for not trying this stream sooner. I suspect it holds a few nice fish if you know where to look. You can see some shots from the trip below. This coming weekend, I plan to hit a new stream if the water doesn’t get too high from our latest round of storms (for which I’m very thankful, by the way – good-bye drought…hopefully). If the water is too high, I’ll be where I probably should be anyway: building rods.