This recent snow has certainly changed the look of the autumn colors along the trout streams. So it is a good time to use up the remaining nice shots of early fall that I have on file. The prettier side of fall seems to have been too short lived, but I suppose that is always the case. Now that the streams have made it thru to a well needed blast of moisture, this should guarantee good flows right into late winter. As you can see from the photo below, the stream levels were great, just before the first snow of the fall arrived.
As you can see in the photo, the new fall of late autumn leaves into the stream is enriching it for another year of good growth, both for the aquatic invertebrates that live beneath the surface, but also the trout and other coarse fish. When I say coarse fish, I mean suckers, minnows, sculpins, burbot and whitefish, if there are any of them left. Whitefish are not in very good shape as far as the fisheries go, but these days there always seems to be something in trouble in our local streams. So good flow in the creeks and a enriched trout stream is great news!