A Little Spring Creek in Washington County
Location: Stream in Washington County
Washington County can be defined as the limestone center of Maryland just because of the karst area, and with that most streams in the area can certainly be defined as limestone spring creeks (if it's a spring creek to begin with) or at least a spring creek with a limestone influence. This little stream is no different. No more than three feet wide in any location, this little stream is not special in size, but it is big in beauty, and the wild trout that call it home are just an added bonus.
This spring creek starts on a little farm, where the watercress is plentiful and so are the cows. As the stream meanders, it runs through many farms, backyards, under a major highway, and gains more and more cold spring water with each passing farm from small feeders or springs. The stream runs for a couple miles before flowing into a larger water system. This stream, throughout all its reaches, is all private property, and you must ask permission to fish it. After meeting some friends of a friend and gaining access to the stream, I climbed an electric fence (that was live, but I didn't know that at the time, so always be cautious) and immediately noticed the big 2"+ grasshoppers that hopped every step I took. This section of the stream is definitely not the best part to fish as far as size and numbers. The first thing I noticed was that there were no fences. The livestock had access to walk into the stream whenever they pleased, in fact a couple cows came by while I was casting to the little runs and riffles. To keep it short, no fish were landed whatsoever, but I am sure they are here on this property, ready to be caught. I fished a couple attractor dry fly patterns including a size 14 march brown and other mayfly imitations, as well as some hopper patterns.