Originally Posted by 2weightfavorite
Less fish down lower... I have no scientifical data to back up my opinion on this. However, I do know that the water definitely is warmer in the later summer months down lower. That being said, I do not know why for sure, and others may disaagree with me. It may just be that down lower there are larger deeper pools which make catching some of the trout out of them harder..?? I catch larger rainbows below the sinks and down to the Y, however odly enough I have caught more large browns above the sinks and even miles above elkmont. It seems that down lower there is also less diversity in fish size. Seldom do I catch a 3 inch bow down low, but it happens all the time up higher. I think there could also be less holding water between large holes, which in turn equals less fish. Again, just my own thoughts. Would love to hear others opinions on the subject.
I'm with 2weightfavorite on this one. There are fish on lower Little River but they tend to be in specific stretches where the water may be a little cooler for various reasons. Back during the drought years of 2007 and 2008, the pools on lower Little River had dead rainbows on the bottom. When we get several good water years in a row, lower Little River can produce some of the largest rainbows in the Park. In addition, stocker rainbows from Townsend can be caught anywhere up to the Sinks making it occasionally difficult to tell whether a fish is stream-reared or stocked.