Wbranch on Oct 22, 2008October 22nd, 2008, 10:27 am EDT
If you are going up at Christmas break maybe we can go together. Remember though it is pointless to drive for six hours if the streams are low. Even when there are fish in the creeks they are very spooky when the creeks are low and clear. They see guys walking around all day and are jumpy. When they are low normally you can hook a few at dawn and then again at dusk.
Ideally you will be keeping an eye on the weather - you don't want just a shower because by the time you get there the creeks will be low again. You want a good all day, or two day steady rain, then check out the reports at fisherie.com - when it stops you should be driving up. As the creeks start to drop and turn a greenish color with little visibility is when you will get fish.
I used a 9' #7 and thought about using a 9' #6 as you aren't casting very much at all - a roll cast is pretty much all I did and I never used more than two BB's but the power and size of the fish made me happy I was using the #7. The stream beds are just full of shale - you will lose gobs of flies - if you aren't losing flies you probably aren't down in the zone.
If you look behind me at the top picture you can see light and dark water - the edge between the light and dark is a shelf and fish lay in the darker colored water and parallel to those shelves.