We guided a small stream last week. After walking/bushwhacking for a mile or more we came to a classic canopy covered plunge pool. Looking into it I lost count of how many brookies were stacked in there. I told the client to have a look. He was amazed at the amount of fish in such a small area. Then I set the ethical/this is where I get fired and I don't care standard. "You get two casts and then we leave no matter the outcome". "Huh"? was the response. One I wasn't surprised with. After explaining the fish were stressed and seeking thermal refuge and not there to be the happy fish we were seeking, he got it (THANK YOU). Two casts, one nice brookie and we were out and looking for another small stream with happier fish. We found them and turned a possible easy, unethical day into something more than just catching fish.
Guiding isn't about counting coup. It's about teaching, sharing and much, much more.
Plenty of fun small water out there with happy fish. Not many tracks either.