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    Default What do you call this kind of stream?

    I have a question about what to call this type of stream. At one time, I thought this was "pocket water" because it exists in little pockets, connected only by cascades. I've since learned that pocket water is something else (although I'm still not sure how to describe that accurately either), so what do I call this kind of stream?

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    Is it "cascades and plunge pools"? "small mountain stream"? "series of plunge pools"? Whatever you call it, I've recently discovered some of the native residents, and they do have a special appeal, despite their small size. Just what I needed, a new place to have to make fishing trips.

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    I would call it the headwaters of a freestone stream....but whadda I know!
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    I would be very careful about calling it anything, the fewer people who know about a spot like that the better. It's a beautiful series of falls and pools that is fragile and should be guarded.
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    How about 'plunge pool pocket water'. I have a little stream nearby that looks very similar...

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    I know a stream like that in the southwest Sahara desert, just west of Morocco. It flows in a counter clock ways on Sat - tues and then stops flowing wed - Fri. the pools dry up from 2300 -0500 and then heat up from 0501--2259. Now just what was its name I can't remember.. Too bad nice place..




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    Thanks for the responses. It seems like I wasn't missing something with regard to the naming. I just wanted to be accurate when I try to describe to someone (or the forum) what kind of stream it is. The one I like the best is "headwaters of a freestone stream" (thanks bobbyg), although that is kind of a long name for such a little trickle.

    I hear everyone's comments with regard to secrecy, and I agree to an extent. Here's my thinking, at least for this particular area. First, the stream is next to a road, although not a road that is well traveled. Second, the stream is already listed in at least one of the popular guidebooks that covers trout streams of Virginia. Third, the brook trout in the picture came from a different stream, that although it looks similar, is actually much more difficult to get to, because there is not only no road, but not even a hiking trail. Fourth, there are at least a half-dozen similar streams within a 10 mile radius. Fifth, there are several streams nearby that draw the crowds because they are along traveled roads, have a lot more water, and receive stocked fish. Yes, this stream is very fragile, and I am very fortunate to have it and others so close to home. If a few other like-minded folks tread lightly here, I won't begrudge their presence.

    Now when I was in California for about a year, the situation regarding such streams was much different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kengore View Post
    How about 'plunge pool pocket water'. I have a little stream nearby that looks very similar...
    Ditto for me also!
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    I know you've already gotten several answers but my my first impression when looking at the picture you posted was simply "pretty".

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    Or you could call it Rattlesnake Creek, not many people want to fish there. Larry ---sagefisher---

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    Waskeyc, Personally, I call it pocket water fishing, always have and always will. Great fun creek fishing is something else you can call it Enjoy it while you can. Larry ---sagefisher---

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