Up in the higher elevations of the Catskill Mountains of Northern Appalachia, first order streams or headwater streams, are where some of the best sights of fall can be seen underwater. These streams average less than 10 feet wide and a couple feet deep at most.The colored leaves are an excellent back drop and compliment to the equally vibrant oranges and reds of Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), which are preparing to spawn. The leaves provide a food source for many stream macroinvertebrates and shelter for small Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys atratalus) and Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus). There are few better places to be at this time of the year with a mask, snorkel, and a VERY thick wetsuit.
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