Here are a couple of great small-stream tips from Elliot Barnes at Bow River Troutfitters in Calgary, Alberta. The first video explains why you shouldn’t walk past long flat-water stretches of a creek because they look featureless. Bankside structure might actually feature plenty of good trout lies, and these fish might not get fished to as much as those trout in riffles and pools.
The second tip is great for small stream, but it will also work wherever the current is pulling on your fly line and causing your dry fly to drag. Bu high-sticking the fly and keeping as much line off the water as possible, you can achieve a drag-free drift. Just make sure you approach with stealth and use the broken water to conceal your silhouette.