Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thankfullness

The "run" in Boiling Springs PA
As we come away from the Thanksgiving holiday, I was particularly thankful this year that my wife and I could spend the holiday with our two daughters and son-in-law.  We spend much of the year apart, so a few days together was such a blessing. On Sunday afternoon it was time to drive my youngest back to school to finish up the semester.  Before returning home, I spent a couple hours on the Yellow Breeches in PA.  It was a great opportunity to be outside on warm, bright, sunny, November morning. When the weather starts to turn colder and the days grow shorter, the solitude of normally busy streams and rivers can be something very enjoyable, especially one days like these.

A small wild brown
From my experience a week earlier on "the Run", I decided to try my 6’6” fiberglass rod and shorten up my leader.  I started off the morning fishing small eggs to a group of trout holding in the shallow tail out of a gentle riffle.  I don’t often sight fish to trout but in the crystal clear, shallow water I could easily see and observe several trout.  I started off with a small zebra midge and a small foam egg.  As I watched the egg tumbling through the water, occasionally a fish would follow the egg but mostly it was being ignored.  I placed a small spit shot about 10-12 inches above the egg to see if I could keep it closer to the bottom and slow it down.  After making several adjustments to the drift, I managed to pick up the first brown of the morning.  I tried half a dozen small nymphs as a dropper but the trout weren't interested.  After being satisfied that I had worked the riffle thoroughly, I switched colors on the egg and managed one more brown.

I took a little break to talk with another angler who had done very well with scuds in another spot.  After our conversation, I decided to move on to some deeper, faster moving water.  I added another split shot and fished the egg/zebra midge combination and found three more browns that were looking for eggs as well as some brief tangles with trout that took a variety of cress bugs and pheasant tails of various sizes.




After spending most of the morning thoroughly enjoying myself, it was time to start on the drive home but it was a shame to leave on such a gorgeous day. Days like this one aren't that common in  late November, so I  was especially thankful to have the opportunity to fish over fussy PA browns and have some success.  The shorter rod and leader definitely made the fishing easier and more enjoyable.



8 comments:

  1. Mark, I am glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with your girls and your son in law. My two girls were home as well, also my Mom and Dad, and we had a nice day. The seasoned oak in the fireplace burned well and put out nice heat.

    Long drive to pickup and take back your daughter to her college in that part of Pennsylvania, but I know it is worth it. I am glad those beautiful streams there are part of the trip.

    Best, Sam

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    1. Thank you Sam, glad to hear that you were able to all be together as well! I have enjoyed fishing in central PA, it takes me back to when I was young.

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  2. Mark
    Simply beautiful browns!! Glad you had the opportunity to fish for a while before heading home.

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    1. Thanks Pete - it does help break up the trip down and back.

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  3. Mark
    Beautiful water and color trout taken; I'm so impressed with the banks of the streams and their beauty you guys fish in the northeast----meaning easy access to the banks to avoid a lot of hang-ups. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - It is a pretty little stream but don't let those park-like banks and benches fool you! That stream is tight with the overhanging bushes and trees. That's why I using my shorter rod (the 8.5ft and 10ft were just too long for that stream)

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  4. Mark, the bottom picture which reveals a clear pool and small dam with a pool below is one of the toughest places to catch trout consistently, they are really exposed their and and usually very nervous. This is where presentation and stealth are paramount. You had another great day, I'm glad. Looks like your getting sucked in on the challenge of the yellow breeches, I can think of worst things. Thankyou for the report, they never get old.

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  5. Thanks Brad - that section is tough to fish there is no doubt but I have to admit that each time I do, I come away with a few more things to try the next time. And so it goes...

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