Headed up to State College on March 30th, too bad it wasn't to fish. The water on Spring Creek was perfect, good clarity and a great flow. Weather was cloudy with off and on light rain and a cool 46 degrees. Of coarse when I heard the forecast I thought what a great day for the BWO's, and I thought right. Spoke to a buddy that evening that was on Spring Creek most of the day and he told me it was a killer day fishing the olives with wet flies.
Drove around to a few sections on Spring Creek to check out the water and to see how many anglers were on the water. Being Good Friday and guys having the day off. It wasn't surprising that there was quite a few anglers on Spring Creek. After leaving Spring Creek I headed down to check out the Little J. The J was running pretty high all most in the woods in some sections and off color. The heavy rains the day before brought her up pretty quick. Looks like the top end will be fishable in a few days and the lower end will be a little longer.
It was definitely a killer day for me as I was jumping from fly shop to fly shop shopping for bass and pike materials to tie flies for this summers lake fishing. Visited four different shops and the credit card was screaming the whole time. Not having hardly any of these materials to tie bass and pike flies it definitely was an eye opening experience. I was thinking as the fly shop guys were totaling my orders up, this is no different then when I started buying materials for trout thirty some years ago. But, as that saying goes " If you want to play you've got to pay".
O yea, I also had to drop a few more dollars on a new pair of wading boots. The Simms Headwaters Pro was the buy and when I got them home I installed new studs in them. So at this point its time to fish and I'll be heading to Spring Creek to catch the bwo's this week. No matter what the weather looks like.
On April 2nd headed to Spring Creek to finally get some over due fishing in. But, as mother nature would have it, another four to five inches of fresh snow hit the ground over night. The forecast said to be fortyish and partly sunny. Spring Creek was clear and a little on the low side for this time of the year. Fished three or four different sections throughout the day and landed fish in all those areas. Seen a few bwo's on the water and that's what the fish were keying on and my bwo wet worked pretty well. Felt great being on the water again FINALLY.
It was time to make the annual trip to Potter County the week before the opening day of trout season to open up the camp. As luck would have it I had to work the weekend, so it was my son John and nephew David that would make the trip. This trip is when we make sure that the place made it through the winter ok with no major damage. There's nothing worst then having to do work when its time to fish. Luckily there was only one small repair to be made and that was replacing the element in the hot water tank.
So the boys made the fix and the rest of the weekend was hitting the project on Kettle Creek. The flow was up a little and the clarity had that nice green tint. The weather was on the chilly side with a light dusting of snow on the ground. Fly selection was pretty simple small streamers with the picket pin on the dropper and those did the job for the guys.
John and David will be back next week for opening day along with the rest of the anglers that have camps in the area. As for me, I'll be guiding in Central PA for three days with fellow guides Rick Nyles and George Daniel. Should be a pretty good trip and the weather is looking great for an opening day.
A big thanks to Joe Sloboda and the Fireland Flyfishers up in Cleveland, Ohio for having me back to do a presentation for them on April 11th. Again gentlemen it was my pleasure making the trip up and speaking to the club again. Glad everyone enjoyed the program.
The opening day of trout season across Pennsylvania came in on April 14th and boy what an opener. Mother nature couldn't have given us any better weather with eighty degree temperatures. Rick Nyles, George Daniel and myself did our 2 day educational guide trip with four anglers on Big Fishing Creek and Penn's Creek. All of the guys got to put there knowledge to the test on Big Fishing Creek and Penn's Creek. We had a good hatch of grannoms on Big Fishing Creek and a sporadic hendrickson hatch on Penn's Creek. Everyone got some grabs and land a few fish and had a great time. The accommodations at the farm house were great and again the meals were awesome. Thank you to all for attending. Hope we can spend some time on the water again.
Opening day for my son John and nephew the David took place at our camp in Potter Co. They also had some great weather and very good water flow on Kettle Creek. The only thing missing was a good hatch for those guys, but they seem to manage to land some good ones. As usual everyone gathered around the fire ring Saturday night for the festivities which carried on into the wee hours of the morning. And O yea the picture of the fish frying in the pan over the fire are NOT trout. John's buddy brought up some striper fillets for that evenings supper. All and all another great opening day weekend.
On Sunday April 15th I did a trip with two anglers (Fred & Brian) on the Little J. Of coarse mother nature threw us another curve ball Saturday night and the temperature dropped into the thirties over night. We arrived at the J around 11:00am with temperatures in the mid forties. The water flow on the J looked great and the fish were eating BWO.s. The guys landed around eight or nine each and missed quite a few. The BWO wet was the fly of choice. All in all they had a good time before a cold chill set into them and they decided to call it a day around 6:00pm.
On April 21,22 my son John and I and two of John's buddies got to spend the weekend in the Kettle Creek Valley at our camp, what a great weekend we had. As expected for this time of the year, very cold mornings around twenty eight and high sixties in the afternoon. We all fished a number of different places on Kettle and caught fish. The flow was just a little high then what we like on the lower end of Kettle and we had to pass up a few areas that we like to fish. The upper end off Kettle had a good flow and we were able to fish all the area's we like to hit. Water temps were in the mid forties and the fish were staying deep. The only flies we seen were some small tan caddis's and no fish working them. We fished a number of different wet flies and nothing was really consistent.
I thought it was strange that there wasn't many anglers on the water for only being the second week of the season and decent weather, but we didn't mind. John and I landed one nice fish each to cap off the weekend. Looks like my fish will be making the camp Kettle Creek 20" Club. It was definitely one of the heaviest trout I landed on my five weight cane rod and it taped out at twenty inches. John's fish was a nice fifteen inch brown that put up a pretty good fight. Again great trip in the mountains, can't wait to get back.
On Monday guided on Penn's Creek in the Cherry Run area in the morning. Got on the water around 7:30am. Weather for the day was cool 34 degrees starting out and warmed up to around 70 in the afternoon. We hiked in to the third island above the parking area and started there, and finished below the island at the parking area. Water conditions were just a little high (840cfs) then I usually like it in this area. Water temp was 46 degrees in the am and didn't take temp in the afternoon. All of the riffle areas were running pretty fast and it was tough to get a good presentation with our wet flies. So the game was to concentrate on the heads and tail outs of the pools. Around 10:00 am grannoms were starting to hit the water, but they weren't hatching they were coming out of the trees. As seen many times before no fish working them. Fished from 7:30am to 12:30 and only moved one nice fish and lost it. But we weren't the only guys that were having a tough time. I spoke to a few other anglers and there day was pretty uneventful too.
I spent the rest of the day fishing on my own. I hit a couple of areas below Cherry Run and Weikert. Still lots of grannoms then the hendrickson's, BWO's and quill gordon's started to appear around 4:30pm. Same result as the morning lots of flies and no fish working them. Fished to 7:30pm then called it a day. The Penn's Creek jinx got me for the first time in many years. But that's why we keep coming back. We'll get him on the next trip. Spoke to another guide buddy the following day that was up in the Coburn area the same day I was on the water. He told me he arrived around 4:00pm and he had fish working and did well.
On April 26,27,28 Taylor and I guided four anglers on the little J. Weather was decent in the mid sixties with one day with a little rain. Water temp was fifty six and the flow was running around 515 cfs. Would have liked to seen the flow a little lower, but the wading wasn't too bad. Taylor fished nymphs and dries with the guys and I fished wets with them. We fished the upper river too up in the gorge and all the areas fished pretty well. A couple of the guys even landed a few doubles. It was again another great Above & Below guided trip. We'll be looking forward to next year. If your interested in booking this guide trip for 2019 give me a call. Its a great guided trip.
After the guys left the lodge on Sunday morning to head home, Taylor and I clean up the lodge and loaded our vehicles and headed to the river to get a few hours of fishing in. The weather absolutely sucked. Over night the temperature dropped and the wind was gusting. My vehicle thermometer said forty but it felt like twenty. It didn't matter we were going to fish anyway. My thoughts were with that drop in the temperature over night those fish would be turned off, that was not true at all. We hit a section on the river that the fish were feeding pretty well and nymphs and wets was the game. Around 4:30pm BWO's started hatching and Taylor worked them over with dries and I fished three bwo wets. It was hot and heavy for about an hour and a half and we land some nice browns. Finally we decided to call it a day. Another great trip on a great river.