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Wow, March and April have come and gone so quickly that I didn't even have time to get any posts on the blog page in time in those months. This year the guiding season got started earlier than ever. I guess everyone was pretty much fed up with the winter months and tired of hearing about covid and just wanted to get out and fish.
The month of March fished well with the flows holding pretty steady through the month. BWO's and black stoneflies were the main hatches. We fished mostly on Spring Creek and the Little J. Both streams gave up some good numbers of fish.
In April the grannoms came early this year and the guide trips that I had early in the month went very well. The anglers on those trips landed and missed a lot of fish, but all in all they all said they had a great time.
I also was able to get out a few times in between guide trips to chase some fish. Believe it or not I did not throw a single wet fly. The new game for me in 2022 is chasing trout with articulating streamers. Yes, you heard that right, no wetflies.
Now at this time in my fly fishing career it's time to experience and excel at a new method. I can't believe how exciting it is to watch these fish chase down these flies and eat them. I can honestly say I haven't been this excited about a fly fishing method since I started fishing wetflies way back when. I can also say that this streamer fishing is not for everybody, it takes a lot of work to do this connective days in a row. One thing is the rewards are absolutely awesome when brought to the net. So I guess I'll be on my way to becoming a "Streamer Junkie".
As the month of May rolls in, the first couple of guide trips went very well. The flow on the J has been up and off color and a little tough to wade and swing wets. Decided to get the guys on Spring Cr which seemed to have the best flows and the best water clarity. Not much fly activity, only seeing a few tan caddis and a few sulphurs. But the action was great swing wets. Couple of good browns and a good rainbow were brought to the net. lots of rain
As we move into the second week of May. Mother nature just threw us a big curve ball with lots of rain and I mean lots of rain. Every stream in Central & Northcentral PA is very very high, I think I'll call it close to flood stage. Nice weather is coming next week and hopefully the streams will drop to a fishable level.
The middle of the month is finally starting to fish well. The flows are coming down to a good level after some big storms hit the central part of the state. Guide trips have been really good and all the anglers are bringing fish to the net.
I also got to spend a few days on the water on my own to explore some new areas that I never fished before. Water was a little off color but the flow was perfect. As soon as I saw the color I was wishing I would have brought the streamer gear. But it turned out to be a really good day swing size 12 wets.
My son John also had a great month of May chasing trout and turkeys in Potter County. He bagged a 21lb gobbler and landed plenty of trout on wet flies. But the really wild story is with this fawn in one of the pictures here. He told me he was driving down the dirt road when this doe jumped right in front of him and squatted down and dropped the fawn in the middle of the road. What are the chances of seeing that? All in all he had another great trip to the big woods.
Still been pretty busy guiding the first few weeks in June. Have had a few trips to Potter Co doing some wild trout trips. Kettle, Pine and the First Fork are starting to see some low water conditions now. Fishing on these streams are an early and evening game now. Surprisingly enough the tribs in the area are fishing great for wild browns and brook trout. Looks like I'll finish up guiding the first part of the season for trout after the third week in June. It'll be time to give those fish a break for the summer months. We'll be back on the water for trout in the fall.
The last week of June was time to start chasing smallmouths. We've been on the upper Juniata River and a few lakes and the smallmouths were coming to the nets. The weather has been decent with cool mornings and warm afternoons. The water on the upper Juniata has been at a good flow and warming up nicely and the lakes have been warming nicely too. Fish are starting to turn on.