While eating dinner outside our camper on Saturday evening, I heard the sound I had been waiting for all afternoon – a big raindrop hitting our awning followed by another and then another. Soon the skies opened up and we were forced to retreat inside to finish dinner. Although the family was disappointed that our nightly campfire would be cancelled, I was feeling pretty excited about the fishing in the morning.
I woke up early Sunday morning and drove to my destination through the beautiful Amish countryside. When I arrived at the stream around 5:45, I was immediately taken aback by the nasty humidity. By the time I hiked the 20 minutes downstream, I was pretty soaked from sweat and had finished most of my water.
Although the water was not as high as I had hoped, it was nicely off-colored from the previous evening’s storm and I was feeling pretty good about what lied ahead.
Sorry for the picture quality, all shots were from my iPhone.
One of the first pools up from the stream’s mouth
The bottom half of the stream is pretty rugged with a decent change in gradient
The action from the start was beyond expectations. Every spot that had that “trouty look”, produced multiple swipes from the aggressive trout. As I have noted before, the trout in this drainage system are faster than any trout I have ever come across. To say my hook-up ratio was 20% might be an overstatement.
The only drawback to this stream is that it draws in a lot of hikers and their dogs. I skipped over some decent water in my attempt to beat hikers to the ‘even better’ spots.
Looking down from the top of the waterfall
The top half of the stream flattens out, but there is still plenty of good holding water. Surprisingly, the action was even hotter in the top half than the bottom half.
Since I had a busy day planned with the family and have a decent outing planned for this upcoming weekend, I didn’t want to spend more than a couple of hours fishing. So after 2 hours and 15 minutes, I called it a day. I still had about a half mile of fishable stream in front of me, but with 43 wild brown trout brought to hand, I was content with heading back to camp.