Last Saturday's heavy rains kept me in camp all day. On Sunday I was out the door at 5:46 but I had to drive a good ways and hunt around to find a place that was fishable.
While driving around Sunday, I realized that even on a rainy day you never become tired of the beauty of NC PA:
The water was up and barely fishable so today was spin fishing:
Back in either the late 80's or 90's I was at a TU function with Dad and had seen Frank's presentation on spinner fishing. Although dad was primarily a fly-fisherman he encouraged me to give it a shot. We purchased some simple equipment. After lots of trial and error you figure out what works for different conditions and fish. Dad enjoyed watching me make spinners and even used them occasionally when he was not fly fishing.
Lots of small wild browns like these:
Came into some nicer pools and picked up several nicer fish:
I came across this nest box which I believe is a PAGC Owl box...? I thought I was the only one hanging these but mine are different. I did not get too close to see if it was currently/previously occupied.
A couple in the 17-18 range that morning. The photos were not good because the fish were in such tough locations:
And one at 20+. Looks smaller here but his nose was just past the 20" tape mark on my rod. He was even nicer than this photo shows:
On the way back to the truck, I enjoy taking in nature and talking to other landowners about their properties and protecting cold water. I came across this landowners spring house and it made my day:
I steeped to the spring and kneeled admiring the jewelweed and aquatic life. I took a drink and it tasted awesome. It seemed cold to me so I took out my thermometer. It was a balmy 47 coming right out of the mountain. LOL :
Thank you landowner. Thank you for educating the kids on stewardship. Protect your cold water resources. Be cautious of the size of your ponds. Please don't dump your antifreeze and used oil behind the house. Please fix the leaks on your vehicles. Be cautious about disturbing headwaters, springs and seeps. Educate the people within your circle of influence.