Sunday morning found me waking up in my fourth different state in as many days – Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and now good ole’ Pennsylvania. On my travels, I had driven over a ton of awesome looking trout waters, so I was pretty excited about wetting a line on Sunday. As I also did a ton of driving over these past few days, I was running on fumes and didn’t put a whole lot of thought or research into Sunday’s outing.
After driving up and down a bordering road three times and not seeing a single posted sign early Sunday morning, Plan A fizzled out when I hiked the 200 yards to the stream only to find the dreaded (and somewhat camouflaged) posted signs.
Plan B would have required me to park in a private community to hike a trail that was for “Community Residents and Guests”. I debated staying and pressing my luck, but at the last minute I decided against dealing with a potential headache and went scrambling for Plan C.
Plan C came to fruition when I saw a parking lot next to a stream that I knew had open access. Not knowing any different, I jumped right in and started fishing. My first cast was greeted with a swipe from a decent sized trout. My next cast was greeted with this nice sized trout. A great way to kick off the morning.
The action was fast and furious. Every spot that seemed like good holding water was producing.
The wild browns were putting on quite the aerial acrobatics show and made it a challenge for me to keep them from throwing the hook.
Every trout that I would bring to hand was a decent sized fish until this guy took a chance. You have to admire his aggressiveness.
Finally after about 30 minutes of non-stop action, everything came to a screeching halt. As I pressed on upstream, the habitat declined slightly, but it still should have held more fish. I kept fishing for another hour with minimal results. To make things worse, the stream borders a couple of diners, and I was getting real hungry with the smell of bacon and pancakes in the air. Instead of moving to another section or switching streams altogether, I decided to pack it in for the day.