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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2015, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Lots of beauty, not much beast

From here on out, the most important factor in determining my trout fishing will be water temperatures, especially if the nighttime lows stay in the 70's. So this morning I decided to check the temps on my big water. When I got to the stream in the pre-dawn, the temperature was a chilly 64, however that reading was just 50 yards below a cold water tributary. I checked throughout the morning and found a few places that topped out at 68, which is still good considering the temps this week.

I started out throwing spinners on the bigger water:

1-0059 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

The sunrise was pretty decent, though humid!

14-0056 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

I landed 11 in just under 2 hours, but I was slow and should have had more, a lot more.

2-0061 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

3-0063 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

I rolled 2 really nice looking trout, but they avoided the hooks. The best was a stocked rainbow that was in the ballpark of 18". Stupid fish throw the hook as he hit the net and then made a hasty retreat into the depths.

2 casts later the spinner stopped solid, I mean brick wall solid, and then the line headed for deeper water, but it didn't take long to realize it was no trout:

4-0067 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

After snapping that picture, I realized the sky had changed colors a little bit:

5-0069 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

I decided that instead of getting caught in a storm far from the car, I'd better pack it up and head for some smaller waters with the fly rod:

I caught 21 before the heavy rains came:

6-0072 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

A nice mix of browns and brookies

7-0080 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Waiting out the heaviest of the rain:

15-1966 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

They really turned on in the rain, so there aren't many pictures of those, and then after the rain I ran into the dilemma of fish or take pictures...I managed to do both and landed another 31.

12-0188 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

falls 1-0103 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

11-0159 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

9-0105 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

8-0083 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

After exhausting the majority of that stream, I went to another and decided to try the spinners there since it was tight with rhododendron.

Lady along the road on the way over:

doe -1907 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

There were also 2 of these guys crossing the road:

16-1974 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

I was able to get 5 more for a total of 68 for the day. The gnats drove me off of that stream a little early. It felt like I had a living beard there were that many!

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Re: Lots of beauty, not much beast

great post...terrific pics
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Nice
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Great pictures. The 7th picture with the different shades of green is my favorite.
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Re: Lots of beauty, not much beast

Great photos as usual.

I have to find me an orange beetle for the fly rod. You seem to do quite well with them and I'm sure it's a lot easier to keep a visual on in the stream than the standard black beetles.
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Great photos as usual.

I have to find me an orange beetle for the fly rod. You seem to do quite well with them and I'm sure it's a lot easier to keep a visual on in the stream than the standard black beetles.
I started tying them to match the June Bugs I saw around yards adjacent to Falling Springs. I was surprised at how well those wary trout took them, so I started using them on Big Hunting Creek in Maryland and did quite well...so when we moved back to central PA I just kept tying them and the fish in most streams respond well to them. They don't work quite as well everywhere, but they do well enough most places I fish.

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Re: Lots of beauty, not much beast

You may not have caught any trophy trout but you brought home some trophy photos.

I've had days on that larger stream when the water is in the 60's and the smallmouth bass nearly outnumbered the trout caught. I recall one time when I caught three or four in one day that were around 15" long and looked like they had swallowed a Coke can. Most were small, however.

Love those photos on the small stream with the mossy rocks and cotton-candy water. I'm pretty sure I know where that is.

Nice shots of the deer and grouse, too.

I also like the photo of the wild brown trout lying beside the fly rod. Fly reels look a lot more picturesque in photos than spinning reels.

Great job illustrating a fine day astream.

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Re: Lots of beauty, not much beast

nice fish

Smallies > trout any day of the week.

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Really enjoyed the pics and write up. If I had a place to catch trout and smallies like that near me I would be in heaven.
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Very nice. Sounds and looks like a great day outdoors.

Enjoy life and take a hike on the AT.
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