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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Adding to the Hauntings

Back story, bear with me....

In 2005 I was fly fishing the Heritage water of Falling Springs in early spring. I had a scud and a BH pheasant tail tied on. I carefully approached a popular pool and noticed a rock on the bottom with a small log adjacent to the rock. I wanted to get a good drift near the log and the rock. On my 5th cast, the log moved and my strike indicator went under. It took me a few seconds to realize what had happened, and by then it was too late. The giant brown spit the fly and shot off upstream. Fathers Day, 2013, I was fly fishing Penns with my dad and brother when I hooked into a giant, lightly spotted brown trout. I yelled for them to come up, but a few moments later the tippet got wrapped on a rock and snapped. Early June 2015, again on Penns I had a trout take a slate drake nymph, roll at the surface once, and then before I knew it, he had me in my backing before the fly slipped out of his mouth.

I am haunted by those 3 fish, they were truly beasts, PA giants, and I've caught a few really nice trout here and there. But today I added the 4th fish I will have nightmares about, I still can't stop thinking about it.


I only had 5 hours to fish this morning, and wanting to avoid crowds, I arrived well before dark and hiked up from the last parking area 1/4 of a mile. The creek was a little dirtier than I expected, not the limestone green, but more brownish. My 3rd cast though I caught my biggest...fall fish of the year. Two casts later I landed a real nice....bass...and then another bass. But just after that one, the spinner stopped dead and as a fish came to the surface, I thought I foul hooked a carp. But it was a brown trout, and it was HUGE, and he rolled over the line and I felt the spinner slip once and then was out. He momentarily hung in the water, slapped his mouth shut and retreated to the bottom. I said some very, very, very bad words and then some more, but what can you do. I carried on, but losing fish would be a theme early. In the first hour I landed 3 trout and lost 24. Not like missed them lost, like had them on for a few seconds and lost them. Air was going out fast, but then I rescued a bee in the water and the good karma kicked in. I ended up landing 58 in the next 4 hours with the majority being in the 12"-16" range, but a nice 20"er or so bounced out of the net before a picture and most were fat an healthy. Not bad for the first of July on this heavily pressured water. The fishing was so fast and furious I didn't take many pictures, I should have had near 100 if I had been on my game, oh well, that's the trade off spending the summer with your son!

8-1586 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 05:50 PM
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Very nice.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 04:28 PM
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great pics and story
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Nice pics!!
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Sounded like a great day.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2017, 07:18 PM
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Great looking brown trout looks like they have been feeding good. Great pics and story. Thanks for sharing.

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