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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2017, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Maryland Waters: Part 1

Early Wednesday morning I pulled out of the driveway and headed south for 6 days of southern tail water trout fishing. My first stop was 2 nights of camping in Cunningham Falls State Park to fly fish Big Hunting Creek and Owens Creek. I used to fish these streams when my wife and I lived in Waynesboro, but the last time I was there was the summer of 2007. My first impression of the stream was one of absence....as in water. I had fished it many times in the summer before and never remember the water as low and as clear as it was this time.

Big Hunting Creek 4 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

First two pools and runs were fruitless, but the third pool brought a nice rainbow to hand:

Big Hunting Creek Bow by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Fishing was somewhat slow on morning one. I only landed 16 trout, but I spooked a lot of fish in the low water as they actually seemed to be hanging out in the shallow water. I checked into the campsite and set up home for a few days:

Cunningham Falls by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Tried drying the waders out. It was 94 degrees and about 90% humidity and the sweat ran freely!

ECO Dryer by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Went down to the creek in the evening to take a few pictures:

Big Hunting Creek 1 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek 2 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek 5 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek 6 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek 7 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek 9 by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek 10 by Jason Weller, on Flickr


Traveled over to Owens Creek then and found similar water...I mean lack of water. Landed a few on spinners there and lost a few on the beetle before calling it a day. I did go to the lake and catch a few bluegills and bass from shore though first!

Got up early on Thursday and was surprised to see another angler out at that time. I had to skip the first few pools, but I made sure to be more cautious in my approach to spots and make longer casts so as not to spook the fish in the clear water. I got a lot more strikes, but it's hard setting the hook when your fly line is over 3 rocks, a branch, and a tree two pools up from you, but it paid off and I was able to land 26 and long release about 1000...well maybe 30, but it seemed like a bunch.

Beetle Eater by Jason Weller, on Flickr

BW Brown by Jason Weller, on Flickr

3 WT by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek Brown by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Big Hunting Creek Brown Trout by Jason Weller, on Flickr

I fished well into the afternoon before running in to too many other anglers, so I went for a drive with the camera and headed back to the lake before getting ready to depart in the morning.

Doe by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Determination by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Garter Snake by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Packed up very early Friday morning and headed west....

Western MD by Jason Weller, on Flickr

MD Overlook by Jason Weller, on Flickr

I arrived at the Savage River around 8am in a terrible storm. Drove around a bit looking at the water, saw a break in the clouds and grabbed my single hook spinners and ventured out quickly. The weather was pretty unsettled so I left the good camera in the car. A few casts in I lost an 18"+ trout and cursed the single hook...but I soon landed 8 and took a few pictures on the cell phone before thunder and torrential rain forced me from the stream.

Savage River Brown Trout by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Dark Savage Brown Trout by Jason Weller, on Flickr

Savage River by Jason Weller, on Flickr

After that I set up camp, sat through another heavy storm and then things got interesting.....TO BE CONTINUED...(still editing pics)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2017, 09:38 AM
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Awesome......you ended that well. I'm excited to read the rest and will save my typing till then. I love 'adventure post's.
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I like adventure posts too. You had some nice fishing in between storms.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-19-2017, 07:29 PM
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great pics and story. seems like a good time so far
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