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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2017, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Leftovers

Leftovers are my favorite. I prefer them cold, no matter what it is. I of course would not pass up a fresh, hot meal. Same with my trout preferences. I really don't get excited about fishing for freshly stocked trout. I don't even start fishing until the end of May (mostly due to my work schedule). Stocked trout become much more appealing to me when they have been in the stream a few months and have some wits about them. I don't consider a trout to be a "holdover" until they make it through a winter. I haven't really thought about my definition of a holdover until reading another post on here last week. Reflecting back, I guess i subconsciously used making it through a winter as a definition. . I think these surviving stocked trout deserve a lot of credit for not succumbing to live bait, power bait, snagging, floods, droughts, and everything else that they endure between march and the end of july. I consider them "leftovers".

With the copious amount of precipitation we recieved for a three week period ending last week, the bigger streams are still flowing like may. The tiny brooks are nearing their normal levels again. I have one particular stream that I have learned quite well over the years. Its sort of a "secret" spot to me. A few different factors go into this half mile stream section into almost always holding a few big trout. Each year, many of my 20+ inch fish come from this stream section during july and august. I knew that I would be trying it a bit early when I fished it yesterday based on how comparatively high the water is for this time of summer but I couldn't resist.

I started at a beautiful little washout under a root system. I have a history with this spot, or a lack thereof. In 5 years of fishing here, and thousands of trout caught from this stream, I have NEVER caught a trout in this great looking spot, until today!
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Not a giant, but the curse has been lifted.


Moving upstream, I could see the effects of how high and turbulent the water was a week ago. Sediment was washed clean from a lot of the streambed. This happens once every year or 2 on this stream due to its steep banks and elevation profile.
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As I walked up through this next waterslide (and the 2" depth of water splashed up to my chest because of its velocity) I recalled wading this stream and others before wearing Korkers. I fall much less often now, I remain at least 50% more dry, and I can move quicker.
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The first decent sized trout (14.5") came to hand after a thread-the-needle cast between the boulder and a tree limb pictured below.
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Despite losing water to three different pumps and 3 different mobile homes along the creek who apparently get their water from the creek, there was still plenty for me and the fish.
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This little waterfall gave up the first "hog" of the day at 17.5"
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I took a foray up a small tributary. It looks like a stream where you would set a minnow trap. Tiny, not super cold, more tiny gravel in the stream than large rocks...I planned to work up until I found the first "good" spot to give it an honest try. I blanked in the first 3 casts into the first "good" spot but the 4th cast caught me daydreaming as a solid brown grabbed ahold of my spinner.
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Surprised and satisfied, I went back down to the bigger stream.


On the main stream, I was very surprised to see that this raccoon dropped its midnight snack.
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I was not surprised however, when my spinner stopped abruptly at the tail of a deep pool. This is one pool where I catch big fish every year. Its apparently a very inviting location for big stockers on the move.
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I really wanted this guy to be 20", but he wasn't. At just over 19", he would be the biggest of the day.


The very last and usually best hole in this section did not disappoint. The first fish caught there was an 18" brown that did not cooperate for the picture. I should have done a "safety" picture, but I was strategically positioning the fish with the background and the lighting, it loosed itself.

I was more cautious with the last fish of the day. I had been carrying a net (which I only do once or twice a year, usually on the river) because a friend of mine that does woodworking is starting to build nets and I figured I'd get some practice with mine so I can make recommendations as he builds his. This was the only fish I used the net on, just to use it. The stream is small enough that I felt in complete control landing all fish.
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This 15" rainbow fit nicely into my net.

After working the last spot throughly from tail to headwaters, I saw the writing on the wall...literally. My secret stretch of water is no longer secret...haha
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I'm not sure if somebody wrote this just for fun, or actually knew they were in a big trout haven. I didn't get as many hogs as a wanted to, but as I stated, the conditions for this water will improve in the coming weeks and I will be back!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2017, 11:34 AM
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Leftovers, I like that. If you don't mind I will steal that from you and use it going forward when I remember lol. I agree completely with you though. I could make a living on catching stocked trout once they've been in the stream for a little while. I absolutely love their predictability and think that act more like a trout should in some cases. Holdover.....I mean leftover trout fishing is a blast.


I see that big brown has those leopard like spots most common in that region.

I'm guessing this is the stream that you caught that absolutely gargantuan rainbow in last year or the year before? Seems like you fish this place every year under much lower water conditions and do a good bit better. I'd go back in a few weeks if water falls..........since it's such a short stretch of stream fishing it twice in a year, who cares. It's not like your going there in hopes of catching 100+ fish.


Lastly, I get anxiety a lot just reading that sign graffiti. But just like any good fishing spot in PA. Even then you think you have place to yourself, in reality, there almost always other people fishing it. Lots of guys poking around this great state.

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Some beautiful trout and beautiful pictures.

If you fish streams that are stocked but get warm, does that mean you will be catching warmed up leftovers ?
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Ahhhh, good one Andy! Cheesy as possible. I like it!
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In the worst of summers, this stream only gets up to 70 degrees even in its lower reaches, so more like room temperature
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I didn't figure that stream got warm, but I couldn't resist the attempt at humor.

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I really like the photo of the waterfall. Great flow, too.

I gotta admit, "leftovers" is a cute name for stocked trout that have survived until now. For me though I think I'll just keep calling them "stocked trout," "stockies," or "stockers."

I've seen water pumps in some of the steams I fish. I think in most cases people are getting water for their garden or lawn.

One stream that I fish has sections of solid bedrock like this stream you fished. It's amazing, but there can be just a little pocket in the rock and there will be a little native brookie there. Makes you wonder how they make a living there.

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Very nice, great pictures and accompanying story!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :-)

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Beautiful trout and really nice stream!

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