Labor day Weekend
My 8-year old son has really started to take an interest in fishing this summer, which has led me to do more fishing than I've done in quite a while. It's not that I don't love to fish, it's just there's only so much free time often consumed by hunting, scouting and trail cameras. We always had fun, but it was the same old streams. Earlier this summer on a rare cold late June day, we had visited Pine Creek for the first time as an after thought to a bear scouting trip. I was blown away at the number and size of fish (first picture). It made me think I should really expand my horizons more on the streams we visited.
For Labor day we visited my in-laws in Blair County, and with the weather as cold and wet as it was, it made the typical plans of having to lay by the pool watching the kids turn into a fishing vacation. We started out Sat afternoon and Sunday morning at my old stand-by, a stocked stream in Bedford that has a decent wild brown population. We caught a few both days. I tried fishing a minnow plug after reading trout travelers stories for years. It sure was great for seeing trout follow and miss it, but I just landed a few. I need to practice more, but since it's just catch and release, seeing them hit is fun too. My son caught a few as well, including the pretty brown in the second picture.
On Monday, we got up at 5:30 AM and headed to the Little J. He jumped right out of bed, if only he did that for school mornings. There was just one other car at our spot. We saw just two others all morning. It was my first time there so had no idea what to expect. It was not the easiest stream to get an 8 year old with 6 inch rain boots to get around, as every rock was slippery. We caught a pretty brown at the first spot we stopped. We moved up about 75 yards and found another rock I could carry him to. I let him fish and moved up a few yards. I heard his drag singing and assumed he had a rock until I saw fish jump and I knew he had a hog on. I came back to try to assist I fell off the rock and nearly took him with me, but luckily I kept the phone dry and he kept the fish on. Turned out to be 19 inch bow. I couldn't believe he landed it on 4lb test and hook just barely hanging onto the jaw. The very next cast he landed a 16 inch rainbow. At this point, we didn't think it could get much better, until his next cast. The image will remain stuck in my head forever. Again after listening to his drag sing, he claimed he saw the fish and wasn't stuck. A true monster launched itself entirely out of the water twice. I recall yelling as I had never seen anything like it in my thirty plus years of fishing. It spit the hook, which was probably a good thing, as there's no way his tackle would have held it. We were so excited at that point.
It was at that point with my son having three hogs on in 3 casts, I took off my plug and tied on what he was using, but that was the last big fish of the day. We caught a few pretty browns but nothing of size and fished till around 11. I was really impressed with the numbers of fish. As the day warmed, there was more and more surface activity.
I had been going to my inlaws for over 15 years, which was about 45 minutes from the Little J and had never tried it before. I already suggested we have Thanksgiving at there house this year so we can visit it again.
Last edited by millerc; 09-06-2017 at 05:51 AM.