Typical for this time of the year, my fishing trips have been few and far between. I snuck out for several hours over a weekend in mid-September, but I felt that there was not enough content for a full forum post and decided I would include the photos from that trip into a later forum post with more substance.
Saturday, 9/16 and Sunday, 9/17
With most stream flows in NE PA at a little more than a trickle in mid-September, I fished two different sections of the same stream for about an hour and a half each day over the weekend. Saturday fished better than expected for me given the conditions and Sunday fished like I would have expected – slow and unproductive.
Not a bad looking stretch of water. On my walk back to my car, I found out that this section was actually running through posted land (the landowner group did their best to conceal the red Posted signs behind tree branches and other debris).
With almost a month long layoff from fishing, I was more than eager to get back on the water and put a few hours in chasing trout. Since the beginning of the year, I have had a few streams that I wanted to check out and explore. With time running out in the 2017 fishing season, I put one of these streams to the test this past Saturday.
The fishing started slower than expected, but it was still a bit dark out when I started casting. While moving upstream in the first pool of the day, something caught my eye that was swimming in my direction. When I took a good look, I realized it was a beaver swimming downstream about 10 feet from me. I figured he was moving on, but was quite surprised when a minute later that same beaver came swimming back upstream and was a foot or two closer to me this time. With that I picked up the pace and moved on upstream.
On my first cast, I had a huge wake following my spinner. As soon as I saw the trout take my spinner, I set the hook. It was a great battle with plenty of runs before I brought the trout to hand. It’s hard to tell from the below picture, but the brute of a trout had bent my spinner rather badly and rendered it useless.
Those water levels on the small streams really don't look all that bad considering how dry it has been. The small mountain streams here in SC PA aren't flowing that well.
I too like the photo of the rainbow trout. Those photos are hard to take. Luck helps.
Years ago I was standing in a strong riffle about knee deep right at daybreak when there wasn't enough light to really fish yet and saw a beaver swimming downstream underwater about five feet away headed for a collision with my hip boots. I shifted my feet just enough that he noticed me and just missed hitting my boots. That'll make the hair on one's neck stand on end.
I occasionally get a spinner bent by a large trout or by hitting a cement bridge. I just grab the eye that holds the hook with my pliers and then straighten it with my fingers. Works well.