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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-05-2018, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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My first Erie steelhead trip a success !

First I'd like to thank Dave2pa for inviting me along for the day . We arrived in the area of Girard about 9am . Dave gave me a tour of all the hot spots around Elk and Walnut Creeks . He then took me over to Trout Run nursery stream to show me the Steelhead up close . The fish commission and students from Clarion University were collecting big brown trout to milk at the hatchery so we got a close look at those also . There were about 40-50 fishermen lined up on the beach catching fish like crazy . We decided that the beach was as good as anywhere , so we got our gear out and headed for a spot . Dave & I had 2 fish each by lunchtime , but his friend had yet to get one to the net . So I ran to get us lunch while they stayed to fish and hold our spots on the beach . By the time I got back with food , his buddy landed the biggest fish of the day ! Jinx broken ! ! We all limited out by 2pm and decided to head for home . I decided to head back to Poor Richards with my catch and trade them in for the smoked ones . Hopefully the end of this week will clear back up in Erie for another Steelhead fishing trip .

Ooops , forgot to add pictures .
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Bless to have a great lake near us, Congrats on a good day fishing
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Thanks 59Willys . Yes we are blessed to have the big lakes . I can't believe I waited 55 years to try this . I'm sure it will become a tradition for this old man in the future . BTW , the smoked trout from Poor Richards is fantastic ! The Cajun seasoning option is a little salty , but delicious !
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2018, 02:41 AM
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Great Job!...But that type of fishing isn't for me...I like to be secluded, and I go to get away from people. No thanks
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Great Job!...But that type of fishing isn't for me...I like to be secluded, and I go to get away from people. No thanks
I agree, very nice fish! I also agree about wanting to get away from people when I fish.

I’m glad that you guys have the patience to put up with the crowds and that you catch some really nice trout. I realize that my type of trout fishing doesn’t appeal to everyone either.

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Oh no Trout Traveler , I agree it's crowded , but to get into the large fish , you have limited options . After all , it's Erie not Alaska . It's a unique experience all fishermen should try . Dave I went back Wednesday , but walked up Elk creek . Only saw 2-3 guys at any one time . I do enjoy the remote pictures you post up of your adventures . Absolutely beautiful streams & trout .
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Oh no Trout Traveler , I agree it's crowded, but to get into the large fish, you have limited options. After all, it's Erie not Alaska. It's a unique experience all fishermen should try. Dave I went back Wednesday, but walked up Elk creek. Only saw 2-3 guys at any one time. I do enjoy the remote pictures you post up of your adventures. Absolutely beautiful streams & trout.
Thanks very much, I’m glad you enjoy my posts.

I don’t mean to discourage anyone from going to Erie and fishing, especially if they’ve never done it. I’m just saying that whenever I have fished there it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The last time I fished there, it was extremely crowded. I finally found an unoccupied spot and within minutes another fisherman stomped right through the head of the pool not 20 feet in front of me, splashing water all over and scaring every fish in the pool. That pretty much clinched it for me.

From what I’ve seen, the type of fishing that is most successful there is where you stay in a spot for a long time and repeatedly cast. I certainly have no problem with anyone who wants to do that, but I don’t like to fish that way. I’m a spinner and plug fisherman. 90%+ of my trout are caught on the first cast and almost all within three casts, so I’ve got to keep moving, which is difficult to do because of all the people there. I no longer fish on Opening Day of trout season for the same reason.

Steelhead are extremely strong, athletic fish and I understand why people go to great lengths to catch them. I’m glad people enjoy the experience. I’m just saying it isn’t for me.

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I definitely understand . I've heard some rude stories from other friends that have fished up in Erie also . I agree about the first day of trout in Pa . I quit when my father passed away back in 2003 . I only went because he enjoyed fishing with his 3 boys . Steelhead was something I'd never done before . Yes , they are a very energetic fish . Especially on a float drifting rod & 4 lb. test . Now , I'll be gearing for ice fishing . Something most people don't even care to try . I just enjoy being in the outdoors .
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