I thought I would take the time to share a recent trip that I took for some native brook trout. The destination was Northeastern, PA. I have some pictures mixed in along as a few videos for anyone who cares to watch. It was a fairly eventful day, so I split it into 3 parts.
Part 1, of course, begins with the first stream of the day. I left home around 4:30am and arrived around 7:00am. It was a chilly day for early September at 50 degrees in the morning, and a high of 60 for the day. The first stream was the largest that I would try, and it was very low. I was afraid of that, but I made the most of it. This stream only had a couple of pockets really worth fishing. And after a couple of hours wading, I had only lost one small brookie. With this being a stocked stream with easy access, I had a feeling that it was highly pressured. I walked back to the car, and I noticed a decent looking run just downstream from where I started. Just a couple casts and I landed my first fish of the day. After that I headed on to a new stream.
This second stream was by far the most action packed of the day. I was really struggling with the fish at first. I felt like I was losing one every cast. Eventually I settled in and started landing some fish. The best 2 wild fish of the day were about 10/11" so definitely no monsters. One was a very pretty brook trout, while the other was a wild brown. The same pocket that held by biggest brown of the day, also held a very large fish. Most likely stocked, but I couldn't get him to commit. The biggest fish of the day also came from this stream. It was a 13" stocked brook trout, that unfortunately slipped my grip before I could snap a picture.
Part 2 was at stream number 3. This stream had a little bit different of a profile, but about the same size. No big ones here unfortunately, but plenty of brookies willing to eat. I probably caught over a dozen in my short time here.
Lastly, was part 3 and stream number 4. This was an interesting one. The stream was about the same size as the past couple, and it was producing the same size and amount of brookies. I did end up running into another fisherman, so I decided to return to my car. As I was walking the stone road back to the car, I came across a small swamp on the side of the road. I thought "what the heck" and took a cast with the trout magnet in there. On the first cast something about 8" came up and missed the bait. After a couple more misses, I finally landed a pretty brookie. I could not find any stream that linked this swamp to the main branch. I don't think I have ever caught trout in something like that before, so that was really cool. The only other place I have had luck in a similar situation was the Adirondacks. After the swamp, I hit more spot on the main stream and caught a couple more fish. After a long day on the water I decided to pack it in and head home.
Hope you enjoyed the write up and the videos if you watched!