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My father and I fished Meadow run and Laurel Hill this past Saturday and the crowds at Laurel Hill were truly unbelievable due to the "Keystone Select Trout Waters".....I'm not sure this was the PFBC's best idea
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If there were that many people fishing, then whether we agree with it or not, that is exactly the idea.

I agree with you that fishing in crowds is not my cup of tea. But getting folks fishing, and buying licenses, is the whole scheme of what they've been doing lately.
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How were the crowds at Meadow Run? I was hoping with all the people Laurel Hill was going to attract some of the other local streams might be less crowded.
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If there were that many people fishing, then whether we agree with it or not, that is exactly the idea.

I agree with you that fishing in crowds is not my cup of tea. But getting folks fishing, and buying licenses, is the whole scheme of what they've been doing lately.
Agree with participation like that must be a popular program. The need to expand it to more streams.

Personally, I would like them to open up some streams for catch and release with artificial lures in early March to allow more fishing opportunities before the regular opening days. Once opening day arrives then stream could go back to open fishing and creeing to those who desires.

Would get more enjoyment out of the trout this way as opposed to a lot of them being creeled the very first time they are caught.

There is a stocked lake nearby that is stocked and you can fish it, but can't keep any trout until opening day. I am not really into lake fishing though.

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The crowds at Meadow Run were basically what you would expect on a nice day in March pretty crowded more so as the morning went on......And I agree their goal was to get people fishing but it was a circus.... very similar to an opening morning on an open fishery
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In the spring from March 1 to opening day in mid-April, most of the stocked waters are closed to fishing.

But the "special regs" areas are open to fishing.

So when you get some nice spring like weather, those regs areas, which have only a small mileage of water, get heavily fished.

And the ones under the Select program get even more pressure.

I see no problem with efforts to get a lot of people out there fishing in early spring. It sells licenses, and people have fun.

But I do see crowding as a problem that they could and should work on. Since fishing at this time of year is popular, then more mileage should be open to fishing now.
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Oh I agree crowding this time of year becomes an issue no matter what the PFBC does .......I've fished that section of stream for 20 years and my dad has for 30+ so we have a good idea of the norm there and the amount of people was truly unbelievable ......If they plan on keeping this program going maybe it should include spreading these large fish out to more streams????
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Just fished Laurel Hill this afternoon in the DHALO section. The trout must be wise now as there were only 6 guys fishing it, including myself. I did manage to land a 19" rainbow, along with a 15' and 10" 'bow with a 17" tiger trout sprinkled in, all on dries. Tough fishing but worth the drive after work! I guess the average beginner fly fishers will now hit the open waters for "easier" fish... They're definitely not as easy to fool now compared to a month ago.....

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Its awesome that you landed a tiger trout
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Its awesome that you landed a tiger trout
Thank you! That makes 2 this spring there and they fight like mad! It spit the fly while in the net and was still thrashing, wanting out NOW! It's a challenge now to go back and fool them, but that's what makes it more rewarding when they do get fooled!

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