Valley Creek! DUH!!!!
I lived 5 minutes from that stream before moving to Bucks County, and forgot about it already (4 years). For those not familiar,
that's a narrow stream, with a nice native population of trout. It's not stocked, and the PCB levels make it a new harvest stream. The trout can grow quite large there, but they aren't easily fooled. I was stringing my rod up there about 7 years ago, and ran into a guy that was walking back to his car. He had knee pads
on, and showed signs of having crawled quite a bit that day. He told me that he had fished some of the toughest trout waters in the USA, but that Valley Creek
was the toughest. When we lived in the Valley Forge area, I always considered us to be closer to the Lancaster area than Philadelphia. The latter is what I
consider SE PA, mostly in a negative sense (i.e., it's not attractive at all).
Places like Ridley Creek are a nice little oasis, however!
Good observation on the Orvis zinger, Bob. I stopped at the Sporting Gentleman to buy some hooks and the zinger on the way to the stream yesterday. Barry and his crew are great people.
Central California sound like a great place to live, Jimmie. I've never been out West.......
Those baggies in my vest hold my knotted leaders.