Last week I was fortunate and landed some really nice trout while back on my home waters in the Poconos. But, when I relate my fishing adventures to friends, the first thing that comes out is some small headwaters fishing for native Brookies on one of the feeder streams of Broadhead Creek.
I started early in the morning last Friday and waded my way about 3 miles up from where the feeder empties into the Broadhead. Skinny water, pocket water, lots of overhang and undercut banks. And lots of Brookies.
I fished, exclusively, a #18 cream elk hair caddis and it was the right fly for the day. Pitching into the heads of the undercuts, the backs of boulders, the bases of small waterfalls, under the foliage on overhanging Rhodies. Whenever I hooked a fish, it was like my first one; just a lot of fun.
Largest fish of the day was, I think, about 8", which isn't bad for a native, feeder stream Brookie.
This is definitely my favorite kind of fishing; and probably always will be.
My favorite kind of fishing is whenever I head home to visit the parents in Sarasota, FL and get to go out fishing with my dad anywhere, saltwater or freshwater. Even if we don't catch anything, it's just great to get to fish with the person who passed his favorite hobby on to me. I hope that this year he'll get to come fish the steelhead run with me in NY!
If I'm fishing alone, I just love a good day spent shooting for the salt slam: reds, trout, and snook!
A day on my favorite spring creek, where numerous flies and techniques have come to fruition, as well as landing some really great browns and cutts over the last 8 years.
Here is what it looks like:
And, here is what we catch:
I haven't been able to fish my favorite spring this year due to my ankle problems, but perhaps this week I'll finally be off crutches and able to look forward to a trip to the spring sometime by the end of August - CAN'T WAIT!!!
I would have to say; water not too low, not too high, with a good number of silvers in the river. it's silvers right now but this goes for all the salmon species, steelhead, and of course all those years of trout fishing in the mid Atlantic States.
I've caught them in drought conditions and likewise in high water but ideal river / stream flow levels has to be my favorite situation. Along with adequate numbers of fish; I can put up with wind (up to 85 mph) rain (sideways with the wind) and even the occasional brown bear but still it's all about the flow rate.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but I love tight line nymphing in the places that most fly fishers pass up...the seems and pockets in a rock garden. I love the challenge wading these areas of fishing systematically through each likely fish holding spot.
__________________ -Tom Wilson Attention New Fly Fishers and those just wanting to improve- Join a Fly Fishing Club. They have classes on every aspect of fly fishing for beginners to advanced for free or cheaper than offered elsewhere. Some offer mentor programs. You will make friends with other fly fishers. Clubs often have outings in which members pay special group rates for guides or to fish prime private access areas.
I would love to learn that sort of fishing. I see all these pictures of the spots you guys fish and wonder, how do they work a fish in that jumble of rocks??? I'm sure as I get more experience on trout streams rather than the salt flats, I'll start to see the beginnings of those answers!