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Old 07-31-2008, 01:11 AM
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What is going on with the Susquehanna? All the smallmouth bass are dead and the rockbass have a funny color on them! ...... maybe fungus?
Suckers and catfish are floating down the river also.
McFly mentioned that his stream is now filled with silt!!! So is the Susquehanna!! Only 10 years ago this was a "world class" smallmouth fishery.
There used to be gravel bottom and crystal clear water with thousands of smallmouth bass every place you went.
This really breaks my heart!!
Silt and runoff mud everywhere in the river. And snotgrass every time it rains!! Never happened before....... strange times!
Every year it just keeps getting worse!
Thank God I have a lot of wonderful memories from the past.
I'm now in a position to move if I want to...... I still love to fish, but I have to live where there are still some fish to catch.
South to the Gulf...... or north to Alaska...... or maybe west to Montana!!
So much to think about, and so little time.

Scuze me while I tie a fly!

Where would you fellow flyrodders live if you could live anywhere?

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Old 07-31-2008, 09:45 AM
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Default Re: the late, great Susquehanna

FRF,

What part of the Susquehanna? Did you notify the PF&BC and send them some pictures? If so, what if anything did they tell you?

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Default Re: the late, great Susquehanna

I stopped guiding there 7 years ago out of Swatara. It got so bad the trolling motor and jet unit would clog up with toilet paper..

Have not been back since..

But boy it was great back then with 4-5 lb smallies every day all day in April..

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Default Re: the late, great Susquehanna

thats just sad, but its like the cutthroat trout here in montana once a great and mighty trout that swam waters like the missouri and the big hole for hundreds of years brought down by three species of trout and man.

But you never know the fishery could come back just as the cutthroat trout is.
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Default Re: the late, great Susquehanna

What a shame! Sorry to hear such a great fishery has fallen on hard times. As somebody else already posted, did you contact the department of natural resources? I'm sure there are some fisheries biologists in your state that would be interested in your findings.
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That is sad to hear.

As far as where I would choose to live next, either s/w Montana, or n/w Wyoming. Or anywhere in between.
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As far as where I would choose to live next, either s/w Montana, or n/w Wyoming. Or anywhere in between.
Thanks, dude. I was thinking the same thing.
I simply love to flyfish. Clean air and clean water means a lot to me.
I could see myself living there.
These big stinkin' cities with all the pollution and all the people are driving me crazy.
I could sell my assets and live a great life, just like the Unibomber!
I could see myself living in the woods with only a couple necessities.......
- a couple high end fly outfits
- good quality waders and tackle
- a 60" flat panel plaza with direct hookup
- a couple cases of fine wine from France
- a king size high quality bed for my little shack
- a monthly contract with Omaha Steaks to deliver lobster, shrimp, filler mignon, and other staples....... just in case I get tired of eating trout!
- several handguns and rifles for my protection
- and finally, a written pass to go fishing on Jane Fondas 600,000 acres of prestine trout waters any time I wanted to..... I could always take Jane out to lunch..... now that she is single again!! If she pays, we could have a wonderful time...... I love the "workout" videos she made in the past.

It doesn't take that much to make me happy. Just some wild trout rising for a dry fly with me the only angler in sight!

I'll keep hoping and praying that my dreams will come true.

Thanks again, cowboy, I'll have to get a neat hat like that when I move there.
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I ate lunch with her one time at a small diner in s/w Montana. Well ok....sorta....she was in the diner at the time, Does that count? lol.
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I live right here. It's pretty good.
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