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Annual PA trip
Had a short weekend trip to my old fishing streams in PA. Always a special treat to get back to places I fished in the mid 1960's as a teenager. As I've mentioned before very little has changed other than how many bears there are now.
Water was a little higher than usual which was great. Trout were hungry and on one catch and release fly fishing only stream Saturday morning I caught 32 wild Brooks and one wild Brown. All on dry flies which I prefer. On a larger stream Friday evening did catch a few on a dry/nymph dropper. Over two days two of us caught and released over 80 trout. The CRFFO streams are definitely beneficial to the wild trout populations.

It was interesting that the residents were seeing the bears starting to eat the unripened apples and theorize that the heavy rains have suppressed the blackberry and raspberry crop. The concern is will there be enough food to fatten them for winter? Out of my knowledge vault but may be natures way of controlling the population?

Undoubtedly my Nirvana.

Share some photos:

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Reminds me of some of the streams I fished when I was exiled in NJ for a few years. Some great mountain streams on the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap and especially over in eastern and north-Central PA. I used to take weekends to explore the various state forest properties.

My poor Maine trout are all suffering from the heat. We have not had the summer rains that the mid-Atlantic has gotten.

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I don't know your name but that is a wonderful mountain trout experience that I hope to imitate this fall or next spring in the mountains of NC. What a great weekend you had. Those wild brookies and rainbows are a special gift to mankind.

Thanks for sharing,
Larry
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Great fishing. Being a South Jersey flyfisher is tough, I always have to travel to get to where the fish are. PA is loaded with great small waters if you're willing to look.
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I used to fish NC mountains in the mid 70's and early 80's.I believe Snowbird was one. There also was a TU stream about 45 minutes from Winston Salem that was great. I had fished it when private before TU got it. BIG trout!
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Looks like a very good time indeed. For sure there's no shortage of Black Bears in PA, nor bear hunters. They may need a longer season.


The recent rains and cool nights have freshened and chilled the streams here, so catch and release is doable once again.


Best regards
Vince











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Oh yeah, very nice!

Brings back memories of my teenage years back in northeast PA, fishing small creeks for brookies.
Best one I ever found was over near Woolrich when visiting my sister one summer. Creek couldnt have been 10-15' across but was loaded with wild brookies.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

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Those are the best ones.
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I am from Western PA originally, as kids we used to catch native brookies 5 minutes from our house. A big one was 8 inches. 10 inches was a WHOPPER. Also fished a lot in Elk/Cameron County, etc. Never saw any rattlesnakes along the streams there but seems to be lot reported now. There was a semi-tame black bear named "Gomer" that would visit sitters in the outhouse at my dad's cousin's hunting camp. That would get me moving!!! I would imagine Gomer eventually ended up in somebody's freezer.
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Sinnemahoning?

Allegheny National Forest?