Monday, November 10, 2014

Trout Tails - November 10, 2014

Fall is here!  While we could desperately use some rain, the fishing has been pretty good.  Just a reminder though, stay off redds and leave actively spawning fish alone. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trout Tails - October 16, 2014

Spent the weekend on Penns.  Water was low and clear, but some good bug activity the last couple hours of the day had fish rising.  Mainly caddis, a few midges and what appeared to be some slate drakes.  Caught a couple decent fish, missed one monster.  The leaves are starting to change, and this rain is getting the water levels up, could be a great fall! Going to go check out some spots up north tomorrow.

Look close, there is at least 6 brookies in there...starting to stack up and waiting for some water.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trout Tails - September 24, 2014

Hard to believe another year has gone by, but last week was our annual Yellowstone trip.  Water flows were up some this year from all the recent snow and rain, and it was a little weird to still see everything so green.  Spent most of the week on the Yellowstone inside the park.  We found some really nice pockets of beefy cuts that were more than willing to eat hoppers.  As usual, saw almost no one else on the water, especially if we were more than a half mile from the car, which is just about always (usually more like 2-3 miles).  We even had the Gallatin River all to ourselves the one day we fished it.  The Lamar didn't fish quite as well this year as it has in years past, but there was still quite a few cooperative fish.  Even managed a few decent sized browns out of our favorite holes on the Gardiner, not to mention a plethora of some of the biggest whitefish I have ever seen :P

The weather was great, minus two days when the thunderstorms rolled in, in the afternoon.  Both days, we were able to hunker down and wait for a clearing, then audible to another creek to salvage the rest of the day.  The second one actually gave us Soda Butte all to ourselves, and a nice evening olive hatch!  Hard to beat catching 18 inch cuts on size 18 flies, without another living soul around.  

As always, wildlife everywhere.  We always have to laugh when we talk to people in the parking lots who are looking to see wildlife.  Get out of the car, go for a walk!  Over the years, we have run into more bear, moose, wolves, elk, antelope,eagles, etc. than I can count.  Although, I could probably do without the bear sightings. 

We also took a good bit of video, and if I have enough to make a 5 minute clip, I'll try to get it up soon.  We did have one camera causality though.  One day a big thunderstorm rolled in on us when we were a couple miles in on the Yellowstone and blew the tripod over.  Of course the lens landed right on a rock.  Appears to just be the lens cover though, so I should be able to repair it.  

I have to give a plug to Sage, I've been using their Typhoon Large waist pack for a couple years now.  It is the only bag I have been able to find that gives good back support and has a truly submersible pocket that will fit the DSLR camera with an extra lens.  I'm also able to get all my fly boxes in the front waterproof (non-submersible) pocket.  In all, my pack usually weighs in at close to 20+ lbs when I'm on the water!!!  It is a lot of weight, but if you want the photos, you have to carry it.  Not only can the Typhoon carry everything I need, the way it is designed, it fits high and tight on your lower back, and the extra should strap adds even more support for long days and long hikes.  It has been a god send, especially out here!!  If anyone is looking for a quality hip pack, I highly recommend it!  I know TCO can get them for anyone interested. 

Ok, I guess that's enough text.  Hope everyone enjoys some of the photos!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Trout Tails - August 19, 2014

The trout streams have been low lately.  Seems like when we do get rain, it comes in the form of a thunderstorm, and just runs right off.  Needless to say, the trout fishing has been a little slow.  Been spending some time on the spring creeks, mainly in State College area.  Also, spent the last two weekends on the Juniata chasing some smallies.  Even had a chance to get my dad in the boat for a day.  Couple more weeks till Yellowstone, can't come soon enough.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Trout Tails - June 23, 2014

A couple weeks ago, my TU Chapter (Doc Fritchey TU) held its annual Home Waters Veteran's Fishing Day along Clarks Creek in Harrisburg.  It is great to be able to give back to those who have given so much for us.  As always, everyone had a great time, and I think this year topped the charts when it came to fish caught.  Seemed like everyone caught fish all day long! Looking forward to next year's event already, and I know some of the Vets are too!  Special thanks to DFTU president Ed O'Gorman for opening up his property again, Applebees for catering, and all the DFTU members for all the work it takes to pull this off.  Also, Karl Lutz and PFBC for their support, and especially all the Veterans in attendance!