Bear Valley Run , Buchanan State Forest , PA

Had a good morning on Bear Valley Run.  Still running a bit high and fast with all the rain lately, but fishable.

The water temperature was 59 degrees (low for this time of year). The brookies were coming up  to a # 14 tan caddis tied with olive dubbing and some turkey wing on the shank.

Local streams like the Yellow Breeches are still running too high so this little gem made a good option.

Bear Valley Run

Wild Brookie


Sherman Creek, Shermansdale, PA

Sherman Creek is a 53 mile tributary of the Susquehanna River. I got a tip from a fellow fly fisherman last year about the small mouth fishing. Tim Brookens and I decided to give it a try.

We fished the section off of Haas Road. Both of us used yellow poppers and slaughtered the fish. We figured our count could’ve been 40 with some blue gills mixed in….a hand full of nice sized “smallies”.

I used an 8 1/2 ft. 7 wt. rod and Tim used a 9 ft. 8 wt. which we need for longer casts and heavier flies than we are used to.

Smallmouth fishing is a good option when water temps on the trout streams are 70 degrees and higher.

Nice Smallie

Sherman Creek

Tim working his Popper


Gunpowder River, Monkton, MD

The “Gunpowder” is a tailwater fishery beginning at Pretty Boy Dam. The flow and water temp (50 degrees today) was perfect.

I fished 2 sections – the access point at Masemore road (am) and Falls Road (pm). The Masemore section is relatively flat. Up river at Falls Road there is more plunge pools around boulders.

The am was successful dredging the wild brownies up on a #18 caddis.

The Gunpowder at Masemore Road

The Gunpowder at Falls Road

Gunpowder Rainbow

Sulphurs hatched in the afternoon at Falls Road and I dis well on a #18 Sulphur. I was also surprised with a nice rainbow which is rare on the Gunpowder.

Big Hunting Creek, Thurmont, MD

My brother-in law, Doug Gardner, had a great morning on Big Hunting earlier this week.  Doug is an avid outdoorsman and a photographer for “Wired Outdoors”.  “Living to Fish TV” is a new segment for Wired Outdoors.  I would encourage you to check out the videos.

We switched rolls on this trip as Doug fished and I was the photographer (with some coaching). Doug hooked up with at least a dozen fish on an attractor fly – all wild browns with a couple rainbows mixed in.

Big Hunting is catch and release fly fishing only.  It is a classic freestone stream with rocks, boulders. riffles and runs into pockets and pools.  The tree canopy helps keep the water cool during the summer.  If you like “pocket water” fishing , this is a great place to fish.

Doug fishing a Big Hunting “pocket”

Big Hunting Wild

Fly Fishing Potter and Tioga Counties in PA

We spent another 10 days during the first 2 weeks of June at the Rough Cut Lodge in Gaines PA. The weather was great. We caught lots of fish ( a few big ones) and watched our younger family members enjoy the outdoors and go fly fishing.

We missed the Green Drakes but had plenty of surface activity using #18 gray hackle flies, small sulfurs, slate drakes and dredged a few using parachute Adams and the Crackleback.

My brother-in-law caught 2 woppers on the Allegheny River (above Coudersport) and the First Fork of the Sinnemahoning. Pine Creek was very productive and we also fished Kettle Creek and Slate Run.

We always look forward to this outing in early June and will do it again next year.

Ron Hill with 17 ” Brown on First Fork

Ron Hill with 20″ Rainbow Allegheny River

John and Hunter Haney with a nice catch on Pine

Hunter fishing Slate Run

Big Hunting Creek, Thurmont MD

Big Hunting is a freestone mountain stream in the Catoctin Mountains. It’s best described as “pocket water” fishing and holds wild browns and stocked fish.

Had a great day on Big Hunting. Water levels were perfect, overcast and water temperature 60 degrees. It seemed as if every “fishy” spot either was a catch or miss.

I caught all wild browns except for a couple stocked rainbows. My fly of choice was Mr. Rapidan which is a #16 parachute fly from Mossy Creek fly shop.

Wild Brown

Big Hunting Creek

My best catch was a 13″ wild brown which slipped away from me before I get a picture.

Our annual Pine Creek outing is next, Stay tuned!



Falling Spring Trout Unlimited Wounded Warriors Project

Eric Grenlin with 16″Rainbow

Wounded Warriors with Stream Companions

The Wounded Warriors fly fishing project is an annual event sponsored  by FSTU. This year’s event was held on May 12.

The day started with coffee and doughnuts at Walton’s Meadow in Chambersburg. A nice fishing bag with flies was presented to each “Warrior”( donated by the Fly Shack). After that, they were each assigned a fishing companion to take them either on the Conococheague Creek or the Falling Spring. Morning and afternoon fishing was broken up by a barbecue at the Meadows.

I had the privilege of accompanying 2 Vets on the Falling Spring both of whom had tours in Afghanistan. My guys were both experienced fishermen so all I had to do was take them where the fish were located and they did the rest.

Again, this was a privilege to be involved with this program and provide whatever time and help I could to those who serve our country and fight for our freedom.