Eric Grenlin with 16″Rainbow
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.
My brother-in-law, Ron ‘Ol Don Hill decided to come in for a long weekend and do some Fall trout fishing. We couldn’t have picked a better weekend …..early October with temperatures in the 70’s and no wind.
We had most success on Codorus Creek. The stream temperature was 50 degrees and fish were occasionally rising. We caught 22 wild browns using a Crackleback (‘Ol Don’s go to fly) and a #18 caddis.
We spent 1 day on Yellow breeches near Allenberry and another day on the upper section near Huntsdale. Tricos had the fish looking up. We used various ant patterns, midges and the Crackleback to entice them.
We had beautiful weather. We had lunch each day by the creek. We saw deer, a fox, a mother raccoon with her 3 kids, and caught 38 fish as a bonus. It doesn’t get any better than that.
‘Ol Don on the upper Yellow Breeches
Codorus Wild Brown
Tim Brookens and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Savage River. The river was low in comparison to most years which made it easier to wade. In addition the water temperature was 65 degrees so it was good to wet wade (Tim forgot his waders).
We had a successful day – landed 9 fish ( 8 Brown and a brookie). We each caught 14″ Browns. Any fish over 12″ on the Savage is considered a trophy in my books. The fishing was almost as good as cooking burgers at the campground by the river for lunch.
Tim’s 14″ Brown
Took’s 14″ Brown
Due to busy (retiree) schedules we made it a one day trip but wished we could have camped and stayed for another day or 2.
Fishing on the upper section of the Breeches is always a good “go to” place in the Fall. Tricos are still hatching in the morning which gets the wild browns looking up……and the fish are also attracted to ants and beetles.
My younger sons Craig and Luke fished together downstream from me while I fished a section closer to where we parked. We caught over 20 brownies mostly on ants and a crackleback.
Luke and Craig along the Breeches
11″ Wild Brown
12 inch wild brown
Codorus Creek is a class “A” wild trout stream. The west branch is in the “trophy trout program” and is tailwater from Lake Marburg. Even in the heat of summer the water is ice cold.
I did see some rising fish, but had no idea what they were rising to (not splashy rises). There were certainly plenty of bugs biting me!
I fished the section starting downstream of the Park near Porter’s station and caught 12 wild browns – a couple 12 inchers using a crackleback. A good day!
Picked up Tim Brookens at 5:00 am and headed for Spring Creek. The Tricos hatch is on!
We parked at Fly Fisherman’s paradise , walked upstream passed the no wading section and split up from there. We used 2 different tactics and both successful.
Spring Creek wild Brown
I fished the pools for rising fish sipping Tricos with a #28 midge and Tim fished the shallow riffles with a #12 Crackleback. We ended up with 17 fish between us. Tricos were done by 10:00.
We met back at the “Paradise” section for lunch by the “Spring”. Before Tim got back I got to meet with Joe Humphreys, Penn State fly fishing legend who just finished an interview session. Joe is 87 years old and still is an active fly fisherman and teacher. I watched him catch a fish. Impressive!