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
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 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.
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!
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.
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.