John Haney with 16″Brown
Slate Run Hog
Allegheny River colorful Bow
Hunter Haney with nice Brookie
We spent 10 days at the Rough Cut Lodge (www.roughcutlodge.com) in Gaines, Pa. mostly fishing Pine Creek. This was our 17th year for a family vacation here during early June. The hatches were heavy at the front end of our trip (Slate Drakes, Sulphurs, Olives, Caddis) but more sporadic later. Small Sulphurs (#18) seemed to work best and gray hackle flies for some reason. This was a great opportunity for some of the younger fly fishermen to catch fish.
Ron Hill and I fished the Run a couple days and caught a handful of wild fish. We saw Slate Drakes, Sulphurs and Yellow Sallies but not in abundance. I managed to catch a 17″ Brown trout in the same place I caught a nice one 2 years ago. This one took a Slate Drake. We love “the run”.
The Allegheny River north of Coudersport has become one of our favorite spots. We made 3 trips here and had good success with limited hatches using Caddis, Crackle Backs and Slate Drakes. No big ones but caught some pretty Rainbows. Our lunch spot in the Pines always makes this a memorable experience.
Tim Brookens and I made our annual trip to the “Savage”. This time we made it a two day trip instead of three, so we pitched a tent at the campsite along the river instead of hauling Tim’s camper.
The Savage hasn’t changed – rough water and multiple currents making it a challenge to get a drag free drift. We covered four sections of the river in two days. The goal is to land a wild Brookie or Brown bigger than 12 inches. Fish of this size are the most colorful fish I’ve ever seen.
Day one was uneventful as we caught a handful of small fish. Day two improved as we caught more fish and hooked up with some beauties. Tim landed a pretty brown and I hooked and lost three nice fish. Our most successful flies were a sulphur comparadun and parachute Adams.
Great camping, challenging fishing, the thrill of hooking up with strong wild fish, falling in, sore backs, tiredness…yep that’s the Savage River.
Took Coder on Cedar Run
Slate Run wild brown
Upper Pine Creek, Gaines:
Since we stay at the Rough Cut Lodge (www.roughcutlodge.com) for the first two weeks of June, much of our evening fishing and some mornings are done here. We missed the major hatches this year but still had success on smaller flies like BWOs, gray hackle flies and caddis.
Lower Pine Creek, Slate Run:
Ron Hill and I fished lower Pine at Slate Run with the purpose of catching 2 big Browns. Mission accomplished! We caught 2 16″ Browns on size #22 gray hackle flies. Both were “sippers”. It’s amazing how these nice fish will focus on small flies and casting anything bigger gets refused.
This tributary to Pine Creek is challenging but fun. Although we didn’t catch any lunkers, Ron hooked and lost a couple. We did catch some nice wild fish though- brookies and browns. We always look forward to this adventure.
Cedar Run is another tributary to Pine Creek. Ron Hill and I fished through a canyon that stretches 1.1 mile from a bridge on the lower end to a cabin on the upper end. This was a 6 hour fishing adventure in a serene setting with no access from the road between our parking spots. We caught lots of wild fish…mostly brookies and had a great time.
Ron Hill with big Brown on lower Pine
Tim Brookens 17″ rainbow on upper Pine
We fished the headwaters of the Allegheny River with limited success twice over the last week. No bugs , low water and even stained water on our first day were all a factor. On the second day we dealt with strong winds.
But, we still caught some fish and had some “firsts”. Lance Hill and his daughter Johnna joined Ron Hill (fishing buddy and brother-in-law) on the 2nd day with the goal of catching fish on a fly rod. Mission accomplished! Lance caught 3 trout on a parachute Adams and Johnna hooked a fish on a dry fly too.
The second first: Ron hooked a 12″ rainbow on a crackle back. Then, a 20″ rainbow started chasing the hooked fish, grabbed the middle of the fish in its mouth and started running upstream. Looked like it was going to be a double catch, but the hooked fish was released by the big boy. Rats! Sounds like a fish story but I have a voucher.
Lance Hill casting on the Allegheny
Lance and Johnna with a nice catch
Ron Hill’s attacked rainbow
The Heritage section of the Falling Spring is all catch and release with wild trout , mostly rainbows.
My son Craig and I decided to check out Edwards Avenue to see if sulphurs were hatching. Arrived around 8:00 pm and did see a few in the air with a couple rises.
In a 30 minute time span, Craig caught 4 rainbows and 3 browns on a size #18 sulphur. His 1st catch was a 14 inch rainbow. I was excited to be an observer on the bank as this was the most successful evening I’ve witnessed on this section of the “Spring”. Way to go Craig!
Falling Spring Creek
Falling Spring rainbow
March, as usual has been slow for us dry fly fisherman. Have seen some stoneflies, and a few BWOs on various streams but not enough to get the fish rising consistently. March 31st on the Yellow Breeches was different.
Checked the TCO fly shop web site (www.tcoflyfishing.com) for stream conditions. They’ve recently added the Yellow Breeches and Big Spring to their web site since opening their shop in Boiling Springs. The site revealed that the grannoms were hatching and fish should be starting to eat them.
Well, sure enough they were! Managed to fool 8 of them but most of the time I got false rises or the fish simply ignored my imitation. Mine doesn’t dance and flutter like the real McCoy. The hatch lasted until a little past noon and was over just in time for the wind to get out of control anyway. A fun day to kick off dry fly season for 2016.
The Yellow Breeches
Yellow Breeches Rainbow
Yellow Breeches Rainbow
South Mountain Buck
It’s mid December – Deer hunting season and with temperatures unseasonably warm, I decided to go fishing. And…..I was lucky enough to shoot a nice 7 point buck so my deer season is over.
The Yellow Breeches, above Allenberry was in good shape, no wind and no one fishing. There were a few subtle rises so the trout were midging. I used a #26 gray hackle midge and managed to catch 2 pretty rainbows, and lost and missed 2 more.
With water temperatures at 50 degrees my feet could only bear around 2 hours of fishing, but it was worth the trip. It’s now time to put my beagles to work for 2nd season rabbit hunting. Who knows, if the weather warms up again, I might hit the Breeches again this year.