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!
Fishing Creek Brown
Tim Brookens changing to a BWO
Tim Brookens and I camped at Poe Paddy State Park for 2 nights with the intention of fishing Penns Creek. It was a bust! No bugs combined with high water temperature equals no action.
So, we decided to go to Fishing Creek. We caught a handful of fish in the morning (water slightly stained). I did land a 17″ Wild Brown on an elk hair caddis. Nice Fish! We fished through a thunderstorm in the afternoon.
It poured again during the night( my tent leaked just a little). We gave Spruce Creek (George Harvey section) a try on our way home but the rain clouded Spruce just enough to kill dry fly attempts. Hey, it’s all about the outing.
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