Our Season Has No End!

By now you have heard us bitch about the water temps in our local streams, explain the dangers of fishing in 70ยบ water and how these issues have resulted in me dropping some extra $$$ on gas.  That money was well spent earlier this week on a trip to Spring Creek in Bellefonte, Pa (a few miles from PSU). 
I woke up at 3:00 a.m., walked the dog and hopped in the car to make the two hour drive to one of my favorite Pa streams.  During the entire trip I questioned what the hell I was doing as these crazy thoughts ran through my groggy, half asleep head…
I’m gonna get skunked…
I should just stay home to tie flies…
 It’s August…
I can’t even convince anyone to join me…
I could be sleeping right now… 
BUT… I reminded myself that this stream is littered with native brown and rainbow trout and continued on my way.  I arrived stream side just as the sun started to peek over the horizon. It was a crisp morning, so crisp that I was happy I brought my fleece along.  I strapped my waders on, tightened my boots, and finished tying on a nymph and a dropper just as it was bright enough to see my indicator on the water. Still half asleep, I threw my first cast and hooked up almost immediately.  As I popped the hook from the lip of this beautiful brown trout, I smiled to myself and knew that it was going to be one of those days.

As the morning progressed I landed trout after trout as I worked the first pool.  While the fishing continued to heat up, so did the day.  I shedded the fleece and continued to work my way upstream landing fish all along the way.   After briefly stopping to eat a sandwich for lunch I realized I had the entire stream to myself, and truly began to appreciate the solitude and beauty of the day. I continued fishing for a couple more hours before it slowed and I called it a day.

With every fish I was reminded of why there is no end to my season.  When conditions aren’t ideal, it is all the more rewarding to produce fish.  While others are finding comfort in the AC (or in the heat during winter steelhead season), there are still fish to be caught.  Sometimes the dog days of summer may make it easier to come up with excuses, but with a little research, an earlier start, or an extra long drive you can find some beautiful trout to hook into.
-Tight Lines-

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