Well In two days I will be headed back across the country to Rexburg, Idaho for another semester at BYU. I took a break from packing today to go fish the Little Juniata and Spruce Creek for the last time in a long time.
The morning started out standing at my car in the George Harvey parking lot on Spruce. I wanted to work this stretch thoroughly one last time this year in hopes of catching a few big fish.
After gearing up, I walked down to the lower limits and started fishing my way up. On my first cast, I felt something smack my streamer and when I set the hook, I had nothing. I tossed back out and on the second strip felt my rod bend. I ended up bringing to hand the largest Pennsylvania wild brown that I have ever caught. After A few Pictures I released him to brighten some lucky fishermans day on a future date.
After That The fishing died Down for about an hour. I saw a few sporaddic risers, But not enough to warrant a switch in my opinion. The next fish brought to hand was a cookie cutter Bow stocked by Spring Ridge. My thanks to the club, Its always nice to latch into a few pellet hogs. A few more bows came to hand and one more smaller wild brown. All fish were caught on black scuplin patterns.
Around 2 oclock, I left spruce creek and headed to the gorge on the Little J. I heard lots of reports of grannoms coming off. I was also told by a close friend that sulphurs were also starting to show themselves. I got to the area I wanted to fish and sadly saw there were about a dozen guys spread throughout the area. That explained the Maryland, WV and Virginia plates in the parking lot. Well I saw fish rising EVERYWHERE, so I just moved downstream some and started to fish. There were plenty of grannoms and BWO's hatching and sure enough a good amount of sulphurs. I tied on a size 16 royal stimulator and started missing fish after fish. I just had a super delyed reaction on my hookset. In the hour that I was at the J fishing I brought two to hand and had about another 30 takes. Hopefully I got the rust off my dry fly fishing abilities.
Well on another note, I will be back in Idaho and fishing ALOT, so those following the blog, expect some good reports from that side of the country to follow.