Saturday, June 30, 2012

We Are!

If you've read my blog at all before, you probably know that I'll be going to Penn State University this Fall, and because of that, I had to make the drive to Happy Valley this past Wednesday for my FTCAP and class scheduling day.  When I was out there, I clearly had to fish and fish I did.  I arrived in State College on Wednesday afternoon and after stopping in TCO State College to see my dear old pals Paul and George, I headed over to Spring Creek for the afternoon.  I fished for a couple of hours and managed to catch quite a few nice fish.  There were a few small caddis buzzing around, so I fished a dry dropper with a CDC and Elk up top and a Sugar Daddy and Frenchie below.  This was a dynamite setup and I had fish eating both the nymphs and the dry for the three or so hours I was over there.  

Pretty little Spring Creek fish

After I finished with my class scheduling and what not at PSU on Thursday, I again headed over to Spring Creek to fish for a few hours.  Yet again, I caught a lot of fish and just enjoyed the cool water flowing around me in the 90+ degree heat.  

On Friday morning, I woke up and headed to Big Fishing Creek for a little change of pace.  It was again dry dropper time, but this time, I fished a big Yellow Stimulator and a Green Weenie and Sugar Daddy or Frenchie below it.  This was another killer setup with some nice fish coming to hand.  While the Green Weenie receives much hate as a trash fly, (admittedly from me sometimes) it was just what the fish wanted on Friday.  In the words of the great George Daniel, "Respect the Weenie." After a few hours on Big Fishing, I hit Spring on my way back to PSU before heading home.  I was only on the water for about an hour at Spring, but that was all it took and I caught a few nice fish and lost a super solid fish that ate a Sugar Daddy below a caddis.  Overall it was a great trip and I really look forward to spending a whole lot more time on the waters around State College over the next four years!  Back here in Southeastern PA, however, most of the water around here is much too warm to trout fish, so I'm back at the bass game.  Tomorrow Jared and myself are headed to Reading to float the Schuylkill on the bright blue blob that is Jake's beloved boat, so stay tuned for a story, some pictures and maybe even some video.  

Big Fishing Creek

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


If you've ever watched any type of outdoor channel during its bass fishing programs, you've probably seen the awesome commercials for BOOYAH Baits and their signature "BOOYAH!" throughout the commericials.  Well yesterday, I let out quite a "BOOYAH" myself when I landed a super solid smallmouth from a small creek I was fishing yesterday afternoon.  While I have caught much bigger bass in lakes and larger rivers on... (gasp!) conventional and spinning gear... this fish is definitely my largest from a tiny little creek only 15 feet across.  And the best part about it all?  I was fishing to a little bass that was chasing creek chubs and when I made a cast to that fish, I was greeted with the sight of a flash of bronze muscle ripping out of a rock pile and engulfing my fly.  He was big, he was strong and he was pissed off... aka why I love smallmouth fishing.  Now is the time to fish for these bad boys, so GO FISHING!

Now that's what a smallie's mouth should look like

Not a giant, but for this creek, this fish was in charge

Monday, June 25, 2012

In the Summertime

To quote the great Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime, when the weather is high," it's smallmouth fishing time!  Ok, maybe that's not exactly how it goes, but that is how I like to think of it.  This afternoon, I snuck out for a few hours to a local put-and-take stocked creek that I was told is loaded with smallmouth.  The rumors were true, and I had an absolute blast catching smallmouth after smallmouth all evening long.  While most of the fish weren't giants, I saw a few really good fish and had a big momma follow my popper for a good 10 feet before she saw me and was outta there.  I caught fish on foam poppers, a Dahlberg Diver, and on pink, black and olive Zuddlers, all down sized for this little creek.  If you've never tried Smallmouth fishing with a fly rod, DO IT! It is an absolute blast and while I love trout fishing, it's hard to beat the fight of an angry smallmouth.  So, grab a few small poppers, some little streamers, a fast action 4 or 5 wt. and get after it!

This guy was super pissed and very strong for his size

He couldn't resist that little pink Zuddler bouncing around in front of him

I wonder why they call them Smallmouths?

Last but not least, a grainy picture of a deer from like a hundred yards away

Friday, June 22, 2012

I'm Back!

I just graduated from high school a few weeks ago, and I've been super busy. I've been all over the place, from the Catskills, to the beach and a whole bunch of places in between.  It's been quite a while since I've put a new post up, so I figured I'd try to get back into the swing of things.  So on that note...

The Catskills:
This year, I had made it a goal to spend as much time on the Delaware River System as possible, and I did.  For a three week period, I was driving up twice a week for a day or two at a time, and even though it was tiring, expensive, and frustrating, I had an absolute blast.  Unfortunately, the last time I was up there about two weeks ago, I was dumb and took a solid wader shot trying to cross some heavy riffles.  Of course, me being the idiot I am, I had my phone in my pocket.  Needless to say, my phone was ruined and I lost a ton of pictures from all my trips since the end of May.  (ALWAYS backup.  Idiot.)  Anyway, I got a new phone and a sick waterproof case, so we will not be having this issue again.  When I was up there, I caught some good fish, fished with some good people and explored a lot of new water, so it was all most definitely worth it for me.

The "In-Between":
I fished in the Poconos and Lehigh valley a few times in that period as well, and that was also a ton of fun.  Many of the creeks were starting to get low and hatches were winding down, but I managed to catch fish on every trip, so I can't really complain.  I fished with a few good friends and two of my former high school teachers on some of those trips and a great time was had by all.  I also went hiking with a few of my buddies in the Poconos and got some really cool pictures, but the West Branch spill killed them as well.  (Idiot yet again.)

The Beach:
I've been living at my beach house for the last two or so weeks, and again, I've been having lots of fun. I only fished twice while down there, but I managed to get into some solid action in the inlets and sod bank marshes later at night.  One evening while driving to meet some friends, I saw a group of birds working a small blitz in the back bay along the road.  I immediately pulled over, grabbed a rod and caught a bunch of little bluefish that were busting on silversides in a little cover area.  Talk about a blast on a 5 weight.

So there you have it... A quick recap of the past month for me.  Hope my little story didn't bore you guys, but I'm home again, so look for some new posts coming up.  I will be out doing some bass fishing, maybe a little striper fishing at the beach and a whole lot of scouting for archery season, so keep an eye out for some cool pictures and stories in the next few weeks.