Sunday, September 11, 2011

I can run and jump and fish

After a few months of doing nothing but spring creekin', I was ready for something different. To that end, I broke out the brookie flies, strung up the trusty 7030 and pointed my truck towards one of my favorite places in the world. My plan was to do it up right and start the morning with some biscuits & gravy at the Mountaineer Cafe in Madison but the snooze button won out. I got a later start than planned and had to be content with a blueberry muffin from Sheetz - the brookies were waiting.

My usual starting point. There's a stretch of fairly unproductive water above this spot that I decided to skip today - I would keep to the trail.

Problem is the trail kicks straight up as it climbs the ridge above the creek. A summer of walking flat meadows has made my legs soft. Nothing to do but make the slog.

Finally the trail swings back towards the stream and I jumped off above the marginal water at the top of the first big waterfall. Time to get down to business.

This stream produces some big brookies on a pretty regular basis - big being relative to the size of the water and skimpy supply of food.  The bigger fish were shy today but the ones that did come to hand were so purdy it didn't matter. 

The scenery ain't half bad either.

Nothing really happening today in the bug department so I picked a yellow stimulator on the theory that brookies like yellow - and stimulators. It works as often as not.

And I finally arrived at the spot that occupied my brain last night and most of the morning. I stood and took it in for while.

The honey hole was being moody today but did give up one chunky char.

That was as high as I was going today and good enough for a first trip back. Back to the truck where dry clothes and the cooler were waiting.


  1. Beautiful Brookies and scenery! Thanks for the post.

  2. Beautiful stuff, Dan. We really do need to get together on a stream somewhere, sometime, as our territories border one another. It would be a pleasure.

  3. Lookin' good! I can't wait to get back to that spot in the coming weeks.

  4. Thanks guys. Andrew, we'll get back after them soon. Hopefully this water holds up through the spawn.

    Mike, it would be my pleasure. I know you fish Whitetop Laurel on occasion as do I. We'll make it happen soon.

  5. Dan, drop me a line through my blog using the "Email me here" widget under my profile and we'll make a trip happen. I'd look forward to it.