October 7, 2001: A friend
had invited me to join him on a tuna fishing charter since last year and finally
after 4 tries it we made it out last Friday October 5th. The 3 previous
trips were cancelled due to bad weather. Five of us left out of Ocean City, MD
about 6am on the 57 foot "Instigator" captained by Dave Wentling with
son Josh as the mate. After a 2 hour bumpy ride we arrived at the area
know as the "Hot Dog". We began drifting with 4 rods out, chumming
and chunking. Nothing and the other boats nearby were not catching anything
either. We moved to a second spot and anchored. At this stop we were able to
hook 3 bluefish and a small shark, but no tuna. On to a 3rd spot where we
drifted again-nothing. It was 2pm and because of the lack of fish and the
increasing winds, it was time to head back to Ocean City. No tuna
steaks this trip!
On Thursday afternoon, I stopped at Indian River inlet to see how the striper
fishing was doing. There were a lot of boats and guys fishing from the jetties.
Not too many fish being caught. I spoke to a fly fisherman that was heading home
for the night. He did not catch anything but said he has had some great days
there when you can throw just about any fly and catch stripers up to 24 inches.
August 5, 2001: I
fished the Susquehanna River Thursday night , Friday and Saturday, August
2-4, at several spots from Shamokin Dam to just below the mouth of the Juniata
River. My brother Randy, and fly fishing friends Doug and Jack from
Rochester, NY joined me on the trip.
Overall we caught a fair
number of smallmouth but the fishing seemed to be affected by the cold front
,changing weather and the Friday night flash food warning which thankfully did
At times, a certain fly
would work great for a couple of hours, then nothing. We had a lot of fun
at the Siebert's Island access on Saturday morning. Fish were taking
poppers and chartreuse/white Clousers. I even caught 2, 15" walleyes
on the chartreuse/white Clouser! I did the best Saturday afternoon from
3-6pm on the west side of the river just downriver of where the Juniata River
Just when I reached the
river, I saw an elder bait fisherman leaving with his limit of smallmouth,
some of which looked in the 17-18" class. He said to me, "Don't
catch them all ! " I said, "Wow that's some stringer of bass. Did you
get them on crayfish?" "No, hellgrammites." I immediately
switched flies to a hellgramite pattern and caught a number of nice bass till I
left because of a thundershower coming into the area.
Flies that worked good
for me were: blue/silver Clouser floating minnow, red and white hackle fly,
chartreuse/white Clouser minnow and the hellgrammite.
July 14,2001: I
fished the Heritage Section of the Little Lehigh on July 14th from 07:30-11am
and did great on a black bead head midge(#22) prior to the trico spinner fall. I
fished the faster water since most fly fishers were parked in prime spots
awaiting the trico spinners. I switched to a trico spinner tied to #20 patriot
dry as an indicator. Some of the fish went for the patriot!
July 6, 2001: We
were in Grand Cayman for our family vacation but I couldn't resist checking out
fly fishing opportunities. I went out for bonefish on July 6 with Captain Ron
Ebanks to a flats area on the southeast part of the island. My 14 year old
daughter Chelsey joined us. It was a gorgeous morning with a slight breeze, 80
going up to 90F and a high tide. We would have walked the flats but because of
the high tide we used his boat. It wasn't long before Captain Ron spotted
some bonefish from his platform in the rear of the boat where he quietly poled
us along. Even with my polaroids I had a hard time spotting them from the from
of the boat but the Captain told me where to cast my shrimp pattern anticipating
the direction of the bonefish. Sometimes couldn't get my line out to
the location fast enough. We saw numerous bonefish, but no strikes. Once
my line landed directly on a group of 4-5 fish and boy did they leave in a
hurry. They are indeed worthy of their name "green ghosts of the
flats". The Captain fixed up Chelsey with a spinning rod and a piece
of squid but she did not have any takes. Just before reaching the dock, we came
across a small section of water that was cloudy. Captain Ron said fish
were working in that area and to just cast my fly into the cloudy water. After
several casts, finally a strike and the line screams off the real. The fish
jumped way out there, then came back towards the boat jumped a second time-it
was a "baby" tarpon. On the third jump, the tarpon won and freed
himself from the fly. Before leaving, we went out to the reef and let Chelsey
fish with bait for awhile. She caught several small "grunts" then we
headed in around noon. Regardless of the results, I will remember the trip
since it was my first time bonefishing.
July 1, 2001: Joe King and I went up to the
Little J at the last minute on Thurs and Fri, June 28-29. Got there about 1:30 PM Thurs.
Water temp was about 70-72 degrees and off color.. perfect. Caught a couple of dozen in the
PM. No big hatch in the late PM. Next morning lots of Tricos and midges. The water below
and above Barree bridge was boiling. We each got about three dozen brown trout before we
quit at 5:45 PM. Mine were mostly on #26 griffiths gnats or green weenies. My largest was
14 inches. Most were in the 10 inch range. Joe got a bunch on pheasant tails. Slowed down
around lunch time and then it was sporadic. Nobody there. Saw 3 other fishermen, all in
the evening. What a place!
June 8, 2001: Fished the Heritage
Section of the Little Lehigh from 4:30PM to 9:15PM. Fished the first few hours downstream
of the flyshop. Caught 1 on a black #16 nymph and missed 2 others. Things came alive at
8:00PM and I landed 11 fish all on a sulphur emerger in about an hour time.
May 27,2001: I traveled to Puerto Rico last week on business and, of course, had to mix
in a little fishing with business, but it should be the other way around. I took a guided
trip with Captain Omar Orraca out of San Juan. Before we got started, he prefaced the
outing with "Fishing's been slow, it's been too hot". We fished a channel
that connects Laguna San Jose with Laguna Torrecelia right near the San Juan airport.
I met Captain Omar at his dock at 3pm and fished til 7pm.
The wind was perfect to drift the boat along the shoreline while I cast Clousers tight
againt the mangroves and, more than I'd like to admit, directly into the mangroves.
After about a half hour of casting, I hooked and landed a small 5 pound tarpon. It
jumped twice and fought well for a small one.
The rest of the day was tough. We saw fish surface near
the shore throughout the day and I had 3 other strikes but did not hook them. We saw one
fish surface that Captain Omar said was in the 70 pound range! It was a great
experience, my first in salt water. Captain Omar said the best month for tarpon in
that area is December. So, if you travel to PR, give it a try!
April 28, 2001: Got some rare time
off to fish. Went to the East Branch of the Brandywine. Fished from the big
stone wall up to the paper mill. Olive body caddis of various sizes were everywhere.
Fish were rising at the wall but were very particular in what they took. I
went fishless on larger sizes until I scaled down and began getting refusals on a size 18.
I kept switching patterns to find what the fish wanted and each wanted something
different, as long as it was an 18. I eventually took 6 there.
I moved up into the faster water where the
fish were not as picky, size 16,garden-variety Elk Hair caddis and a bushy Stimulator
rewarded me with another 6 fish. At the paper mill, the trout got picky again, so I
returned to an 18 Henryville Special and took 3 more. This was a day that can make
your whole season! Everything seemed to work. I wish there were more outings
like this one.
Tight lines from a friend at Valley Forge TU,
April 27, 2001: Fished the fly stretch of
French Creek from 9 to 12:30 on Friday morning. Stream in excellent condition. Water
Temp.- 52 degrees at 9:30 am. Had good luck on gray and tan caddis on the surface. Size
14, 16, and 18 on the quiet water. Dead drift fishing the edges of runs and close to the
bank as the morning went by. About 10 am. caddis started hatching and the the fish were
turned on for about an hour and a half. Caught several nice size rainbows and browns. Fish
seemed very healthy.
April 26, 2001: Rich Wildermuth and I took a day
off and played hooky up at Clarks Creek north of Harrisburg. It took awhile for the
fishing to get going but when it did it was awesome. The afternoon brought out a major
number of what looked like #10 March Brown mayflies. The fish became hungry and rose
readily all afternoon to large adams parachutes and dark spinner patterns. I found it best
to float them downstream to the holes that had sun on them. Rich and I had a banner day
with about 40 fish between us including a 15 inch brookie that Rich caught on a dead
drifted wooly bugger. Saw only three other fishermen. Water was moderate, gin clear and 50
degrees as usual. A beautiful sunny day and how better to spend it.
April 23, 2001: Joe King, Scott Ziegenfuss
and I had a great time fishing the Little J and Spring Creek last weekend. Good flows,
nice weather and hungry brown trout helped. We caught most of our fish on brown midge
pupae tied serendipity style #20. My biggest was a 16.5 inch brown that took me way into
my backing. The most unusual fish taken was a 12 inch brown which I somehow lassoed with
my dropper fly and brought him in without ever being hooked. Does that one count?