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Re: Curious about July options within 1 hours ride of Phoenixville

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Well the trip is over and it was a great time. In 98 hours we trekked across 22 PA counties and fished in 6 different counties. The streams were cold and we learned some national history at Valley Forge and some fly fishing history on the Little Lehigh based on the exploits of Al Miller and Jim Leisenring. I can't believe the fish there feed in volume on those small bugs. On my side of the we use the big stuff. The people we met on the streams were very friendly and helpful, just confirming again that fly rod toters are good people.

We ate cheesesteaks every day and were caught a bit off guard when 2 of the 3 restaurants added tomato sauce as part of the standard offering. Never heard of that before, but it was good.

On the disappointing side the insect activity was bare bones. The constant heat was partly to blame. We saw no tricos anywhere, the spinner falls were a bust 2 of the 3 days. Due to lack of insects and our unfamiliarity with the streams, we spent an inordinate amount of time driving around to confirm where we could park and fish so that ate into our time on the streams. In the end we did not catch many fish. That seemed to be case for most people since the most anyone would admit to catching was 4 in a day. I think we caught 26 total between the three of us. We did catch some dandies though. My biggest fish on a dry this year, about 17" from Saucon, and my dad had the largest fish of the trip from the Little Lehigh pushing 20" (his largest this year, also on a dry).

The biggest disappointment was the huge storm that came down the turnpike on Saturday night when we were 30 miles from Yellow Breeches. We still pushed on after pulling off the turnpike for 20 minutes to wait out the worst of it. But of course YB was muddy and unfishable. We did look at several spots just for old time's sake. The biggest ray of good fortune also came from that storm that extended from the NY border down into MD. We decided to stay at our already booked hotel in Huntingdon, PA on Saturday night, instead of just driving home, and when we woke Spruce Creek was fishable and the Little J was clear. So we capped the long weekend on a good note.

My stream reports should be posted later tonight although there is not a lot to say. I usually have several insect photos but there were very few available to catch. I guess the reports could be most useful in future years when people want to look up stream temps for dates in July.

Once again, thanks for all of the advice and assistance

Posted on: 7/8 12:54


Re: Curious about July options within 1 hours ride of Phoenixville

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Both impressive fish from the Saucon and Little Lehigh. Nice work!

Posted on: 7/8 13:27


Re: Curious about July options within 1 hours ride of Phoenixville

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I'm most interested in the cheesesteaks. Where did you get them from?

Posted on: 7/8 18:18


Re: Curious about July options within 1 hours ride of Phoenixville

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Marinara is standard fare on cheesesteaks in the valley and anywhere else that doesn’t know how sling a decent hoagie. You won’t find that sh** on the main line.

Posted on: 7/8 19:35


Re: Curious about July options within 1 hours ride of Phoenixville

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Quote:

Wild_Trouter wrote:
I'm most interested in the cheesesteaks. Where did you get them from?

We went to V&S in Reading. They were voted the "Readers Choice" for best cheesesteaks in Berks county.

In Allentown, we went to Queen City at the recommendation of a walker on the Little Lehigh FFO trail

We got the third one at Wawa and it was actually really good too, although no marinara.

Posted on: 7/8 22:41


Re: Curious about July options within 1 hours ride of Phoenixville

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I don't understand when people say that many of the LV streams will be too warm to fish.

In summer, go EARLY. the temps are fine in the early morning hours and from now through the rest of the summer months there will be Tricos. Other than that is is basically a terrestrial game. Ants and beetles. There may be some caddis around and will always fool a fish when blind casting even if they are not.

I fish these streams in the very early morning hours and will be off the water by like 11:00.


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