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Brunner's Island

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Fished Brunners Island discharge today. The rivers finally starting to drop back to normal and clearing up. Water had about a foot and half visibility. Still a few feet high. (I think it's about 6 foot in Harrisburg)

No fish. The wind came up out of the south when I arrived and the fish shut down. Tried a couple different Clousers and a Olive Bugger.
Very few baitfish compared to previous years. They may be laying low with the high water.


Posted on: 2012/1/1 14:39


Re: Brunner's Island

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In my travels across the 30 bridge I've noticed how strong the flow looks for this time of the year. I can usually see quite a few rocks, but not right now.

Posted on: 2012/1/2 9:47


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The rivers been difficult all year. Between work, water levels and wind it's tough to hit it at the right time. If you live close by, like you or I, at least you can look at it quickly.

If you ever try to hit this part of the river with a strong south wind..good luck. I just turn around and go home.

Pretty soon it'll be cold enough that I'll switch to spinning. (and maybe even a little bait) Love those big cats.

Posted on: 2012/1/2 20:11


Re: Brunner's Island

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Brunner's is just starting now!
The water is so warm, you could bring a bar of soap and take a bath while you are there!!

Tight Lines,
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Posted on: 2012/1/3 1:53


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Good pics 1wt. Fallfish love!

I pretty much missed out on most of my warmwater fishing this year due to high water. Definitely miss Smallies, and even the ugly mug of a Fallfish on the end of my line.

The high water made the smaller trout streams fish well, but the Swatara was all but unwadable except for a brief period in July and early August. Hoping for more of a balance in 2012.

Posted on: 2012/1/3 9:37


Re: Brunner's Island

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Nice fish. Is it wadeable south of the discharge? I guess the biggest issue would be river levels, but it would be nice to give this a shot sometime this winter!

Posted on: 2012/1/3 17:15


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Nice pics 1wt. WGM, there are a lot of areas that are easy to wade. I'll send you a PM next time I head out.

Posted on: 2012/1/3 19:07


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This will be on my list for this winter. I enjoy WW fishing as it is, so I'll definitely be checking this out. Appreciate the PM as I'm not that far away in Mount Joy. I'll make sure the Clouser minnows are all tied up!

Posted on: 2012/1/3 19:31


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wgmiller,
Lot's of good places to wade everywhere along the west shore.
I was fly fishing at Brunner's twice last week with my 8wt and floating line with heavy Clousers and Buggers........ not a stinkin' hit!
I went back today with a 5wt and a fast sink tip line with unweighted woolybuggers and Decievers..... again nada!
Also last week I took my 3wt with small nymphs and micro buggers for sunfish and chubs, but ...... nada!
The water is a perfect 5' at the Harrisburg gauge and nice and clear. I fished from 3pm until after dark.
The abundant walleyes don't seem to be there this winter? Also the abundant bluegills and rockbass don't seem to be hiding near the big rocks like they were last year.
I'm really off to a slow start this year!! But still fun to stand in the warm water and check the waders for leaks.


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Posted on: 2012/1/10 22:45


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1wt, thanks for the info.

Here is my plan: for anyone that wishes to join me, I will be fishing this area on Sunday (1/15) from 09:00 on. Cold temps are supposed to move in and I'm not really into high sticking trout all day due to frozen guides, so instead I'll check this area out and see what I can dredge up. The only thing I'll have to pay attention to is the river level as we're supposed to get some decent rain tonight.

Hit me up with a PM or reply on here if anyone is interested. I'll be wading, although rather cautiously at that.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 9:40


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I'll be wading, although rather cautiously at that.

All along Brunner's Island is pretty easy wading. Gravel with easy depth changes. Actually easier wading than a small creek.
The river is supposed to rise 3' by Sunday...... but no big deal. I think the rising water pushes the fish to the shoreline and I have had better success with the higher water.
Even if 30 outside, the water will still be near 70 so no ice on the guides.
I've had great success last year in Jan and Feb. I think/hope that things will pickup pretty soon there.
If you catch anything, please post a pic ....... even if only a tiny chub!
Good Luck

Posted on: 2012/1/11 12:45


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I'll be with wgmiller on Sunday. This will be my first time FF'ing in
the Muddy River. So I guess Clousers are the way to go? What size?
Any help is appreciated.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 19:59


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I hate young people with strong fishing constitutions. Checked the forecast, best of luck. Too much for my old bones.

Posted on: 2012/1/11 21:25


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How young are we talking here? I just hit 40 this year and I'm fairly certain "Unforgiven" has a few years on me. I think it's more this sick addiction we all refer to as "fly fishing"!

Posted on: 2012/1/11 21:58


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You'll find out.

Mid 50's.

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
- T.S. Eliot

Posted on: 2012/1/11 23:00



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