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2007/5/21 10:47
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Friday April 10th

Perhaps this last snow will mark the end of what our good friend Phil Connors of Groundhog Day fame would certainly have called a “long and lustrous winter.” Though some of you may be boiling with that fever that so commonly afflicts cabin bound folks on the far end of the solstice, I'd agree with Phil. For the first time in quite a few years my boxes are satisfactorily full of my own flies, tied over a glass of Famous Grouse leftover from the bird season with a warm English Setter or two at my feet.

It was a fine winter.

But now it is time to fish, and fish we have. For the past three weekends, we've divided our time between Youghiogheny River Tributaries and State College Limestoners. All of the tribs have been fishing well. We had fantastic fishing on Dunbar on March 29 despite the high, dirty water: we stripped big dark buggers along the bottom in whatever dead water we could find and caught fish until our arms were sick of it.

The following weekend found us on Laurel Hill, nymphing with stone flies and generic mayfly nymphs—both caught fish.

Yesterday, both Meadow Run and Laurel Hill fished well, but both were a little colder with the snow melt and cold nights. There was a little bug activity on Meadow: blue quills and even a few stones still doing their clumsy flutter along the banks. Sadly, there were no fish chasing them, and nymphs were the ticket. It was a nymph day on LH and stone flies and small pheasant tails took fish in the slower deeper water. The stream was up and cold with the run-off from the recent snow.

Nothing to report from the river right now. The flows are actually very nice for this time of year, but we just haven't dropped the boats in yet.

Here's to a great season for all of you.

The guys at LHGS.

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