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Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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Fished Elk Creek for the second time ever yesterday. We arrived at 830AM and fished to about 1130AM. The air temperature was about 34 when we started and close to 40 when we left. The wind made it pretty difficult to cast with a fly rod (IMHO) and the lake surf was a but too difficult for me to work the lake.

We concentrated on the area near the mouth and worked back up to the main parking area. We saw about 2 dozen other fishermen on the stream. I hooked up with 3 and land 2. 1 male and 1 female.

Good times, but not sure if it is worth the 5 1/2 hour drive from Reading, PA.

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Posted on: 2010/11/25 22:10


Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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Not when BWO's are coming off the Upper Tully, which they are

Glad you had a good time!

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they are coming off oil creek too !!!

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Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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Fine looking steelhead!

Posted on: 2010/11/26 19:02
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Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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Nice one Steve! Has the wife gotten into one yet?

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Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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Still no. ;( I need to convince her to stick with fly fishing. Not many were successful around us that day except those fly fishing. Even as large beasts, they seem somewhat selective. (In my limited experience).

Posted on: 2010/11/27 9:58


Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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It's just a bad run this year. I decided after the steelhead JAM that it isn't even worth my 2 hour drive up there. Hopefully next year will be better. Stick with it. When it's good, there's not many things out there that it compares to!

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Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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lake temps are low enough and with the blast of rain i would say the creeks are loaded right now ! as a matter of fact i might even bet on it ...lol

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Nice fish Steve, salmon river is only 4 hrs. I was up beginning of the week and caught 9 in 3 days and lost a few more.

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Nice fish Steve, salmon river is only 4 hrs. I was up beginning of the week and caught 9 in 3 days and lost a few more.


Still concentrated in the upper section of the river?

Posted on: 2010/11/27 22:42


Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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I'm not sure.

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Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th
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Piggyback on the report.

Sunday Monday Nov 28, 29. Water coming down to clear on Monday. Middle Elk. Mostly taken on estaz. Here are a couple bigguns.

My bro in law found a steelhead rig at a parking area. let me know if you lost one.

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Sweet! Where have all the fish gone?

Posted on: 2010/12/1 19:03
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Re: Elk Creek, Erie County, Nov 24th

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Maurice, outstanding fish!

Where are the fish? Every fish (5) I hooked were all near the mouth on Elk. We visited some of the other tribs in-between Elk and 20 Mile. Most, at that time, were pretty low. Like the 20 was so low, we could see to the bottom easily. I did not see any fish. Earlier that morning some fishermen did catch a few, but no one there with success while we were there.

Walnut had many fish, but the pressure was just nuts. We sort of stayed clear of there.

In the channels of the Elk we could see some fish still holding. I am still learning about the whole thing up there. Much of our 2 trips were orientation stuff. Attached is a picture of my wife fishing. The interesting thing is how uncrowded the mouth was.

I am a talker, I will be the first to confess. If locals are willing to give info, I am willing to take it. A couple guys told me that the numbers are just not there. We have no other experience to gauge by. The only thing I know for sure is that before visiting Erie area, the largest trout I ever landed was 24" and now I have 2 more over that size. I have to admit it is pretty cool.

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For me, it took me several trips to get a decent feel for how to identify steelhead in their holds and to get the right drifts for strikes. Then I would add a few more trips on playing and landing steelhead. Would even say a few more trips to find relative uncrowded areas.

Probabaly like any kind of "new" or "foreign" fishing it's gonna take an acclimation period- or Rome was'nt built in a day.

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