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Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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Had intentions to fish Neshannock Creek but thank to the non stop rain we have gotten I decided it best to retreat to a smaller tributary and I am glad I did. This was my first time to fish Hell Run and I made the decision based on the fact that it is the only Class A Wild waters in far Western PA.

Now to the actual report, water was slightly stained and looked a little high (lack of a reference point makes it hard to tell). The air temp ran 50 to 55 and water temperature was 46 degrees. I fished bugger patterns all day due to conditions. I started at the upper parking area and worked downstream approximately 1.2 miles. As for the fishing I had expectations to not see or catch anything so I was surprised when picked up a brown that ran close to 12". I dropped the ball on the photo when I went to grab the camera he flip flapped and back into the drink he went, he had no need for a recovery and wasted no time retreating from me. I had 3 other fish on but no others to hand, none of which seemed to rival the size (looked to be possibly 8") of the first fish. Had many other short hits without a hook up. My lack of ability to get fish to hand is probably a result of my decision a couple of months back to go 100% barbless.

All in all I was very surprised at the quality of this waterway, and the one fish I got to hand was probably the best fish I have caught in my short 9 months of fly fishing. I will be going back at some point, probably starting at the lower section and working up next time.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 9:36

Edited by smitty17 on 2011/5/5 10:31:20


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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I have lost my fair share of fish due to using barbless hooks also.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 9:47


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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Yes, I saw a pretty dramatic increase in losing the fish when i made this decision. I mostly went this route because I have been fishing a fair bit in California and there special regulation areas are all barbless.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 9:50


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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IMO its the way to go though.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 9:56


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I have lost my fair share of fish due to using barbless hooks also.



I always pinch down the barbs of my hooks. When I bring a fish in close, I've tried to intentionally let them slip off on their own by giving them slack, and it almost never works.

I believe you lose most fish because he wasn't hooked well to begin with, and having a barb on your hook makes little difference. Besides I really don't mind "automatic" or "long" releases since I C&R anyway.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 9:57


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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I always pinch down the barbs of my hooks. When I bring a fish in close, I've tried to intentionally let them slip off on their own by giving them slack, and it almost never works.

I believe you lose most fish because he wasn't hooked well to begin with, and having a barb on your hook makes little difference. Besides I really don't mind "automatic" or "long" releases since I C&R anyway.


Are you saying I can't set a hook? No.... Just kidding I agree, and I haven't kept a fish since I was a kid.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 10:04


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I always pinch down the barbs of my hooks. When I bring a fish in close, I've tried to intentionally let them slip off on their own by giving them slack, and it almost never works.

I believe you lose most fish because he wasn't hooked well to begin with, and having a barb on your hook makes little difference. Besides I really don't mind "automatic" or "long" releases since I C&R anyway.


Are you saying I can't set a hook? No.... Just kidding I agree, and I haven't kept a fish since I was a kid.



lol......I miss more than my fair share, but I always blame the fish..."short strike"..."just bumped it"..."spit it out"..."nibbled it"...

Posted on: 2011/5/5 10:12


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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Afishinado,

You are probably correct as it seems to be a more prevalent problem on smaller water where it is often more difficult to get an appropriate set. I have also been surprised at how well it seems to stay placed without the barb.

Posted on: 2011/5/5 10:20


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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I will be going back at some point, probably starting at the lower section and working up next time.


I've done the hike in from the lower end before. I was pretty bloodied up from the brush by the time i got to the mouth. It was a fun day and there is a lot of wildlife going on aside from the fish. Ive seen loons, and pileated woodpeckers, and even walked right up on some turkeys laying low in the ferns down towards Slippery Rock creek. never had much luck with the fish though.


Posted on: 2011/5/7 17:26


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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glad you enjoyed fishing it. even though I've been fishing it for 20 years (it's 10 minutes from home) I never tire of hiking in there and just enjoying the surroundings. the fish are a bonus!

Posted on: 2011/5/8 8:15


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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oh yeah, went by the neshannock yesterday, about a hundred guys fishing it in the delayed harvest area. yikes! looked like opening day with all the cars parked everywhere!

Posted on: 2011/5/8 8:21


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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Just Keep fishing it man, you would be suprised what is in that creek. Be very careful. The lower end of that creek is a death trap.

Posted on: 2011/12/16 21:46


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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I've been fishing it for a few years now and is by far my favorite stream. I haven't fished the FFO of the Slippery Rock forever because it always calls my name. I fished it late fall last year when the water was up and had some really good luck with buggers. Good numbers of strikes and nice size too. My largest ever was around 12". Most run in the 6-10" range. I've seen 1 fish in the 16-18" range before but that's very rare.

PM me for details on how to fish it from the mouth. Especially when the water isn't so high, you need to approach from the bottom up. Plus that's the best water IMO. Not for the weary though!

Posted on: 2011/12/20 13:03
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Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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I visited this stream a few times in the past, hiking and just taking a look at it, but didn't actually start fishing it until this year. The first time I fished it it was a little high and muddy, and the fishing was much better than I expected. My brother and I landed quite a few trout, including 2 in the 13-14 inch range, but the others were around 6-10 like ryguyfi said.

I fished it twice after that when the creek was much lower and only caught 1 fish total around 6in. Its a very beautiful stream, but you have to be in very good physical shape to fish it!

Posted on: 2011/12/20 15:33


Re: Hell Run; Lawrence County; 05/04/2011

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just a note, gas drilling is going to be starting in the next year or two within the hell run drainage. we need to work and keep an eye on this little jewel as this goes on and report ANYTHING you may even think as being suspect.
I have friends that live within the drainage and they are in the process of signing leases right now. in other areas around me, it took about a year before drilling was started after a lease was signed. hope they don't plan on taking any water out of it, in the summer it never has enough in it to begin with!!

Posted on: 2011/12/20 16:16



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