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Muddy Creek, York County 11/8/13
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I was anxious to squeeze a little more fly fishing this fall and pleaded with Maurice to give up on his leaf raking plans to join me. Both our teams in the NFL have been doing pretty poorly, so giving up honey-do's and another anticipated butt-kicking was an easy call.

Fall Fly Fishing
Fall Fly Fishing

We met up at Muddy Creek and made our way upstream about mid-morning. The stream was stocked last month and even in the flat water along the banks there we a few trout hanging about. A large amount of rain last month also drove a good conversation about where fish go during a flood. We both agreed it all depends of they were wild or if they were recently stock.

The bright sun was a helpful in raising the air temps up to about 57 degrees. The water was very low and gin clear at 44 degrees.

Maurice quickly uncovered a pod of trout between a stretch of rocks about 20 feet long. Finding the trout and quietly moving into position when the water is so low and clear is critical.

After a very serious discussion on red hots, weenies, bead heads, zebra midges and walt's worms we snuck in fairly close. The wind helped reduce the surface visibility and allowed us to get in without spooking the trout. One of the few times a little bit wind is helpful when you are fly fishing.

Rainbow Trout
Something from the PFBC

Maurice then did his usual thing of catching fish and I did mine thing of taking photos of him catching fish.

We made are way upstream taking our time to cautiously spot the trout and quietly approach holes along the way. Most of the trout we saw were sitting back a few feet from the rocks, not moving too much, but easily skittish if we moved in too quickly even from about 25' away. Polarized lenses were a must and even then a trained eye was helpful spotting the trout.

Wild Trout
Something a little wild

With the water being so cold and the trout were hanging on the bottom, it was really necessary to get our flies down deep. We are kept in our strike indicators about 5'- 8' off the flies with a little bit a split shot. Even in what seemed like very low water conditions many of the holes were still very deep.

Fly Fishing
Sneak Attack

We even hooked into a couple of trout at a few spots that I normally would have overlooked. Maurice is always really good about reminding me of the things that are right in front of me.

At this point in the season you never know how many days you have left to fly fish. Been a bit of challenging year for me personally, so getting some time on the water with Maurice was very much appreciated especially when he remembered to bring the beer when we got back to the trucks.



Posted on: 2013/11/19 16:25


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Nice report Dave, thanks.

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Had this as a blog post last week, but want to keep a record going in the stream reports. Find these useful when I return again next fall.

Posted on: 2013/11/20 10:47


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Was there with Maurice yesterday. Cool and drizzly. Water temp 45F. M said he saw some BWO's hatching. I missed them completely. We each picked up a couple of wild and stocked browns on wet flies. Great stream, and Maurice is a very helpful guide.

Posted on: 2013/11/23 9:59


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Tups couldn't agree with you more. I have know Maurice for a long time and every time we go he is fun to be with and always has time to share with a lot of great insight. He is a darn good fly angler and exemplifies many on this site.

Posted on: 2013/11/24 14:01


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Awe shucks guys....John it was a pleasure to work with your boys (11 and 13 I am guessing). They have some skills already but I got to teach them to roll cast a bit and mend a little. We didn;t have a lot of time. They are well on their way to becoming fine gentlemen thanks to you and Laurie.

I love teaching people who want to learn.

When I fish with a new adult I usually start off the session by saying I am gonna talk your ear off and probably coach you a little. If I get on your nerves tell me to shut up and I will go away with no resentment. I also won't allow myself to fish ahead of someone who is fishing with me unless they are my best fishing buddies and they can hold their own.

My goal is to get people into fish. That is as enjoyable to me as catching fish myself...probably more.

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Maurice: Jack is 12 and Dan is 11. Both are accomplished baseball players, which is where we have spent most of our time over the past several years. I can only seem to get them out flyfishing 3 or 4 times a year, so I am grateful that you were willing and able to give them a lesson. Hunting is tops on their agenda as well. Jack shot his first limit of pheasants last week. It's all good. Thanks again.


Posted on: 2013/11/25 14:26


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Maurice,
Would be happy to meet you up there on a Saturday or Sunday . Would even trade some leaf raking for a few casting lessons and water stalking..... I had some simple shoulder repair and I seem to cast more like throwing Thors hammer than the finesse that is required. you can PM me if you are interested...

Posted on: 2013/11/25 15:02


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Getting my butt kicked by Muddy Creek. 0 for 3. I can't even find any unwanted suckers.

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Haha, Jvenm, I will have to spend some time with you there. She can be a tough mutha in winter. I was there on Thursday, it was 60 and pleasant. WT was 47. Fished outside the FFO with orange on because of hunting season. Prospecting with buggers in winter. Not a good strategy typically but I figured there ought to be at least one or two big guys hungry enough. They were not aggressive, if I moved a fish I had to drop the tip to let the fly drift before they would hit it. But it did pay off. Four times I brought fish to hand, twice I rolled fish before figuring out I had to let them have it a bit.

One was a 16" nursery holdover that got nailed by a heron I presume. You could have stuck your pinky in the hole it was so big. The bow was from this spring I think based on the fin condition and the other pic to come is a Stocked brown from the Spring. Look at the tail on that bugger.

The first brown I didn't get to shoot a pic of. I gotta learn to use my net when they are bigger than 12"

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Posted on: 12/7 21:24

Edited by Maurice on 2013/12/7 21:41:58
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Re: Muddy Creek, York County 11/8/13

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I am joining the Muddy Creek TU group even though I am from Lancaster.

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Taught him every thing I know, the man can catch fish, and he knows muddy like the back of his hand. The great thing about Maurice he will be glad to show you around.

He 's my favorite fishing buddy!

PaulG

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Edited by Maurice on 2013/12/14 9:18:18
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I hope we can put something together soon... Otherwise it will be ice fishing.

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