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Upper Lehigh River 9/11/13 Carbon County
From Mountain Top
Where: Upper Lehigh river below Thornhurst - Carbon County
When: arrived 6:15 AM - 9AM
Weather: slightly hazy, warm (70* when I got there and 75* when I left) no wind at all.
Water: temp- 67-68*
Water level/clarity: VERY low, the gauge at Stoddardsville says under 30 cfs - so that's about 1/2 what it should be this time of year. The water had some tannin brown color as one would expect on a Pocono stream but it was fairly clear due to the low water level.
Gear: Winston IM6 7'6" 3wt; Ross Evolution Reel, Rio gold line, 9ft maxim 5x leader with about a foot of trout hunter flouro 6x tippet
Bugs: when I arrived there was very little bug activity and no fish rising, obviously. I almost decided to move to the Tobyhanna a few miles away since the water was so low (but knew the Toby was likely just as low,). I took a temp measurement which reinforced my decision to stay... I checked the underside of some leaves along the bank and saw a few caddis (varying from about a 14 to a very small 26/28?) and as the morning progressed I also saw a handful of small olives (22-24ish), a few tiny cream midges (28-30ish?) and a couple of the Caddis fluttering around - the few bugs I did see were eagerly eaten by a few dragonflies who claimed the spot as their own.
Fishing: It was looking bleak, but decided to give it a go and put on a 14 elk hair/CDC tan caddis as a searching pattern, powdered up with some fletch dry to keep it riding high.
The fishing was tough -but between the low water and the lack of bug activity I hadn't set my expectations very high to begin with - I saw a few trout along the bank in one of the pools I had originally intended to fish, but there was a blue heron about 100 yards upstream and they were understandably skittish so I decided against fishing the pool in favor of some of the riffles/pocket water below. I followed a game trail below the riffles to get myself into position to fish upstream. I didn't see any game except for a busy woodchuck, a few songbirds, and I could hear a Woodpecker busy doing his thing -padadadadadadada... padadadadadada -every 20 minutes or so, and the aforementioned blue heron, of course.... there were also a number of small brilliantly white inchworms on some of the brush en route to the stream and plenty of Closed Gentians, one of my favorite late season flowers, which were proudly on display.
Once I got into position, I started casting upstream to the little pockets around some of the rocks in and just below the riffles, working my way upstream. I fooled about a dozen chubs, and early on I managed to catch a small 6 inch brown - but it's color was blander than I anticipated for this time of year and after taking a picture I revived and released him. It was basically chub city this morning. :/
Water level aside, it was beautiful out, though warmer than usual -suffice to say I won't be hitting the upper Lehigh until we get some more water..... but it was still nice to get out before work :)
I took a few pics of the stream and the brown and the Gentians too- trying to figure out how to reduce their size to meet the requirement for the forum. LOL.... I can fish half way decent, but I am CLUELESS when it comes to doing much on a computer. :)
Posted on: 2013/9/11 13:05
Edited by bwospinner on 2013/9/11 13:32:49
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