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Valley Creek. Chester County. 11/30/12

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I was able to sneak in almost two hours yesterday on Valley Creek. Lots of midges coming off and the fish were looking up. I found rising fish throughout the entire stretch I fished. I picked up 7 browns, which included one large brown. This was probably one of my biggest browns to date that I have caught out of Valley and a very rare fish for this stream. If your going to fish Valley and you find rising fish, most likely they are eating midges.


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Posted on: 2012/12/1 22:03

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Re: Valley Creek. Chester County. 11/30/12

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That's a dandy brownie, for sure. Very nice!

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NickR,

Nice catch!

Any chance you netted him with white rubber net? I think I was fishing upstream of you when you caught that fish! If not, then there was another guy who also caught a big brown yesterday!

If it was you, nice job playing that fish! The one I watched included 3 big jumps and a little drag pulling!,,

I have only been fishing Valley for just under a year now and always impressed to see fish like that in there.

Did you get a chance to measure that fish?

Which midge pattern did he take?

Congrats!

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Nice NickR and thanks for the the post.

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Lovely fish.

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Fly-n-lion,

That is not my net that you found. I didn't see anybody else in view when I caught that fish.

I have been fishing Valley for quite a few years with some success and have found that most of the browns top off around 8-9 inches. There are some big ones but they can be tough to locate.

One of my friends caught a really big brown out front of Washington's headquarters which he nicknamed the quartermaster. I saw a picture of it and it was an impressive fish.

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Yes a beauty for sure! I would also like to know how big this one is. And to be clear you caught it on a midge? Also do you think this Is a fish that ran up from the Schuylkill?

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Re: Valley Creek. Chester County. 11/30/12

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I've only caught small mouths and red eyes in the river there. I'm sure trout find their way into the river but when they feel themselves staring to poach no doubt they head back up the creek. I dont think the river plays much of a part in their lives. It gets very warm. I saw a fish there during that mild spell in march that was every bit a big as the trout we brag on in the west branch. Most are much smaller but it's their incredible numbers that impresses me. I'd think bookies would thrive there were it not for all those brown foreigners.....only kidding. I love brown trout.

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Caught it on a small cranefly larva imitation. I did not measure the fish but if I could kind of size it up honestly I think it was possibly more than 18 inches. I think it was around 19-20 inches but cannot say for sure since I did not measure.

I don't believe that this fish spent any time in the Schuykill River. I don't really see much of a reason for the trout in Valley to venture into the Schuykill. They have food, cold water, and good habitat in Valley. Plus I think it would be a miracle if the fish could make it up the dam in the park.

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NickR,

I caught this 14"-er in Valley this morning on a white marabou streamer.

Your fish had to be over 18" at least.

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Re: Valley Creek. Chester County. 11/30/12

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Hey good job! That is a nice fish.

You can find the big ones in Valley occasionally. I spotted one that stayed in the same spot for about a year... I went back on a few separate occasions to see if I could catch him but never did. The first time I saw him he had a sucker lodged head first in his mouth. The sucker looked to be about 8-9 inches. He was trying to swallow the sucker head first. I thought he was going to die if that fish got stuck like that. Finally the sucker worked his way free but that fish had to have been about 20 inches or so. I think that fish moved onto another location.

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Wow that's a huge fish for Valley. Biggest I've caught there was probably 12-13 and the biggest I've seen was around 16. It was in complete slack current and I think it just laughed at me when I tried to get anything within its vicinity.

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I am always amazed at where those big guys hide. Up under banks, in what looks like 10" of water , in fast riffles that appear to be only a few inches deep,,, just upstream of deep holes... Never where you expect them to be.

I have spotted a few over the past year , by sheer accident, and can't believe that they are still there the next time I walk by.


Eventually, they move to a new secret spot, where they will hang and smirk at my flies as they drift by...

Always a treat when one ambushes your fly,, never when you actually target them,, all of the bigger fish that I have caught, have come out of nowhere to crush my fly.


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Re: Valley Creek. Chester County. 11/30/12

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Fly-n-Lion,

I had to take my daughter to a doctors appointment in King of Prussia and drove through the park... that warm sun looked to be heating the water up just enough to get the bugs going and I could see rising fish as I was driving by. I wanted to stop and take a walk along the stream below the covered bridge but my daughter was crabby from her ear infection so I just went home. If there was going to be a day to fish Valley this winter today would have been the day. Tomorrow will be even nicer out as I am told. I will not be able to make it during the day but may try to run over after dinner.

Posted on: 2012/12/3 16:10


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Nick,

Sorry to hear that your daughter is not feeling well. Hope she feels better soon.

I hope to get out after work tomorrow as I think you are right, this weather will definitely get the bugs popping and fish looking up!

I need to tie more midge patterns!! I usually tie small for Valley... #24's , #26's & 28's for dries.

Recommend any good patterns??

Thanks!


I will look for you if I get out there tomorrow.

Good luck!

Posted on: 2012/12/3 17:40



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