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Youghiogheny River Somerset/Fayette Co. 6/30/2012

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David, Albatross and myself met at Ramcat Hollow Access just after 6 AM. We planned to float the nine mile section to Ohiopyle. The previous evening’s storm had left its calling card along the mountain roads in the form of fallen limbs and even trees. The air temperature was just over 60. The water was noticeably cooler. We started down the river just after 7AM accompanied by a thin vale of fog. A few small cream caddis were present along with still fewer rising fish. After a short time David and I switched roles, as he took over the oars and I plied the rock rimmed pools with streamers and buggers. It did not take long to boat two natives. Bronzebacks. David rebuffed my offer to retake the oars and boy, am I ever glad he is so selfless.

The next fish will surely be one for the ages. Casting a large Coneheaded/ rubberlegged/ flash-a-bugger, I hooked what at first looked like a carp. But no. Not even a giant smallmouth. It was a beast of a brown trout! Over the next few profanity riddled minutes, we manages to beach all the boats and get the in the river. The nine weight did it’s jobs, and we landed the huge brownie. Alby’s net measured the fish at 23 inches. (I am currently requesting that said net be recalibrated for future reference.) What the net did not measure, but perhaps the pictures will show, was the incredible mass of the fish! In the heat of the moment, I guessed the fish to be over six, and perhaps lbs. Now I think that, 6 lbs is a good-enough guess. Wow what a fish!

As the day continued, we all added to the tally sheet several rainbows in the 15-16 inch class throughout the float. On the flat pools that were rarely void of rafters, sporadic risers to Size 18-20 BWO came with some regularity. Buggers also proved to work throughout the mostly sunny day as well. Later as a thin ribbon of shade grew along the western river bank, David showed that an Iso dry, fish along the chunk-rocks to be the ticket also.

What an exceptional day on the water! And I would have said that even with out the enormous brown trout. I want to say Thank You for Greg and David, for shaving in such a great experience! I’m ready to go again, just say the word!

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Posted on: 2012/7/1 12:31
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Re: Youghiogheny River Somerset/Fayette Co. 6/30/2012

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DaveS,
Great post, i am always wondering what the deal is with the "Yock" i have never fished, don't even know how cold the water stays, Glad you had an exceptional outing as i had a great time reading your story. Tailwaters are always such fun and can be propbably the most rewarding for big fish IMHO.
Tight Wraps & Tight Lines
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You lucky son of a sucker, cold water and brown beasts in mid-summer. If it were me, I woulda' been smilin' the whole time that I was using a big rod, and I'd get to land that monster. I've read that the Yough stays in the low 60s, 63-65, five miles below the dam. How true is that?

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Nice fish Dave!!!!!

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As I told you through email, congrats...and I hate you.......

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I had a marvelous time floating the middle Yough with DaveS and David yesterday. We were fortunate to have some moderate thunderstorms overnight Friday into Saturday that added a little murkiness to water that was crystal clear a week ago when I floated with StudentOfTheStream and Skybay. Bug wise, we saw fewer Iso's this week (not really fishable numbers), and more olives (#18, very fishable).

The Brown DaveS landed early in the float really made the day for all of us. It was an honor for me to witness the epic battle and to aide in the landing and documenting of such a memorable trophy.

Temperature wise, the Yough is leaving the dam the last couple days at 45-48 degrees. After merging with the Cassleman River and Laurel Hill Creek in Confluence, the temps at Ramcatt are 52-58 over the course a a day recently. Recent temps 9 miles downriver in Ohiopyle are 61-67, so it seems the river warms about 10 degrees over the course of this float on a sunny summer day.

Here are a couple photos I took and the final shot of DaveS and the monster brown is courtesy of David Colner.

Tight loop with the 9 weight.
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Yough river rainbow, about 16 1/2.
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Dave's boat on a lazy flat.
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A little white water.
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Proud angler and proud quarry.
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Edited by Maurice on 2012/7/2 9:14:55
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Very cool. Nice fish, Dave.

Posted on: 2012/7/1 21:17
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Very nice. Yough magic at work again.

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Re: Youghiogheny River Somerset/Fayette Co. 6/30/2012

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Nice going guys.
I think I know the pool where most of the pics were taken - have discussed it with David before. And it's a good one.
I haven't fished it for a few years now. But after seeing this post, I should get my a$$ down there soon

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Certainly DryFlyGuy's favorite spots were a topic of conversation on our float. The big brown came from near one of your favorite spots Bill.

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Don't you guys miss the days of scrambling up and down the hill (cliff) from the bike path?

Does this mean I have to get a pontoon now?

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If you do, get it big enough for me to fit in also.

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Very jealous. I wish I could have made it for this float but groomsman duties took precedence.

Looks like you guys had a great time and some nice weather, barring the heat.

Congrats Dave that brown is amazing. That's what keeps me coming back to the Yough, a chance for a beast like that.

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Nice! Dave. Muppet babies with poly leader?

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Mother Theresa!
What a day, what a fish. It’s a Photoshop edit or the angler’s heaven? … call it float on the Yough River. This is a prime cover for fish magz in the country.
Dave, clearly awesome.

Posted on: 2012/7/2 8:14



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