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Re: Unexpected meeting leads to big fish on dries...

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Some days I just dont want an adventure or trek. I just want some easy wading, casting, and to get the dogs out.
The Breeches has always suited these days perfectly.

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I am one of the louder voices that say the fishing there is no longer above par. In fact, I find it below. Almost completely catered to the harvester by state and club alike. The bright spot has been the increase in wild fish, but again, the harvesting has limited them to a largely very small size, noticebly smaller than these dink stockies. I was still due a visit there, like I do all my surrounding streams atleast sometime throughout the year.

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I dont know how far it is between where we live, but just bumping into Albatross on a stream has to be atleast a 1000 to one.
Once he swore an oath and let me blindfold him, I took him to the Gods Gift place as I call it. Although like many other places that arent what they once were, theres still some there and I was really worrying that we wouldnt catch anything and would just be taking Greg on a goose chase.

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We picked a good night as they were rising more than usual. What a maw.

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Once Greg caught this feller I was satisfied that he could be conent with the extra time spent on his still pretty long journey.

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Had a pretty leopard like pattern to him, and Greg shook my hand after the release.
Theres alot of folks that know this place anymore and there was another fellow there that left before it got hot. The owners even found trot lines of all things that were hung up even after he took them down the first time. But its not like its unexpected and anymore that kind of stuff just seems the way of it. If I catch them I kick them off, and if not I dont.
But on this night it did seem to be a nice ace up the sleeve for Greg and myself after a day of 8 and 9 inchers.
It was great bumping into you Greg and I now feel last weeks dinner has been earned.

Posted on: 2011/6/25 11:43


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I love it!

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Re: Unexpected meeting leads to big fish on dries...

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I love this too!

There is nothing better than showing or taking someone to new water with large fish. God's Gift is a neat little place and I'm grateful I've gotten to fish it in the past.

This post is a perfect example of the joy this forum can provide the angling community.

The look in Alby's face says it all. Nice fish!

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You got that right, Sal! Look at the grin on that face!!!!

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Albies grin is nearly as wide as that beauty of a brown.Well done ,both of you.

Posted on: 2011/6/26 22:35
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Albies grin is nearly as wide as that beauty of a brown.Well done ,both of you.



Yup on the grin. But due credit should be giving to Chickie and Lucy. I've witnessed it myself! They have the unique ability to sniff out those lunkers. It's only a matter of making a half decent cast and landing after that.

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I'll send a link to my dentist, it'll do him proud.

I had a ball fishing with Dan and the dogs. I remember commenting to Dan that the extra driving was worthwhile when a particularly large and beautifully colored trout followed and finally refused my dry fly. It was like the first time a pretty girl paid me any attention at a Jr. High dance!

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nice fish!

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Ha!


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Ha Ha....I know where you were!

Great fish guys!

Don't bad Greg, he blindfolded me too!

PaulG

Posted on: 2011/6/27 14:43


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Great fish, Great Pics, Great Story...Dan your legend grows as a Pennsylvania Fly fishing master, and I don't mean any sarcasm by that comment. I often wonder how guys like Vince Marinaro, Charlie Fox, George Harvey and others were looked at during their time. Do we place them on a pedastal because we are looking back at their fly fishing careers, or were their names always recognizable.

I know that is not what you are going for in your fly fishing endeavors Dan...but I realistically could see you being put in that type of category, for your fly fishing expertise throughout the state, and your writing ablity.

So now that I've kissed major butt, when are we going to hit your secret spot. :)

Posted on: 2011/6/27 18:03


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Another average day for Dan. I don't think I've ever seen him with a small fish, Alby isn't far behind in that area either. Nice day out you two. That fish looks awfully FULL!

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Ill tell ya that in my experience fishing w/ Dan, you dont see him with a small fish often. Just on a brookie stream Yet even then......i expect to see a 16+ inch fish

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I'd be impressed if these large trout were wild trout caught in a stream open to free public angling. These trout look like someone's pellet-fed pet stockies, probably caught in private water in front of someone's house. To me this looks like about as much of an accomplishment as catching trout in a hatchery. I'm amazed that some of you actually think this is an accomplishment. Of course, didn't George Harvey establish his reputation by catching lots of large trout in Fly Fishermen's Paradise, which back in his time was essentially nothing more than a hatchery raceway on Spring Creek?

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Oh no he didnt!

LOL!

Good to see you are still lurking around Frank.

Posted on: 2011/6/29 8:24
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