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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgivin Steel 2010,it was an Egg Bite

Ty & Tim with a good one on a Skein Fly

I got to try out my new gear,everything worked fine !

This Steel fell victim to a Wiggle Stone

Steve-O had a good day,fooled by a PT(he liked the fish mitts !)

Dave Boo B,with another one on a Skein-Fly

Big Moe & O-Moe in Action

Elk-Horn Switch Rod & Henny Penny Steel,another victim of the Skein-Fly

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Steelheading,Crisp Mornings & Beauitful Colors

Fall Morning Fight > photo by John Miller

Fall Steelheading : the crisp cool dawn,gave way to the mornings
warming sun,the colors where spectacular the fish where co-operative,
at least for awhile,until the leaves & raising waters shut us down :(
Spent some time on the water with John Miller & got to watch him work
magic on the fish,as well as with the camera ! I've always found it
quite intresting to watch an artist at work "The Camera's Eye"
Mid-way steelhead calling try your luck with me,Chromers singing
the same old melody,a thousand 10 cent wonders,who could ask for more ?
A pocket full of silver,the key to heavans door,Steelhead Streams,
willos in the breeze,Steelhead Streams,so many memories.

One for the Net > photo by John Miller

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

10/11/09 Steelheads "The Steelhead Cherry"

Cody got his first tast of Steel this weekend

Tim H.,yelling "Get The Net Again !"

Boo's Chrome

Taking a break from the action on Elk

What hat should I wear ?

Lil' Broun Trout swimming with Steel

Steelhead Circle @ Trout Run

Monday, October 5, 2009

Let The Games Begin ! Steelhead Fall 09

Jason with some Fresh Sunday Steel

Steelhead Season Fall 09,is offically on !
The recent rains brought a push of fish to most of the Alley Tribs.
I spent most of Saturday,scouting the tribs,visiting The Fly Shops,
restocking,my materials,and gathering information,on when where &
how,I would begin,my season opener.I did'nt even get my boots on as
I was content to scout for my opening day on Sunday,10/4/09.
Elk & Walnut Creeks,had a good deal of fisherman on them both,so I
just watched and listened to the fish stories.
Walnut was fishing fair at the access,upon my arrival late Saturday
AM,and I witnessed a fair # of fish being hooked & landed.
Next I stopped at Trout Run,to see the progress being made there.
I saw quite a few of "The Baby Browins"swiming with the Steel,&
the addition of Brownies to the PA Great Lakes Fishery will be
welcomed by many !

Fresh Chromer "Head Shot"

The fishing on Elk was much slower,than Walnut,as the mud stained
waters & strong flow on Saturday,limited many success,but there where
some fish being caught. By late Saturday afternoon,I had narrowed down
the place I would fish to 2 areas,as darkness fell I,found myself listening
to the live entertainment being provide by the outside,under the pavlion
Hoe-Down @ The Girard Legion Post,just above The Legion Hole.
It was a good mix for me,good live music,for my ears,while serching for fish.

Jason's New Minnow pattern was working well

Skein Fly by J fooled this Steel

Sunday morning found me on the water,as it was just getting daylight.
I was soon rewarded just after,with my first hook-up of the year.
The fish where taking a liking to my offering's of Wiggle Stones.
The Steelies where jus full of fight,fresh,dime bright,leaping,drag
singing runs,where the rule of the day,as I had action all morning.
The fish seemed to turn on & off all morning,and a switch of patterns
was all that was needed to get them on the bight again.
All kidding aside,I breifly thought i was in Alaska,Coho fishing again,
as the jumping steel,trough my flies or got my line on some of the sharp
edged shale as the pulled the line off my reel,in there mad dash for
freedom upstream,after inhaling my minnow patterns or nymphs.
Productive patterns for me early in the day where,Wiggle Stones,in
Peacock & Blue in nymphs & Ice Man Minnow's,Bob's Minnow & Pod's Minnow.

Another one on the fly for J

J Puttin the Side Pressure to em'

By mid morning things seemed to be slowing down a bit,so I put on a strike
indicator & skein flies,and Day 1 round 2 of my Steelhead opener had begun.
The fished seemed to favor the Skein Flies,as most fish prefered the "Egg"
over the minnow,in my tandem rig.under "da Float",my 2nd half of the morning.

Elk Creek "The Mud Hole"

Elk Creek above The EC Acess

I hooked up with Jason,in the afternoon,as we put on ou hikin' boots & coverd
some water,we found some more bitters as we hit and ran a few miles of water.

Trolling for Steelies off Trout Run

Construction @ Trout Run

Little Brown Trout @ Trout Run

Lower Walnut

10/3/09 "The Nut"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cenral PA Trout & The Crosseyed Alaskan Angler

Last week-end,Tim H. & I hit the waters of Spring Creek in Central PA.
The fishing conditions where less than ideal,low & clear,as even the
spring feed Limestoners of Central PA,where in need of some rain. As
PSU,battled Temple,at Bever Stadium,just a few miles away,we hit the
beautiful waters of Spring Creek to throw some bugs.We did not have a
banner day by any means,but we where lucky enough to land a few on #18,
Olive Scuds,# 20 Zebra Midge Nymphs,& a #14 Adams Paracute,fished sligtly
under the water.Tim picked up on the Adams,under the film style,and quickly
brought a handful of brwnies & a nice bow to the net before dark,as I stuck
with fishing the small scuds & nymphs.It was a good day to be on the water
with good company !

Underwater Brown Trout Release

Spring Creek Brown,got fooled by a #14 Paracute Adams

Another Brown Trout relese on Spring Creek

Recently I got some more pics from a few of my freinds,whom I had the privalege
to shar the waters of Alaska with,old freinds & new freinds.

Who's afraid of the big bad bear,not Jack !

"Our Gang" on Brooks River

Jim C. with A Naknek Bow

Joe-E the Cross Eyed Alaskan Angler

I would have neve made this post,but was eggbrailed on by friends.
I've know Joe,for many years,and have shared quite a few fishng adventures with him.
This is all in jest & humor,as I really had never moticed,until joe,himself brought it to may attention,his sunglasses are on a TILT,to the left in every picture....LOL!
Hence the Crossed Anglaer Tag. At this point I'm not sure if his sunglasses are cockeyed,or one of his ears is lower than the other........Like me ?
The following pictures are from Joe's collection,of our Alaskan Adventure

Looking Down River on upper Brooks River

Float Plane @ Brooks Camp

Looking down stream from the Bear Viewing Platform @ Brooks Falls

Brooks Sockeye

Another Brown Bear looking for dinner

CEJ with a King Salmon Creek Hen Hoho

CEJ with a nice KSC Cohoe Buck

CEJ with a self portrate with Mr Griz,looking on

CEJ @ Margot Char

CEJ with a Brooks Sockeye

CEJ @ HD Anchorage

May this is what made him crosseyed ?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Alaska > King Salmon Creek to Home

The Four Amigoes,on King Salmon Creek,Dave,myself,Joe & Jay,all fish where hooked,landed,photographed,released to fight another day,in a matter of 10 minuets,our guides Miles and Cris earned their pay,on this day,and a fine
job they did !

There is only one thing I can think of bad about Alsaka,leaving,unfordunatly something many of us have to do. What a place,to visit & fish,& there is no doubt
in my mind that this is truley "Gods Country",and I do truley belive I have been blessed,to have had the oppertunity to visit & fish there. If you like to fish or
just enjoy the Great Outdoors,a visit to Alaska,should be in your plans.My memories of this fine visit,have been etched in my memory forever,the lesssons learned,new technices,and methods,new fly patterns,bead fishing,new species caught,The Bear experiences"Fishing with The Griz",are memories that seem almost sureal.
I Thank the Johnsons,@ Naknek River Camp,Phyllis,Jim,James,Tana,& Hunter,along with guides,John,Miles,Jacob & Chris,and the rest of there staff,for the very fine accomadations,meals,direction,freinship & fishing that they provided us with !
As General McAuther once said "I shalll return" as will I,to The Naknek River Camp.

A Zip Lined KSC Cohoe,after discovering Zip Lining on the bigger waters of the Naknek
River,the previous 2 days,and having very good sucess,I began my first day on KSC fishing the Zip line again,I caught fish,but fishing by Dave and watching him "Kick My Butt" all morning,I took Dave lead,and switched to a floating line,and my hook-ups
tripled........"That-A-Boy,Dave!"as the Lennox TV Commercial used to say !

Dave with a beuatful KSC Cohoe,with guides Miles & Chris,Dave literly put on a 2 day clinc,on KSC,fishing a floating line with PT's & Wolly Buggers,he was hooked up all the time !

KSC Cohoe,fishing floating lines"Erie Style",with Ice Buggers & PT's was the ticket !

Dave finds some more Silver,with the help of our guide Chris.

Dave putting the SMACK,on another KSC Cohoe

Dave with the LOOK !,after losing his last PT,the last day,his PT's and Wolly Buggers
produced very good for him,our 2 days on KSC

King Salmon Creek Cohoe Action !

Dave with a nice last day Cohoe,Miles was our Guide,Great job Miles !

KSC Cohoe,last day

Joe battleing another last Day Cohoe,as Dave & Jay worked a pod upstream from us,Joe & myself took turns working a large pod of fish in the tailout,where the more active fish where holding,it was non-stop action for 90 minutes. We worked Miles our Guide hard as he ran from Jay & Dave upstream of us,and would hustle back down to my screams of "Get The Net,Get The Net" !

KSC CoHoe,last day colored up male

Griz Tracks along KSC,on our 3 mile hike along KSC,not only where the occsional homes sighted,but many Griz & Wolf tracks,where also seen,probally not the best place for some night fishing !

Wolf Tracks along KSC

Dave's last HoeHoe of the trip,I got to preform net duties !

Dave was "Net Boy" for my last fish of the trip "that a boy Dave"

Jay picking Cranberry's on the Tundra,What for ?,when we had so many fish to chase ?

The Result ! Phyllis's homemade,Cranberry/Blueberry/CC muffins for Breakfast !

Naknek River Camp ,Group Photo,last day in Camp

The Trapper Cabin,my home on The Naknek River

King Salmon Airport,@ tired Anglers,Dave & Joe,awaiting the ride out to civilazation

Me & "Griz",fishing with Griz in Alaska is a Great experience !
@ the Anchorage Airport

Beluga Point on the Seward Highway,South of Anchorage