|Chesapeake Bay - not looking so good|
But since our hot and humid weather pattern has broken, I decided to go fishing. The conditions I've already described seem to be present on every major river, and so, as I've done so many times in the last few years, I picked a headwater stream in an area with lots of forest, and without sewers, farms, or much notable erosion.
Here's the reach of headwater stream I chose to wade - just a few miles away from the mud-thickened Susquehanna River - and safely outside its drainage:
|Clear enough to fish for trout? I think so!|
|My biggest brown trout of the year!|
Chub were chasing my lures all around the river bed, and eventually one chub had a bad run of luck.
|Reminiscent of my years in western North Carolina, I had to keep my lure off the bottom to avoid the River Chubs|
|The Joe's Flies "Glo-Trout." Can't say enough about that inline spinner!|
I ended up catching 4 fallfish, 5 river chub, 2 brown trout, and a smallmouth bass in less than two hours. It was a fast, well-planned and single-minded visit to the river, and I was proud of myself for not getting distracted with everything else going on in my life....or not going fishing at all. The flow is still about triple what I'm used to fishing there, so I look forward to getting back on it in "less life threatening" conditions. I'm sure there will be some surprises, as there's very little cobble left in this reach - mostly boulders and bedrock. But I continue to come here and fish, and the fish continue to oblige. I'd be foolish to ask for anything more.