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Big Rainbow?
Big Rainbow?
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Geoff Merker with...a bigger rainbow?
Geoff Merker with...a bigger rainbow?
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Rick working on some fish.
Rick working on some fish.
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Beautiful spawning bed.
Beautiful spawning bed.
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Winter on Big Spring Creek (wow).
Winter on Big Spring Creek (wow).
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This wasn't near Big Spring, but i couldn't resist the "drive by" temptation to snap a photo.
This wasn't near Big Spring, but i couldn't resist the "drive by" temptation to snap a photo.
JesseDecember 29th, 2012, 7:20 pm
Posts: 378
Just the other day I had the privilege of fishing with two friends of mine on Pennsylvania's Big Spring Creek. It was my first time fishing on a spring limestone such as this and what an amazing experience. Even though the snow poured down on us all day, we managed to catch a few trout, freeze, and love it. The river was fantastic and i definitely plan on going back soon.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
http://www.filingoflyfishing.com
GldstrmSamDecember 29th, 2012, 9:22 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Great photos, Jesse!

Looks like it was fun! Especially if you like fishing in the snow.:)
Other than fly tying, looking at fishing photos is my second favorite fishing type activity to do in the winter.

Sam
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
CrepuscularDecember 29th, 2012, 9:58 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 915
Ah PA limestoners...
WbranchDecember 30th, 2012, 6:05 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
That second rainbow is pretty amazing for such a little spring creek. I've gone there half a dozen times over the past twenty years and have never caught anything bigger than 10". I'm very impressed with your success but not enough to go back and get skunked anymore.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
CrepuscularDecember 30th, 2012, 8:33 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 915
That second rainbow is pretty amazing for such a little spring creek. I've gone there half a dozen times over the past twenty years and have never caught anything bigger than 10".


There were and still are some really big fish in Big Spring.
WbranchDecember 31st, 2012, 12:25 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
Crepuscular,

Maybe you'd be willing to show me the ropes over there sometime?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
CrepuscularDecember 31st, 2012, 7:48 am
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 915
Anytime Matt!
WbranchDecember 31st, 2012, 11:24 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
Hello Eric,

I didn't know you were a pro until I clicked on ur web site. When I said "Maybe you'd be willing to show me the ropes over there sometime?" I was asking it from the viewpoint of one non pro to another non pro.

So is the offer still open on a no fee basis? I think fishing guides provide an important service I just never felt a need to avail myself to their services.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
CrepuscularDecember 31st, 2012, 12:09 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 915
Of course. I do not solicit business through public forums.
JesseJanuary 1st, 2013, 8:44 pm
Posts: 378
Now now there fellas, how about we all meet up and let the young gun teach you timers a thing or two? No business on this trip either.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
http://www.filingoflyfishing.com
WbranchJanuary 2nd, 2013, 12:16 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
"how about we all meet up and let the young gun teach you timers a thing or two?"

I don't think that is ever going to happen.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsJanuary 2nd, 2013, 9:04 am
Colorado

Posts: 1774
Peri-spawn is the prime time for big trout. But it's not the same game as casting to risers during the warm seasons. WB, you already know all about it. It's pretty much the same game, sans lake.
StrmanglrJanuary 2nd, 2013, 10:18 am
Posts: 136That second to last photo is awesome. That's gonna get me out this next week.

Thx for the pics.

Were u nymping, streamers?
WbranchJanuary 2nd, 2013, 11:36 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
Paul wrote,

"But it's not the same game as casting to risers during the warm seasons. WB, you already know all about it. It's pretty much the same game, sans lake."

Yes, I prefer those idyllic days with nice weather, lots of bugs floating down the river, and many riseforms. There was a time when I nymphed more than I fished dry but that was at least 15 years ago. Now I confine all my traditional nymphing to the pursuit of steelhead.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
JesseJanuary 4th, 2013, 9:04 pm
Posts: 378
Wbranch - What don't you think is going to happen? The meeting of the teaching?

Paul - I can't wait for the warm season to cast to some risers on that river or any for that matter. That is hard to beat.

Strmanglr - I'm glad i could encourage some fishing for you. And those fish both ate nymphs. However, fish were caught on streamers too.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
http://www.filingoflyfishing.com
PaulRobertsJanuary 5th, 2013, 9:45 am
Colorado

Posts: 1774
Ah... My comment about risers was not a judgment or even an opinion. It was just that winter fishing is a different game from the warmer seasons. I love both, equally. Just as I also love chucking hardware to bass, or anything else for that matter.
WbranchJanuary 6th, 2013, 2:19 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
"Wbranch - What don't you think is going to happen? The meeting of the teaching?"

Both.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsJanuary 6th, 2013, 10:52 am
Colorado

Posts: 1774
Sounds like it's that time of year again -cabin fever is setting in.
WbranchJanuary 6th, 2013, 12:15 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
"Sounds like it's that time of year again -cabin fever is setting in."

Would it be any fun if I agreed with everyone? Yes, I've tied all the flies I need for 2013 and it's too cold to go to Erie for steelhead so I'm not fishing and hence have become cantankerous.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsJanuary 6th, 2013, 1:51 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1774
I hear you. I keep reminding myself, "Levity!" And I keep forgetting.
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