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SmallstreamJuly 26th, 2007, 7:46 pm
State College, PA

Posts: 103
I just wanted to to say this is a cool site, and here are some pics from a small stream in central pa.






small stream fishing is the best
TaxonJuly 26th, 2007, 8:08 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1310
Smallstream-

Not sure what you did wrong on your 2nd post, as I can't see it, but if you change all IMG to lower case on the above post, it will work.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
Shawnny3July 27th, 2007, 6:12 am
Moderator
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Hello, Smallstream. Nice pics. We'll have to compare notes sometime.

-Shawn

P.S. By the way, Smallstream, don't read any of the stuff about me in the "New Posters" thread - it's just the slanderous babble of a few demented individuals, not to be taken seriously.
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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MartinlfJuly 27th, 2007, 6:15 am
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3017
Great photos, Smallstream. I too am a fan of brooks and rills.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
CaseyPJuly 27th, 2007, 8:06 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
hey, Tim, what a magic place! with a little cutting and pasting, i found your photos. someone has done a lot of work to make that little stream a wonderful home for some really pretty fish. was that you? and you're absolutely right--small is good. :-)
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Shawnny3July 28th, 2007, 6:08 am
Moderator
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Hey, Smallstream, I hope I haven't scared you off. My post was just a joke - I would never ask you to divulge any of your spots. I realize it might be hard for someone new to the forum to know when I'm kidding.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
WbranchJuly 28th, 2007, 8:04 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2628
I'd be interested in learning what the allure is of waters that one can often step across and where the trout, however wild and beautiful, are 6" - 8" long and an 11" is considered a giant. I'm not being facetious just curious to try and figure out what, other than the few other anglers, keeps guys so enamored by these little rivulets.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfJuly 28th, 2007, 1:12 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3017
Matt, there's an old song that has a refrain, "when you've been eating steak for a long time, beans, beans taste fine." Its verses ask things like, "why do you go out with an older less than gorgeous woman now, when your previous lovers were young, blonde, and beautiful?" Each question is followed by the refrain, "When you've been eating steak for a long time, beans, beans taste fine." The idea is that we all seek variety. Now, if I lived on the Delaware, The upper Missouri, or the Henry's Fork I might not seek out small streams as often as I do now. And if I lived in Labrador I might not go looking for tiny brookies in step-across streams, so I'll also have to admit that location, location, location (along with limited time and funds) is part of the reason I fish small streams for small fish at times. But I sometimes have the choice of fishing for bigger stocked fish or small wild ones, and I take the small wild ones most of the time. And I'd also say that the beauty of the streams, and the birds and flowers along them also draws me back into the less-traveled paths. Then there is the challenge of casting in close quarters, finding a way to deliver a fly when it appears to be impossible. So the reasons are complex for me. I'll close now to let other small stream fans add their reasons.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
CaseyPJuly 28th, 2007, 3:58 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
how do i love small streams and small fish? let me count the ways:
1 those little fish are just plain prettier--brighter, shinier, cleaner
2 they were born there and live there--man has not put them there
3 they are just as hard to catch as their big brothers, but a whole lot easier to land and release.
4 over-equipped folk don't go after them
5 magazine cover fisherfolk don't go after them
6 the scale of it lets you really see it all, with wonder at the whole experience: water, bugs, flowers, trees, mammals, reptiles--the whole nine yards
Every year we go to Montana, and every year we ask our guide to take us to a small stream, and every year it's the most fun. And every year the rest of the group looks at us funny and doesn't ask to join us.
7) some of us are just contrarians!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
WbranchJuly 29th, 2007, 8:18 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2628
Casey,

Thanks for explaining to me your love of small streams. Here is one reason why I love big water.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfJuly 29th, 2007, 9:20 am
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3017
Nice fish, and I like the way you hold him without pushing him at the camera as I'd be tempted to do. Is that the main stem I see behind you?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
JOHNWJuly 29th, 2007, 10:12 am
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452

Nice Fish!
Lake Lenore I'd guess.
JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
SmallstreamJuly 29th, 2007, 11:11 am
State College, PA

Posts: 103
SmallstreamJuly 29th, 2007, 11:15 am
State College, PA

Posts: 103






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http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb285/5014jtc
SmallstreamJuly 29th, 2007, 11:18 am
State College, PA

Posts: 103
WbranchJuly 29th, 2007, 1:29 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2628
JohnW,

Actually it does look like Lake Lenore but is in fact the tail of the Fireman's Field Pool on the EB in Hancock. I have a picture of a larger female that I did catch in Lake Lenore but hesitate to post the picture as I held the fish out in front of me and it appears like I did it to make the fish look larger than it really was. It was 23". My biggest dry fly brown.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
GrannomJuly 29th, 2007, 2:12 pm
Northwest PA

Posts: 87
Well...now that we know you didn't try to make it look larger on purpose, can we see the fish?
"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
CaseyPJuly 29th, 2007, 2:34 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
Matt, that sort of fish is just a different kind of joy.

http://www.troutnut.com/topic/877

Nice brown! :-)
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
WbranchJuly 29th, 2007, 2:44 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2628
All viewers,

I really didn't push my arms out on purpose. It is just one helluva big brown. I was in my Hyde and my partner was in the bow seat trying to take the picture. He kept telling me he couldn't frame me and the fish well and I just unconsciously pushed my arms out a little. You can see my elbows are still bent. I had this picture on another site and had to delete it as so many guys were dissing me.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
SmallstreamJuly 29th, 2007, 3:00 pm
State College, PA

Posts: 103

Nice!
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