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Report at a Glance

General RegionLower West Branch of the Delaware River
Specific LocationYou know I can't devulge exactly where I fish
Time of Day6:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Fish CaughtWild rainbow and wild browns
Conditions & HatchesNo bugs but a very good streamer bite due to the high and turbid water conditions.

Details and Discussion

WbranchOctober 1st, 2017, 8:43 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2201
Fished only Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The river was quite turbid with only about 8" of clarity. The flow was right around 1000 cfs. I fished a stretch about 75 yards long and turned eight fish and landed six. One 16" rainbow and five browns from 13" to 17". Beautiful day on the river. Saw a couple adult bald eagles and an immature eagle.

I didn't land any big fish but I did hook a bruiser and had him on few minutes before it jumped and threw the barbless hook.

I only fished a few hours because on Friday I was on the Susky with the bass boat and totally blew my back out trying to lift the motor while standing on the transom so I could clear some grass out of the intake on the jet. The pain was so severe by Monday that my wife and I left at 10:00 a.m. and while driving made an appointment to go to an orthopedic hospital in York.

It looks like my fishing might be done for 2017. I was diagnosed, after an X-ray and a MRI, with degenerative spinal arthritis and spinal stenosis. At 74 years old I have to really think it through if I want to undergo major surgery that has a recovery period to pre operation mobility of 8 - 12 months. My condition entails too many vertebrae to have the operation with only a one inch incision and a 1 - 2 month recovery period
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
TroutnutOctober 1st, 2017, 10:56 pm
Administrator
Fairbanks, AK

Posts: 2420
It looks like my fishing might be done for 2017. I was diagnosed, after an X-ray and a MRI, with degenerative spinal arthritis and spinal stenosis. At 74 years old I have to really think it through if I want to undergo major surgery that has a recovery period to pre operation mobility of 8 - 12 months.


I'm sorry to hear about that! Tough decision.

I'm glad you got to tangle with a bunch of decent fish... hopefully they'll hold you over for a while til you can get back on the water.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
RogueratOctober 2nd, 2017, 11:17 am
Posts: 387
Matt,

Sorry to hear about your health issues, and hope you get back on the water when the Doc's clear you for it...nowhere near your level of stuff but I lost the most of 2007 when I broke both ankles and heels and was laid up for a while, but I took their advice and instructions to heart and would encourage you to listen to your Doc's as well.

My nail-knots are getting a lot better thanks to your admonishment and encouragement; arm-chair knots look a lot better than onstream but both are workable and don't slip. THANKS! for your wisdom here, as well as in a lot of other fly-fishing things.

Best wishes and a better season to come,

Roguerat

'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
PartsmanOctober 2nd, 2017, 6:20 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 126
Good luck Matt, as someone who has suffered with severe back pain since my early 20,s I know the extreme pain you are going through. I hope your doctors are able to help you make the right decision for you. I'm knocking on wood right now because its been a couple of years since I have really had the spasms.

Good luck and keep us updated.
Mike.
PaulRobertsOctober 23rd, 2017, 6:24 am
Colorado

Posts: 1755
Sorry to hear, Matt. Yes, that's a tough decision. Selfishly, I'm hoping you'll be back fishing next season. In the mean-time, your posts are extremely valuable and I hope you keep at it while you recoup.

Hey, nice bit of fishing there. Always loved that streamer fishing... Wop! Wop! Wop! :)
MartinlfOctober 23rd, 2017, 3:37 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2738
Matt, hope you're feeling better.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchNovember 1st, 2017, 1:51 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2201
Hello everyone,

I have made much improvement in having less pain. I stopped taking the Gabepentin entirely about two weeks ago and have reduced the stronger pan pill from 300 mg a day to just 100 mg. I still have some minor leg pain but since the pain has diminished so much that I'm not sure if getting an epidural pain block injection is really needed any more. I need to discuss this with the neurosurgeon I have been seeing.

I can't get the epidural while there is a chance the small blood clot in my right leg is still present. My PCP told me if I continue to take the Eliquis for two months there is a very good likelihood that the clot will have dissolved.

I was able to walk today for the first time without my walker. I had to use two canes and it wasn't pretty and I only walked about 20 feet but it was progress. I'm exercising to rebuild the musculature I lost from sitting still for almost six weeks in my leather swivel chair.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
RogueratNovember 1st, 2017, 2:06 pm
Posts: 387
Matt-

Great news, and good to hear from you!

Do what the doc's say, keep working at it and this may sound cliche' but 'one step at a time' really applies.

best wishes,

Roguerat

'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe

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