September 2006 Report
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26, Penns Creek Report
The past few days were scheduled as a pre-fish for our Penns
Package Weekend. It is a shame we've had to cancel the trip
due to lack of interest...because Penns is prime right now!!
Good rains kept the water up and flowing cool throughout the
crucial periods of the year. In other words the Penns Creek
brownies ate their way through the stress months. They are healthy,
fat and working on the pre-spawn color. Conditions this weekend
when on the water were overcast, cool and misty....perfect Penns
weather. Flows were really nice as well...about
200cfs on the gage. Nitros tore it up!! Fished as a dropper
pattern off the back end of a larger nymph - the nitro out produced
all. Check it out on our PATTERNS
PAGE. Look for Penns to continue to
fish well. We won't be on it, but if I were you...hit it if
you can. Hint Hint.
One of the many browns to take the nitro.
Please be aware, the next three
weekends are WHITEWATER
RELEASES for the Lehigh. This is BS! There was originally
two scheduled, and the third was just added in the last week
or so. If you fish the river please voice your displeasure about
this turn of events. There was no discussion. No press release.
We are potentially looking at 1,000cfs for three weekends straight.
List below is who to contact
at the Army Corps. Public input it vital to effective management
of Francis E Walter. Let theCorps know exactly how you feel.
E Walter Public Input Page.
Austin Gerrard - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Voigt - email@example.com
24, Lehigh Outing
Over the weekend we had out Sean for an afternoon/eve session.
We worked the water between Lehighton and Bowmanstown. Temps
were cool...62F at Lehighton...and tannic. Visibility was not
more than 3'. Fishing overall was pretty slow. At the beginning
of the float we worked a large bugger tight to the banks, and
moved a few smallies. Visibility was good enough that you could
see the follows. The fish just would not eat. Bugs were popping
here and there throughout here and there, but as the sun moved
lower in the horizon the hatching picked up. The summer sulphurs
are still hanging around...we also had a few isos, and olives.
Noticed a few stones as well. In the low light we did come across
a small pod of rising trout. Managed to stick one - which was
a nice fish. It made a decent run downstream...and got loose.
Tough day on the water. Along the way we came across a few canoes
and one other fisherman. Very peaceful.
19, Small Bluefin Tuna
The destination was Stellwagen
Bank, and small bluefin tuna (SBFT) was the name of the
game. These fish are flat-out awesome!! Bluefish on steroids!
SBFT were propelling themselves out of the water with reckless
abandon (eating halfbeaks). We were armed with a 14wt fly rod
and heavy spin rods rigged with either metal or surface poppers.
The plan was to find the fish on surface feeds and motor over
slowly with hopes of getting off a few shots before they would
sound. The tuna overall never really did stay on-top for very
long - 30 seconds at the most, so accurate casts were very important.
At times the chase seemed futile, but we stuck with it and were
rewarded with 7 fish boated over three days...AND ONE ON
THE FLY! L-Jacks, MegaBaits and Maria jigs were the metal
that worked best. Topwater was just your standard striper popper.
Now we only got one good shot to a pod with the flyrod - and
did it ever payoff! We were motoring up to a surface feed when
all of a sudden a few tuna boiled about 50' off the starboard
side - one quick false cast, and the 600-grain layed out. Two
strips and we were tight to SBFT!!! Insane!!! At first it was
as if the tuna did not know what hit'em, then the line started
to clear the deck. A solid hook-set was made, and we were singing
drag!!! The fly line disappeared, and then the backing began
to melt. Sick! That was not the end of it though. About 3/4s
way thru the fight, when trying to lift the fish after one of
its many runs, the rod EXPLODED! So here we are with a blown-up
14wt, about 4' left, and an angry bluefin at the other end.
Thankfully, the fight was about over, and the fish was soon
boated AND RELEASED!. We also came across whales and some enormous
bluefish blitzes. Gators! This place is really incredible
a resource. Awesome trip!
Hang on! Pre-blow-up!
This past weekend we hit the Lehigh. Flows were perfect - about
850ish cfs - on the Lehighton gage. 67F water temp in Lehighton
at 4:30pm. Good trout temps. We found some trout feeding here
and there, but not big numbers. Smallies were hitting well -
they were feisty and tight to the banks. There were some sulphurs,
isos, olives and even a few BIG stones hatching. The fishing
was ok. Weather and scenery was fantastic. Actually we had the
river to ourselves, as ALL the rafters were up in the gorge
with the higher release from Francis E Walter. This year the
flows have been great for the rafting companies...they must
be making a killing!!! Actually all the target
release dates appear that they will be met.
Joe with a nice Lehigh smallie.
Here we are in September with the 'unofficial' summer season
come and gone. As we morph from summer to fall, we begin to
re-focus our efforts toward our coldwater streams, as well
as, our fall migratory predators along the east coast.
The lack-of-water woes of August are no more. Recent days
of multi-inch rainfalls seem to be the norm, and look who
is knocking on the door, Florance. Time will tell what she
brings to our immediate area, but there has been a call this
year for a long tracked east coast hurricane.
In the coming week we will be back out on the Lehigh. Right
now water temps have come down substantially, and are in very
trout friendly temp ranges from the dam all the way down through
the gorge and beyond. The reservoir is back to just about
1,365' and outflow is a decent 350cfs or so. This can all
change and normally does so it is best to keep an eye on the
Keep an eye out for some reports coming soon.