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By D-nymph
#309928
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Opening day of stocked trout season in Pennsylvania means,literally, 1 million dudes pounding every square inch of trout water they can find be it lake, stream or river. Many of these guys only fish that one weekend each year. It's best, unless you want to fight these unholy masses, or have a hard on for PA fishing "opening day" tradition, to not only get the hell out of town, but leave the state. That way when you return it's as if nothing's changed. And you didn't have to witness the carnage.



We headed west for an overnighter on some rustbelt Erie Tribs, and found relative solitude. Some fresh manistee strain fish, and some disgusting moldy ones. There had been a dramatic temperature change from Friday to Saturday, daytime temps dropped about 35 degrees. I was concerned that the fish might shut down, but we fished that river pretty hard, and they cooperated.



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This one's friggin' disgusting. I hope you bleached your hands before you touched your junk, lurker Bill!

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Fly that didn't work for shit.

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This one section of this river had dead fish everywhere.

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Break time



Let's have a beer

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And a smoke with my new friend, the sucker.

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Sunday morning, after getting up real slow, we hit a different river. Last time I fished this spot there were about 20 cars in the lot, Sunday, we were the only one. Where the hell is everyone?

Walking in

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All alone

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Marabou spey worked on one feisty girl

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Headed home

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By Kylemc
#309930
solid bro!
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By Bruiser
#309931
That was an excellent report, and dang those are truly some badass fish. :cool

On top of that, you probably listened to some real good twangy music all weekend.
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By foureyedgeek
#309934
Good stuff D. My pops and I were lucky to have a section of the Little J all to ourselves...
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By McH
#309936
Damn Fellas, careful lift'n those pigs, you're gonna slip a disc. :cool
By thalweg
#309939
Nice one D.
The sucker shot with the smoke made me spew my turkey sandwich everywhere.
Those are nice fish, I want to come visit sometime... :cool
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By RaZ
#309942
nise feesh duud. i wish the state posted trout kills from opening weekend like they do for Deer, Turkey, or Bear season.
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