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2011 DMTU Spring Trip Print

By Steve Capoferri

April 29th - May 1st, 2011

For the second year, members of the club spent three days fishing the limestone streams of south-central PA with guide Craig Hull of Troutgetter Flies & Guide Service.

Craig and two other guides, Tom & Rob, split the nine of us into three groups. Each group fished different streams and ponds in the area, this way no one stream got fished hard in a day. This also gave everyone a chance to fish different types of water, some rolling meadow streams, nice mountain streams and a beautiful mountain pond.

We fished the upper 2 mile section of private water and the lower 2 mile public section (catch & release, fly fishing only) of Conewago Creek. The private section held rainbows, browns & brookies. All three species were caught, mostly on a pink san juan worm, with sizes ranging from 12” to 18”. The public section also held the same species of trout but with slightly larger sizes.

We also got to fish a beautiful, well managed private 2 -3 acre pond with all native fish. Most of the brookies, browns and rainbows averaged in the 20”+ range. Everyone who fished the pond caught plenty of fish using a dry fly with a size 20 zebra midge nymph dropper. Personally I caught a 20” brookie which bent my 5 weight mid-flex, 8’-6” rod in half, my knots held, the rod didn’t break and I landed a memory that I will never forget.

We also got to fish a private section of the west branch of the Conocoheague creek. Again, everyone was able to catch fish and the scenery around the stream was breath taking. It was definitely worth the drive and time to get there.

 Overall the weather conditions were good. Streams were high and fast from the storm that came thru on Wednesday, but started to clear up on Thursday. Still on Thursday the streams were fast but the color of the water was improving by the hour. It did rain on Sunday but that didn’t seem to bother the fishing, all the groups caught fish right up to the time we left. As for the cabin we stayed at, there was plenty of room for everyone to move around in and the view from the outdoor fire pit deck was fantastic. There is no question I will go again next year.


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