Member "Spurky" was our "unofficial" host, and a handful of us all met up at the Lickdale Campground in Jonestown, PA early on Saturday morning.
|L to R: tmiriverrat, Swattie87, kevin07, me|
Photo Credit: DRY
|Spurky61 & Bubba|
Photo Credit: DRY
There was to be two parallel outings to take place - some of the group was going to float & fish a section of the Swatara Creek, while another group was going to wade some tributaries for trout. I was in the latter group, and while the other guys were off with their canoe & kayak, member "Swattie" took me up to Trout Run, in search of some brookies.
I have to admit, fishing Trout Run was very different from any trout fishing I was used to. In many stretches it was very confined & overgrown, and only required a short 2 or 3 foot cast into what I'd call a "micro pool" formed by a downed log, rock, or root ball. Swattie fishes this water quite a bit with Spurky, so he was my guide for the day.
|A sippy cup found in its natural environment|
We all got into some fish on Trout Run (Spurky & Bubba caught up with us later), my highlight being a nice 7 or 8 inch brookie. In addition to the trout, we also caught our fair share of fallfish & chub on our wade downstream.
|Swattie with fallfish|
|Spurky with trout|
After a quick trip back to the campground for some lunch (& to see if the floaters had returned yet - they hadn't), Swattie and I headed out to Indiantown to target some feisty little sunfish. We fished this stretch for about 2 and a half hours, and although Swattie said the action was a lot slower than normal, between the two of us, we did land quite a few fish. The most memorable for me being a pig of a red breasted sunfish, as well as a larger sized fallfish.
After that, it was time to pack it in. Everyone convened back at the campground to show off some pictures and tell fish tales from their respective adventures before going our separate ways. The guys on the float did well too - getting into bass, fallfish, even a native brook trout! Spurky was an excellent "unofficial" host, and Swattie did a great job as guide. It was one of those experiences where it truly was nice to finally put some faces to names of some really good fishermen.