When I first arrived at the water it was chilly and foggy and the sun was just starting to peek out.
I was feeling good as I strolled up to the first hole and I caught three tiny guys (& a rock) within the first 15 or 20 minutes on beadhead nymphs. Bam-bam-bam. As the pictures below attest, they weren't beasts by any stretch. Two running around 4 or 5 inches, and the "big" one at 8.
From there...it was definitely slower going. I brought a few more to hand the rest of the day, but the Mom & Dad trout must have yelled at the kids for being so gullible.
Poor quality video of a release
Around 9AM I noticed it starting to get really crowded. On my normal path upstream I had to hopscotch about 5 or 6 different anglers (I'm not one to crowd on someone's space), especially the closer I got to the Wilson Road bridge. Once above it...forgetaboutit!
I even saw 3 different spinner fisherman upstream from the bridge. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with fishing spinners (I enjoy it myself), Valley is catch and release only so it attracts more of the fly fishing crowd. I haven't seen any spinning rods during my travels to Valley since May.
Since the on-water traffic only seemed like it was going to get worse from that point out, I ended up taking more pictures of the scenery than fishing. Valley Creek sits in Valley Forge National Park and it's simply stunning, especially in Autumn. Here are some more pics from my day.
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