01/17/09

Destinations:
I doubt that many of you will be traveling to and fishing the Smokies to fish this month although I
hope you do.  January and the first part of February are probably the coldest times of the year and
you will have to pick out the better days to expect much success fishing the freestone streams.
By the end of February, everyone will be doing their best to force the bugs to hatch and the trout to
respond even though they will probably have to wait a few more days to see any surface action.
That considered, I thought I would write about some fishing trips we have made to various other
destinations. Don't expect these articles to win any awards, just tell you about some things I
hope you will find interesting and a few that I look back on with a gleam in my eye.

Fly Fishing South Central Pennsylvania's Limestone Streams

Yesterday I wrote about one of the famous limestone streams in the South Central
area of Pennsylvania - Big Springs Creek. There are many others, so today, I will
mention some of the others that Angie and I have fished. I-81 is fairly close to most
of the streams. Of course you have to travel through the state of Virginia and a
short piece of Maryland from the Smokies to get there but it is only about a days
drive.

Near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, you will find
"Falling Spring", a limestone
stream that is about 7 miles long and never much wider than 20 feet. This little
stream has water that is about 46 degrees on the coldest days of winter. Some of
the stream is on private property. Over 2 miles of it is designated Heritage "wild
trout" waters. It has some large stream-bred wild rainbow trout but we were not able
to catch any of them the day we spent on the stream. We did catch a few smaller
rainbows. I'm fairly certain that the fishing could be well worth while especially if a
mayfly hatch was occurring but the September day we fished the stream we saw no
mayflies.

"Letort Spring Run", one of the Top 100 streams in Trout Unlimited's book, is
located smack in the middle of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is just off I-81 which in fact
crosses the stream at one point. There is a mile and a half stretch of this beautiful
little spring creek that is designated "Wild Trout" water. There are places it reaches
close to 40 feet in width but most of the stream seems to be closer to 20 feet or less
wide.
Angie and I have fished this stream several times during the past few years. Most of
the time we didn't catch the first trout but, most of those times we spent only a short
time trying. The two days that we have devoted most of our time on the stream, we
did manage to catch a few brown trout but all but one (about 16 inches) was less
than 12 inches long.   This stream suffered a fish kill at one time and trout were
replanted in one area of the stream at one time. It is full of aquatic vegetation,
especially in its upper sections. It is also full of cress bugs which probably
represents a big part of the trout's diet. Although it is famous for terrestrial insects,
we have seen very few even during the prime season for them. That said, the trout
that we did catch came on beetles and hopper flies fished very late in the day not
long before dark. That seems to be the most productive time and way to fish this
stream at least during the summer and early fall season. All in all, we feel like this
stream is very overrated. We could be wrong.

There are more limestone streams in this section of the state that we have fished
and we will continue with them tomorrow. They are Green Springs and Middle
Springs Creeks or Runs, We will also

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