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Yellowstone Brown Trout

Yellowstone Brown Trout

The only reason we kept this fish was that, event though it was hooked in the mouth on a fly, it was bleeding profusely from its gills. I felt bad.
I was really impressed with the size of these fish. We caught them bigger than this, but this is the only picture I have.


Montana Cutthroats

Montana Cutthroats

This little creek was loaded with native cutthroats. Spectacular scenery and beautiful trout--a great combination.


Elk Creek Steelhead

Elk Creek Steelhead

Fresh chrome just before dawn with the mist rising off the water. It doesn't get any better than that!


Record Lake Trout

Record Lake Trout

Well, personal record that is. And I didn't actually catch this one--Chuck Turner did. I caught it's twin, a little longer and a little lighter (I think this one was 24 pounds and mine was "only" 23 and half), but my mount didn't survive the years. We caught these fish on a fly-in lake in Canada that we drove to (long story). We caught them on the surface right after ice out--great fight. Our guide couldn't wait to quit fishing and get back to shore saying, "Now everyone will see that I am the Number One Guide!"


PA Steelhead

PA Steelhead

Another big fish, this time a hen. This fish was also hooked right at my feet. At first she just stayed deep and bulldogged--held fast while shaking her head. Then she took off on a sizzling run giving my drag that beautiful high pitched scream. Then it was a series of jumps--classic steelhead fresh out of the lake!


Nice Male Colouring Up

Nice Male Colouring Up

This one was just shy of ten pounds; a strong fish that fought well. After a fishless morning, I did a drift along a drop off right at my feet. Just before I pulled my line out of the water to cast again--immediately in front of me--this fish hit.


Walnut Creek Crowds?

Walnut Creek Crowds?

A lot of people talk about how crowded the Lake Erie tributaries are during steelhead season. Well, this picture is taken during the peak of the season on Walnut Creek. I caught a TON of fish. And you can see there is not another soul around. Sure you have to do some walking, but it would be worth it for the scenery alone.


Brook_trout

Brook_trout

A native brook trout caught in the fall from a western PA stream. Though they come bigger, they don't come any prettier!


Nov_1215trip_006

Nov_1215trip_006


Fall 002

Fall 002

When driving on a fishing trip, it is always better when the trooper pulls out in front of you instead of behind you...


DSC00138

DSC00138


November 4-5 008

November 4-5 008


November 4-5 008

November 4-5 008


November 4-5 010

November 4-5 010

I have found this is the best way to hold a fish. That way my face doesn't ruin the asthetics of nature's beauty on a stream...


National Aquarium

National Aquarium

Some nice brookies. Too bad they don't allow fishing at the National Aquarium!


Sunrise while Steelheading on Elk Creek, PA

Sunrise while Steelheading on Elk Creek, PA

Sort of a funny story behind this one. I arrived at this spot before sunrise a few days earlier only to find it already crowded with people (much to my surprise). This time I arrived at this spot an hour before sunrise. And sure enough, on this particular day, no one else showed up until well after dawn. That meant I sat alone in the dark for an hour waiting for it to get light. To help pass the time I took pictures of the rising sun.


Lake Erie Steelhead

Lake Erie Steelhead

A nice steelhead from Elk Creek, PA. Purty!


Fresh chrome

Fresh chrome


Woolybugger

Woolybugger