Wading Through 2013
Falling Spring spring creek, Chambersburg Pennsylvania
After nearly half a century of fishing, I was finally able to get on Falling Spring waters. Along with a group of friends, we endured the hottest days the summer had yet to offer to visit this spring creek gem.
With several of our group being spin fishermen, we decided to split up for the morning. The spin fishermen went downstream to the Coldbrook Farms area in the selective harvest section, while the remainder of us went upstream to the Quarry section to try our luck with fly gear.
I fished upstream of the Quarry put-in, and was treated to a great morning along some very nice water. The hatch activity was fairly low, probably due to the heat. But I was able to locate and fish to several rising fish. Each time however, they kicked the new guy to the curb. And after trying everything in my boxes I would move on. I was able to hook one nice brown for about 3 headshakes, but he added to my frustration by spitting my #20 Trico Spinner right back at me. I won the battle, but lost the war.
I fished my way up to the Cider Press Road crossing and met the rest of the crew at the foot bridge. All of us had experienced the same humbling of waters for the morning. Coupled with a thorough soaking of sweat through our gear as well. A great morning on great water, but the plan now was for lunch, hydration and getting back at the water later in the afternoon.
Chris enjoying the summer heat
Jim wringing out the mornings gear
Sweated through and beaten by trout, I'm thinking a cold beer is due
The morning was also the 1st time on the water with the new Orvis Battenkill click pawl reel, along with a new DT Hydros line. Both performed flawlessly. I have long awaited a new Battenkill click pawl reel and was not let down at all. Perfection in my opinion. The new line was also a nice surprise. The Far-and-Fine seemed made for the line, roll-casting as effortlessly as one could ask for.
The crew met up at the hatchery to compare notes and make lunch plans
A little shade while communing with the ducks
As luck would have it, Pete would be the first to bring a fish to hand on the Springs. Falling to a Mepps, his fish broke the ice for the group.
The evening found us back in the shade of the willows along the Coldbrook Farms section. A beautiful section of pools and a chance to avoid some of the direct heat. While the hatches still beat up on us, they did afford all of us a chance to practice changing flies as much as one would hope to in an entire season.
My 1st Falling Springs trout, courtesy of a C2C Nymph
The trip closed with 2 fish, a great time among friends, and a chance to wade some of the nicest looking water the state has to offer. Our inexperience on that particular water and the summer heat didn't help us, but the heat will wain, and now there's an excuse to head back again and fish the sections we didn't get a chance to see. It was a great time, and one that will have to be repeated.