Dick and Hall McKinny hosted 5 Chapter members ( Denis Mora, Dennis O'Gara, Tom
Flannery, Rich Ulrych and me ) along with a former member ( Tom Frank ) for
the weekend at the Lykens Valley Camp.
Dick, Hall and I arrived early
Thursday afternoon, and were joined by the others who arrived Friday and
Saturday. The weather was near perfect with warm sunny days, and cool
evenings. We had a couple of thunderstorms Saturday evening, but they
didn't cause us any problems, other than some wet gear.
The creek was in great shape, and was actually low for this
time of the year. I've gotten used to high water conditions, and seeing the
creek in it's mid-season form was a real treat. We were greeted by the
usual suspects - March Browns, Grey Foxes, Caddis, Blue Wing Olives,
Midges, and the Penns Creek favorite the Sulphurs. We spent time at most of
the "spots" - Brockerts, The Broadwaters, Rainbow Riffle, The Curve Pool,
Love's Hole, The Mill Dam Pool, and of course The Home Pool.
Most of the morning was spent nymphing the pocket water,
with a number of fine native browns coming to hand. We even had a couple of
brookies thrown in for a change of pace. The evenings were the "magic time"
when the sulphurs hatched, and we turned to surface fishing. Either emerger
patterns or dries were the fly of choice, with Tom Frank's sulphur spinner
flies used for the last 15 minutes just before dark. A number of browns
chose our flies, and we had some terrific fishing each evening.
The Sulphur spinner fall at dark was something to see (
assuming you could see ), with fish rising everywhere. Of course you
couldn't see to tie on a fly, and you couldn't see your fly on the water,
and you couldn't see the fish take your fly - but other than that it was
Tom Flannery hooked a monster in the Mill Dam Pool Saturday
evening, but was unable to land the beast. The last time I spoke to Tom on
Sunday norming, he was still having flashbacks. I suspect Tom will be back
for more. I think everyone had a great time, I know I did."
photos by Denis Mora and Mike Wilson
"The Penns Creek gang"
a Columbine showing its full colors
... a Penns Creek wood turtle ...