A flyfishing excursion up to a well hidden stream in the Poconos on a wet stormy Saturday, June 3, 2006.

Richard Terry, Richard Ulrych and Walter Kononenko made the trip to the stream in pretty good time considering that the rain storm dumped 3" of rain overnight in our region. We were worried that the streams in the Poconos would be affected and swollen, but after Richard checked the water conditions on the Lehigh River and its tributaries the stream flows were not that much higher.

Walking in it was still raining and we did see some freshly fallen trees along the path in. We came across one particular tree whose branch broke off and to our amazement we found a bird's nest with 4 tiny white unhatched eggs still intact. The beautifully engineered nest was firmly attached to the tree and the eggs were safely protected. Unfortunately, the nest was close to the ground and in the open that survival of it's occupants would not be known. This is the way it is in nature. Maybe the parents may have another chance and better luck next time. See the photos below.

We reached the stream in good time along a fairly good path, but with a good number of falled tree across the path making a respectable obstacle course. We had a good trek in and got ready for fishing. Richard Ulrych has fished this stream over the years and this stream has good numbers of stream bred wild brook and brown trout.

This was Walter's first time on this stream and what an impression this little stream makes. The creek starts up higher on the Pocono plateau and flows down to the Lehigh River through a heavily forested mountain laural and hemlock steep valley. There are many old and large forested growth in this valley, which makes a nice forested canopy over the stream. This is the classic wilderness stream know for small wild native brook trout. What a gem of a stream right here in Pennsylvania. And it takes some effort to get to it, which in a way preserves it's unique characteristics.

We each took a section along the stream and started fishing individually by slowly working our way upstream. There were many pocket waters, small waterfalls, big boulders and small and deep pools made by a good cold water flow cascading down over several miles to the Lehigh River. This stream supports both stream bred brook and brown trout. Both Richards started to catch and release a good number of the little trout. Walt had a more difficult time in applying small stream tactics to this stream. After loosing several flies in tree branches and in snags in the water, Walt got a few pointers from Richard Ulrych and started to do much better. In the process Richard found one of the flies Walt lost in the tree. Walt hooked a small brookie in a small pool and with the excitement got the line tangled in the tree branch overhead and the little fish jumped free from the hook and made it safely back into the water. There were some mayflies and caddis activity on the stream. The place was just beautiful. The rocks in the stream were moss covered with wild flowers growing everywhere among them. The rain sort of stayed with us the entire day which in a way we did not notice because of the location we were in with the heavy overhead cover. This was indeed tough and challenging fishing in the physical sense as well as to the trout. We all felt we had spent a good day on a rugged mountain stream.

Another interesting event happened on the way home. After checking out the neighboring stream in the Lehigh Gorge area and were making our way back to the PA Turnpike, right in front of us about a hundred feet away a large black bear ran across the road. He was beautiful and he was big. We estimated at least 250 to 300 pound bear. Yes, there is a lot of wildlife in Pennsylvania.

- Walt Kononenko

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June 5, 2006
photos (c) by Walt Kononenko


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