Summer Smiles, Grad Gifts, and Great Giveaways
- May 31, 2023
I’ve mentioned before that I am one of North Central PA’s biggest fans. It’s true. Seriously folks. What’s not to love about the 570? This place is just splendid, and our beautiful area is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor enthusiast like me. Yes. I absolutely dig everything about her, and I am still patiently
I’ve mentioned before that I am one of North Central PA’s biggest fans. It’s true. Seriously folks. What’s not to love about the 570? This place is just splendid, and our beautiful area is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor enthusiast like me. Yes. I absolutely dig everything about her, and I am still patiently waiting for an invite from the Visitors Bureau.
Lycoming County provides hundreds of exceptional fishing opportunities. We are so very blessed with several different types of water to target all kinds of species. Fishing has always been my passion, and my lovely bride would say that I am somewhat obsessed. I would fish every single day if I could, and I came awfully close in 2017.
A few of my favorite spots are just a short drive or walk from the house. I do my very best to fish them year round, but unfortunately, my adventures have been non-existent of late. Work and chores seem to get in the way. Besides, Jensen’s baseball is just getting started, and I am still nursing my ruptured leg.
Saturday, April 14, 2018, marked the opening day of the trout season and thousands of anglers from all over the Commonwealth flocked to our great region. They were all hoping for an opportunity to catch some trout. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks over three million fish each year and many of these poor little fish are now residing in Lycoming County’s streams and lakes. It’s a crazy time of year, and they don’t stand a chance. People are everywhere with an abundance of scrumptious flies, lures, and baits. It reminds me of four tour busses all shopping at the same time. #wegmans.
As of this writing, I am still on the fence about sneaking out for a few casts this Saturday. I don’t do well with crowds and actually, prefer to fish alone. I had an awful experience with last year’s opener, and I vowed to myself — never again. No worries. I still managed to catch and release ten healthy fish this morning. #delayedharvest.
Then I got to thinking — scary thought I know. Perhaps I could write the Seven Commandments of Trout Fishing to help. Bear with me folks. I am only trying to bring more common sense and etiquette back to my favorite sport.
A stationary fisherman has the right to remain where he is. Don’t expect him to leave his spot just for you. Leave him alone and walk around, being certain not to disturb his stretch of water.
Please don’t throw rocks. They scare fish.
A fisherman working upstream has the right of passage over someone coming down. Be very careful and courteous to others. Don’t be that guy who splashes, and please yield to those who actually know what they’re doing.
Don’t crowd other fishermen — especially when they get to the hole first. Give them space and NEVER cast directly next to or in front of him. You’d be surprised kids.
Watch out for kayaks and canoes. They hurt. Stay away from beavers.
Many streams flow through private property. Kindly respect all postings and remember that stream access is a privilege and not a right. This doesn’t pertain to the boys funneling those Genny Lights. Feel free to trespass guys.
Give a hoot. Don’t pollute. Get in the habit of picking up old fishing line, cans, and other trash and discard it properly. It will make a major impact.
Tight lines boys and girls. Please respect the water and the others who enjoy it. It is also very important to get the next generation involved with the great outdoors. Help teach them good fishing etiquette while they are young. Cheers.
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