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Tight Lines

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. 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.

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; my lovely bride would say I am somewhat obsessed. I would fish every single day if I could, and I came awfully close in 2021. I don’t want to talk about 2022.

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. Working on this major renovation at the homestead is getting in the way.

Saturday, April 1st, marks the opening day of the trout. Thousands of anglers from all over the map will flock to our great region that weekend. They are all hoping for an opportunity to catch some fish. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks over three million fish each year, and many of these poor little guys are now residing in Lycoming County’s streams. 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 buses all shopping at Wegmans at the same exact time.

I am still on the fence about sneaking out for a few casts. 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.

Then I got to thinking — scary thought, I know. Perhaps I could write the Seven Commandments of Trout Fishing on opening day 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.

Stay away from beavers, and watch out for kayaks and canoes. That’s another story.

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.

There is nothing like spending time with your son on the water. And seeing the joys of reeling in a fish is second to none. This simple pleasure has been passed down for generations. I have had many enjoyable experiences on the water. But whenever I am with my son. The latest adventure always trumps them all. Cheers.