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ChileRelleno

Vacation Time, Bushkill Creek / Bushkill PA

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We left Bama Wednesday morning, over nighted in Abingdon, VA and the next day stopped in Harrisburg, PA at Bass Pro Shops to pick up a few things before heading to our final destination here in Bushkill, PA on Bushkill Creek.
Staying at my wife's sister's cabin which is right on the creek, and it offers some good Trout fishing, along with Bass, Bream and others.
Really nice place and our hostess is first rate.
Have some of my family (older Sister and family) who live in Bethlehem are coming up for a Memorial Day BBQ.
Going to visit, play and fish and BBQ the traditional burgers-n-dogs.

Our hostess Auntie Angela and her beautiful cabin home.

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First Day of Fishing
First day of fishing for Nate and I commenced early with nothing to show.
But the afternoon has proven mildly productive.
I'm using Ultra Light and Light spinning gear, Nate is Flyfishing and Light spinning gear.
I'm brand new to trout, someone verify species for me, Rainbow and Brook?

I caught this 12.5" Bow(?) on a Mepps Comet Minnow drifting along a riffle, just barely keeping the lure facing down stream and picking up the slack.
First fish of the trip!

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Nate scores on a Caddis Fly, 10" Brook(?), he saw the fish rising to feed and put the fly in it's face and it ate.
This boy is a freaking natural born fisherman, and rapidly becoming adept at fly casting.

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This is the stream at the front of the cabin, we're fishing along about a 3/4 mile in either direction on a private road.
Very little traffic from other fishermen as it is walk-in only allowed and must have property owner permission.
We've carte blanche permission anywhere on this side of the creek road.

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Most of the people out here either fly fish or use live bait.
Lots of minnows, small earthworms, wax worms and hellagrammites on #6 and smaller hooks with BB sized split shot.
I may change my methods

 

Been wearing out the panfish this evening, some nice Red Breasted Sunfish.
I also caught another trout (species?), 10", on a red spotted/yellow Panther Martin spinner.

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Nate caught a really nice Red Breasted Sunfish, 9"+.
But didn't get a pic of that one, but it'll be breakfast.

 

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Day Two

Nate scored a 16.5" Golden Rainbow.
Some type of dry fly was used, not sure.

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I got an 11" Brook and a 11.5" Brown, both on live red wrigglers.

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Day Three

A lot of time out of the water today, running errands and shopping with the women.
So not much to show for fishing.

 

I caught a few dink trout, legal but too small for me to bother with cleaning.
I lost a BIG Brownie, might've been a new state record! :whistling:
Honestly, he was at least as big as Nate's Golden... Dagblast'it!

 

Also caught a nice 19" Smallmouth bass and another Smallmouth which is so far the tiniest fish of the trip.
The big Smallie had to be released as the season is closed on all Bass till June 16th, so no pic.
The dink Smallmouth was all of 2" and hit the same lure as the 19"er.

Nate put another Brown in the fridge, it was a solid 12"
He also caught a nice bass that looked to be a Spotted, but again strict C&R so no pic.

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Wonderful memories. BTW, your second trout was a Brown! Tight lines!

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I really need to get a waterproof/floating GoPro so I can take pics anywhere.
Sucks not being able to get scenery and action shots.
It is really beautiful up here.

One the wife took from the bank.

 

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Very nice, love fishing waters with the possibility of different species being caught. That Golden Rainbow is incredible, I have never seen one, very cool.

Looks like y'all are having a great time and having your son in the water with you is a priceless moment, nice job sir.

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That cabin is beautiful, what a fantastic place to wet some line.

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Nice trip!

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That's fantastic, great place ! Good times indeed. :fishing1:

 

 

 

Matt

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Day Four

Nate scores two nice trout.
He also missed one trout and landed a small Sunfish.

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And I walked away with my head hanging in shame.
I had two decent trout hooked and lost at the net. :(
A Smallie (C&R) and a Sunfish saved me from being skunked.

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Day Five

Today was a tough and frustrating day of fishing.
I lost so many freaking lures and lost a couple of nice trout.
One would've been a stud, but he is sporting a shiny new $5. piercing for the ladies.
Finally late in the day I was able to seal the deal on a nice 12" Brownie.
I also got another decent 13" Smallie (C&R) and another Sunfish.

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Today Nate almost got skunked.
He had a decent trout on the line, but it threw the lure.
I saw it clearly and it had to be 12"-14" fish.
Nate was pissed.
But his day was saved by a 4" Smallie whistling.gif

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Did some sightseeing.

Silver Thread Fall, 80'

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Dingmans Falls, 130'

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Went into Milford, PA to shop.
I hit up 'Fretta's Italian Food Specialties', they make a ton of homemade sausage, ham and cheese items... Simply incredible as I taste tested my way through their charcuterie selections.
Then I broke out the Visa and bought enough meats, cheeses and stuffed olives to maybe last me till Friday if I don't pig out twice a day or more.

Double up on the cholesterol medicine!

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Beautiful country, woza, now I don't fish and have no idea what end of the line to even throw in the water, but them is some pretty looking fish :laugh: :laugh:

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Looks like a very enjoyable vacation.

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whoa..that place is super nice.

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