Monthly Archives: September 2017

Potter County Revisted

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

Every year since the mid-1980’s I’ve spent a week or so fishing in north central Pennsylvania. I headquarter in Potter County, and most of my fishing is done there although I also wander out into neighboring Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. Early on I started referring to this trip as “My Sanity Fix.” I still regard it that way.

This habit got started when I was having a chat with some of my Trout Unlimited buddies about wild trout. Some of us had never caught a wild trout, others had very limited experience, and a couple of us had enough experience to know where and when to pursue them. We resolved to visit what the State Office of Tourism subsequently labeled “The Pennsylvania Wilds.” So it began. more…

Day Trip – Duck Creek

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

It’s always fun to fish some place new. Today it was Duck Creek. Well, a specific Duck Creek. There are 13 Duck Creeks in Montana. Outside of Montana, there’s another (according to the US Geological Survey) some 200+ more creeks officially named “Duck Creek”. One can only assume that a creek named “Duck Creek” might be a good place to see ducks. The Duck Creek that I would fish on this sunny Tuesday morning in June has a mixed and problematic reputation. At times, there can be some truly epic dry fly fishing for big rainbows and browns. At other times, the creek can be devoid of anything but smallish fish, including brook trout which are shamelessly easy to foul on a dry fly. On this day, there was a decent PMD spinner fall about 10AM, but dries brought only smallish fish to hand. My fishing partner however did manage to connect with a couple of brutish post spawn rainbows on a slowly drifted woolly bugger.

This was my first foray into Duck Creek. The fact that I finally had a fishing partner who was familiar with the creek was one reason I was finally able to visit this stream. I had driven over the bridge on highway 191 that crosses Duck Creek hundreds of times since 1972, the first time I visited this part of Montana. Its dark waters always looked inviting but there were always other destinations more inviting not far away. Just west of the bridge the creek flowed about two miles with a swift gradient through mostly private land and was choked with willows. Originally a tributary of Grayling Creek, the creation of Hebgen Lake in 1914, flooded the confluence to the point that Duck Creek flows directly into the Grayling Arm of Hebgen. To the east of the bridge, the creek takes on a completely different and enticing character. About one mile east lies the Yellowstone National Park boundary. A short, winding drive along a rutted and potholed dirt track–Duck Creek Road, will bring you to the park boundary and a small parking area. From this point east, it is, as the crow flies, about 1.2 miles to the confluence of Campanula and Richards Creek–the head of Duck Creek. We would be fishing this section today. more…

Grand Kids

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

When the first one came along I was in my 50’s and to my mind way too young to be called Grandpa so I insisted on the moniker “Papa” just as my father had years before when our first one was born. To my surprise and great joy being a grandpa turned out to be a really good gig and continues to be to this day. I dragged my family and their young families into my fly fishing adventures at Frontier Lodge near Nordegg Alberta and Blue Bronna Wilderness Camps in the southern Kananaskis. Both organizations graciously allowed me to bring everyone along while I taught and ran the Fly Fishing programs. more…