October Trout on Spring Creek

My Father is most responsible for getting me hooked on trout fishing. Growing up, we would load our Dodge van with spinning rods, tackle, and sandwiches for lunch, and head to a small mountain stream where Dad would teach Jordan and me the basics of trout behavior and how to pursue them. After his sons took up fly-fishing in recent years, Dad also bought a fly rod so that we could continue to share in fishing adventures as a family. It has been a rewarding experience for me to share angling tips with him, and repay a small part of the fishing knowledge he imparted on me as a child.

This past weekend, Dad and I were able to get out fishing together for a few hours on Spring Creek near State College. Although Central Pennsylvania missed the brunt of the storm, Hurricane Joaquin left streams running full, cool, and slightly off color; perfect conditions for tossing streamers. A week-long stretch of cloudy and wet weather broke just in time for us to enjoy a beautiful evening on the stream, complete with a chill in the air and the first fall colors showing in the leaves to remind us that fall is upon us.

The sky cleared for the first time in a week while we were on the water, creating a beautiful fall scene.

The sky cleared for the first time in a week while we were on the water, creating a beautiful fall scene.

We were fortunate enough to catch and release several healthy and mature Brown Trout on olive sculpin-imitation streamers I had tied, and even fool a few on some late season dry flies. It was a perfect evening to mark the transition from summer to fall trout fishing.

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