Monthly Archives: September 2012

Brook Trout Basics

For some it was the first day of archery season in the woods of Pennsylvania, but for me it was a day for brook trout basics. I was on a favorite brookie water with the forest brightening on the slopes … Continue reading

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Sinnemahone

Sinnemahone is my name for the watershed and countryside of the Sinnemahoning drainage south of Coudersport in north-central Pennsylvania. Its main arteries are the East Fork and the First Fork creeks (and Driftwood Branch to the west) that join the Sinnemahoning south of Wharton, PA and … Continue reading

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Puffball Daddy

In the Rambles custom of providing you with both provocative and traditional nature blogging (my best at any given time), I thought I’d try something new with “Puffball Daddy.” No, there won’t be any slambam thankyamam lyrics to absorb, just a Franklin poem with … Continue reading

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The Slate Run Odyssey, Part 11

“It’s time this group consider having Slate Run stocked with trout again, like it was before 1995.” Actually the local camp-owner who declared this, who belatedly entered a sportsmen’s meeting near Pine Creek, had it wrong. The Slate Run stocking program didn’t end … Continue reading

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A Creek With Almost Everything

After a cold front brought some rain to northern Pennsylvania, I visited lower Cross Fork Creek for the first time in several years. I parked at the dead-end road where a snowmobile bridge crosses the stream just upstream of its confluence … Continue reading

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Four Multi-Purpose Flies

With warm, dark nights still a possibility in September, I wanted to tie a few more flies for nightfishing. I also wanted my selections to be useful for the rapidly approaching steelhead season. Given a minimal amount of time for … Continue reading

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Owl Talk

Last night I dreamt of owls. I was in a large room with a group of hikers following a difficult walk. One of the guys had captured a screech owl and was stuffing it, alive, with marshmallows, the tiny colored ones that you … Continue reading

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The Slate Run Odyssey, Part 10

Leighanne and I returned to Slate Run over the Labor Day weekend. Time became an issue here at summer’s end, a concept that was both relevant and trivial. I’d begun my “odyssey” nearly a year ago, in mid-September. At that point … Continue reading

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Paths to Nowhere

                                         [Please click on thumbnail photos for a larger, clearer image] It may seem as though I’m on the road or on the river quite a bit, but actually I spend far more time on the “back forty,” on my small acreage with its paths behind … Continue reading

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