A Wild One on the West Branch

In this P.S. to a recent post called Delaware River Dreaming, I recall the difficult angling conditions on the river and the singular fish that came from its banks the weekend I was there.

Fishing with George Hrycun, I was fortunate to be on hand when George’s brown, a fine wild specimen like many that dwell in the West Branch Delaware, came to net. It had been chasing alewives that had swept over the dam at the Cannonsville Reservoir. Caught on a long white streamer near the bank, the trout was quickly released.

alewife chaser

alewife chaser

nice one george

nice one george

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About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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8 Responses to A Wild One on the West Branch

  1. Beautiful photography, great fish. Thanks for providing the visual candy.

  2. Good luck with the smallies! Hope that you were spared the heavy rainfall that northern NY got hammered with this past weekend.

  3. Joseph Hord says:

    That’s a beautiful fish! It makes me want to take a trip north to fish the Delaware!

    • It’s a classic wild trout river, Joseph, and one of our best, but dependent on the coldwater release from a Catskill reservoir. Fishable all summer.

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  4. Kenov says:

    A nice brown, indeed.

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