Lately my Cedar Run experiences have been tied to events occurring at nearby Slate Run, Pennsylvania. They won’t always be so linked. Next spring I hope to make my Cedar Run visits more solidly focused on that beautiful stream.
On my previous visit in September, (The Cedar Run Experience, Part 5), Ted Piotrowski and I began a project for the Slate Run Sportsmen (SRS), producing a fly-fisherman’s map of Slate Run utilizing GPS coordinates. Yesterday we finished that aspect of the project in time to provide an update for the SRS at its annual Board meeting.
The day began near Cedar Run when I saw a raven lift away from the roadside. An adult bald eagle perched nearby, obviously a target of the raven’s interest. I stopped the vehicle and turned off the motor, hoping to get a photograph, but the eagle took off immediately and flew downstream along Pine Creek.
In the early afternoon, following my work at Slate, I returned to Cedar Run and drove upstream for an hour of fly-fishing. The sky was somber gray; the stream was low and clear. I suited up in an attempt to cover more water in my on-going quest to re-fish the whole stream in the next season or two.
With a bead-head Prince nymph on the leader, I stumbled upstream through the alders. I turned a couple of wild trout but didn’t hold one till the end of my allotted time on stream. Arriving at a rocky pool that I decided would receive the final cast of the day, I felt a solid hook-up. The dark-toned brown had bands of color that reminded me of a sucker as it raced back and forth across the pool.
It wasn’t a major day on stream, but I got the satisfaction of adding to the map of Slate Run to be used by fishermen, then of adding one more flourish of Cedar Run, the sister stream, to the map of my interior.
Returning homeward along Pine Creek, I looked unsuccessfully for the eagle I had seen early in the morning. Given any particular day in our lives, some things seem to work for our benefit and some things don’t. Events may not lend themselves to total understanding, but if a day outdoors gives you something to reflect upon, the time spent on the land and water isn’t wasted.