MARYLAND

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Good People - Good Water - Good Fish

After years of research, two years, and four trips I finally got my Maryland trip.  Thanks to my new buddy Matt from Swallow Falls State park, you introduced me to Bear Creek!  

The first attempt was in May of 2021.  After 23 days on the road, I could only give Maryland about three hours of fishing time.  I mapped Herrington Run(39.4641, -79.44386) and Muddy Creek (39.50115, -79.41734). The rain blew out Herrington Run, and it was not fishable.  I couldn't find Muddy Creek because I decided not to pay the $5 entrance fee to the State Park.  The instruction from the booth girl got me lost going the back way.

 

The second attempt was in late October 2021, after a 9-hour drive from Chicago.  In the afternoon, I was one hour from Swallow Falls State Park in West Virginia to work at a Coffee Shop and fish Deckers Creek to try to catch my West Virginia.  It was sunny and 60 degrees in West Virginia, and it only took 30 minutes to catch a 14-inch rainbow.  So, it was off to Maryland; what could go wrong?  As the sun was about to set, I decided not to fish and go out for dinner, a big mistake.  As soon as I got out to the bar/restaurant, it poured for two days.  Trip canceled.
The third attempt was in August 2022.  I decided to give myself more time, so I budgeted three and a half days.  How can you not catch a trout in three and a half days? 


Well, that is what happened.  I tried everything, even six streams.
The fourth attempt was the charm.  I decided I needed to help and ask a buddy I met on my third trip.  Matt introduced me to Bear Creek.  On my third cast, I hooked a nice rainbow on Bear Creek in the exact location that produced nothing in August.  I lost it but got my confidence back. 
 
The next day, Matt met me at Bear Creek and gave insight into the stream.  It took about an hour, then I cast into a deep pool by accident and landed my first Maryland Rainbow.  It was a stocker and good enough to eat. 

I caught a couple of Wild Brook Trout upstream, which always makes me happy as the day ends.

Maryland Done!

Coffee Shop

Oakland MD, Coffee Shop

Bear Creek Rainbow

Bear Creek Rainbow

Bear Creek Rainbow

Bear Creek Rainbow

Wild Brook Trout

Wild Brook Trout

Matt's Large Rainbow

Matt's Large Rainbow

Fall In Maryland

Fall In Maryland

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

River Gator and Brooke Trout