Good People - Good Water - Good Fish
Pennsylvania was an August 2019 unplanned weekend with the wife going to Michigan with her sister. Just a six-hour drive from Chicago is Neshannock Creek.
Being in the sushi mood, I put the cuisine in Google Maps. I was driving through Indiana; believe it or not, the "Cubby Trout" showed on my phone. Seem like a good omen!
I arrived at my KOA to set up the tent, set a fire, and eat my dehydrated dinner. In the morning, after breakfast, we headed to the stream. The warm water in August, and I knew little about the stream. The river was magnificent but after four hours nothing. I stopped by the fly shop and talked to the new owner. He advised me on the location and to use a Sili Worm Nymph.
After lunch and a tour of the great town of Volant, PA, I headed back to the river before sunset. After climbing down a steep slope, finding the correct spot took me a little while. It is a deep hole where the water is colder. On my first cast, I felt a huge tug. I had about three more big strikes, and I knew I was in the right spot! But I still did not land one yet. Finally, with no indication at all, I landed a giant rainbow. I would catch one more, a monster, the heaviest fish I ever had in a net. His girth was the size of my calf.
I celebrated at the Iron Bridge Inn with a large Ribeye!