Date: Mon, 20 May 2002
Subject: Penns Creek Trip
Walt, Just wanted to give you a report on our chapter trip to Penns Creek.
Our hosts Dick and Hall McKinney welcomed 6 chapter members ( Ray Young,
Dave Storm, Rudy Gable, Bill McNamara, Denis Mora and Mike Wilson ) to
Lykens Valley Camp for the weekend.
The members arrived Thursday and Friday with visions of Penns
Creek browns and brookies rising to the prolific sulfur, grey fox and march
brown hatches of mid May. Unfortunately mother nature did not co-operate,
and heavy rains left the creek high and discolored. Instead of dry flies we
were faced with woolly buggers and streamers bounced on the bottom. Several
members connected and were able to land some hefty browns. Dave
Storm decided to explore the small brooks and runs in the area, and
rewarded with a number of native brook trout.
Friday it rained all night, which pretty much ended any thoughts
of the creek fishing normally. Members made field trips to Milroy and State
College to replenish supplies and visit the local fly shops. Ray, Bill,
Rudy and Denis spent some time with Greg Hoover, and reminisced about his
trips to Lykens Valley Camp. A trip to Penns View ( with a spectacular
rainbow ), sitting by the creek waiting for the fish to jump, and a hike
through the tunnel to the "broad waters" rounded out the day. Saturday
evening was spent swapping tales and enjoying the fellowship of the camp.
Sunday morning after breakfast, 3 of the members gave it one last try
In my youth I would have called this trip a washout. As I get
older, my perspective has changed. We were able to spend time together and
get to know each other a little better. Had we been fishing, we would not
have had that opportunity. Most of us only see each other once a month, so
the camaraderie we enjoyed was something special.