Thanks to Mick for the stream report and Pics from Elk Creek. At our counter you’ll often hear, “new gear is lucky gear,” –the mantra rings true again!
I finally got the chance to test the 8 wt. St. Croix Imperial and Lamson Guru combo you set up for me on my first Steelhead adventure. I spent a day and a half on Elk Creek near Erie, PA last weekend. After checking in at Poor Richard’s for local advice, flies, and tips I hit the water and spent Saturday working on technique, learning the water, and watching locals pull fish out. On Sunday it got a little colder, the wind picked up, and snow came down hard. Close to giving up for the trip – cold feet, ice on the rod, slush in the water, flies lost on the bottom; I tried one last drift. The indicator slowed for just a bit & I pulled the rod back. For about the 6th time, the rock I was obviously stuck on moved a little and here we go! This time the set was good and after some tough work I had my first Steelhead. I executed a quick CPR (catch-picture-release) and called it a day. Fun times on new water. But I’m looking forward to getting back on the Gunpowder. See you at the shop on the weekend.