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#1 Sep-02-19 7:48PM

Paul Naj
Northern Snakehead
Registered: May-20-08
Posts: 320

Little Juniata River Trout Fishing

Made a trip up to Central PA to fish the Little J yesterday. With cloudy conditions and some rain forecasted, I was hoping for good fishing well into the day. The flow on the river was pretty low so I expected a different experience than my last two trips but was unsure of what I would find. Sure enough, the spots I fished and caught on the last trips were completely different and I had to change up my game plan. I'm quickly learning that changing stream conditions are a constant part of trout fishing and learning to adapt is a big part of being successful. So adapt I did. It took me a while to figure out where the fish were holding and what they were eating, but once I did I caught some fish and had a fun morning on a beautiful stream.

I got to the water as it was getting light and was in the water by 6:25 and was greeted by the first train of the day.
https://i.imgur.com/W1xRQaN.jpg?1

I searched around for about an hour without a hit. I then found a deeper run just below the bridge and put on a strike indicator to fish further away from me since the water was so clear. I also saw some inch worms hanging from the trees so I put on a pattern called a green weenie. I almost immediately had my first hit and a miss. On the very next cast I hooked my first fish but it came unbuttoned about half way in. It looked to be about a 10" or 11" brown. I then had to retie my rig because of a tangle. On the very next cast I hooked this beautiful rainbow.
https://i.imgur.com/J1J7xVi.jpg?1

I tried to get a selfie with this one but he was camera shy and promptly jumped out of my hands back in the water. Here's me fumbling my catch. lol
https://i.imgur.com/CDGP9OJ.jpg?1

Rainbows are not known to reproduce in the Little J, so this is a stocked holdover but a nice fish none the less. The cool thing is that the nearest stocking point is about 4 miles away in one of the tributaries.

I managed to get 2 other fish in this run including this beautiful wild brown.
https://i.imgur.com/44ZOHkC.jpg?1

Once that hole dried up I went exploring and picked a few more fish, including 3 that I caught in a super shallow riffle tight line nymphing.
https://i.imgur.com/xnuzgVB.jpg?1

All in all a great day on the water and once again proud of my ability to adapt and learn in new conditions. I've now fished the Little Juniata and the Big Gunpowder 3 times each and the flows have been significantly different on every trip and I've caught fish in different spots each time. I also haven't hit any decent bug hatches so I'm looking forward to experiencing lots of actively feeding fish. Can't wait to get out again.

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#2 Sep-02-19 8:03PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1579

Re: Little Juniata River Trout Fishing

Great job!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#3 Sep-03-19 5:03AM

Curly
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Mar-15-10
Posts: 5005

Re: Little Juniata River Trout Fishing

Pretty fish!


Hell or High Water...........I'm Fishin!!   big_smile

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#4 Sep-03-19 6:20AM

firemunkee
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1543

Re: Little Juniata River Trout Fishing

Love this. Nice job adapting!


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#5 Sep-03-19 8:50AM

Houli
Northern Snakehead
From: Leesburg, VA
Registered: Dec-09-10
Posts: 229

Re: Little Juniata River Trout Fishing

Nice work Paul ..... beautiful fish there.

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#6 Sep-03-19 4:37PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13265

Re: Little Juniata River Trout Fishing

Nicely done...


Time to go fishin' again!

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