This past Saturday I had the opportunity to explore two Class A Wild designated trout streams in the Pocono region with my friend Joseph Simons, aka the “Wild Trout Man”. I believe that an emphasis on either “wild man” or “wild trout” would be appropriate as Joe embodies both traits in his passion for wild trout and the wild places they are often found in. While I certainly enjoy the planning, map study and approach that goes into these blue line explorations, there’s nothing better than sharing that experience with another like-minded angler. Thank you Joe for being an accomplice on my latest blue line excursion, I had a great time and we will certainly do this again. This week’s pic is the “Wild Trout Man” himself doing what he does and working some small stream magic. Till next week …..

My visits to headwater streams have run the full spectrum of experiences from boom to bust with many in betweens along the way. Some have been miserable experiences that left me scratching my head and scratching them off my bucket list while others were beautiful places that exceeded my expectations and kept me smiling long after I broke down my rod at the end of the day. The true essence of blue line fishing is the trip into new waters with no assurance of what waits at the end of the hike. It’s the culmination of studying maps, anticipation and the reality of the journey to get there. This past weekend I had the pleasure of exploring a few small streams in York County with my friend Ed Bosley. The waters were clear and cool, the trout were brightly colored and eager, and the stream bottoms were carpeted in the bright yellow blooms of Marsh Marigolds. This week’s pic is Ed working his magic on one of those streams. Till next week …..

I love to explore headwater streams and fish for native brook trout and wild browns. There’s something deeply satisfying and oftentimes rewarding in exploring waters that are new to me and getting away from a busy lifestyle and its demands. The only thing that is cooler than doing it alone is to do it with a friend that shares the same love of these special places. This past Saturday I had the privilege of exploring a few new headwater streams just north of Pennsylvania’s coal regions with Fred “Grizzly King” Klein. Fred is not just an ace tyer of traditional wet flies from Mary Orvis Marbury and Ray Bergman, a great historian and writer, but also a good friend. This week’s pic is Fred working one of those headwater stream pools with his old school wet flies. Till next week ……

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