Monday, July 11, 2011

Guiding on the Schuylkill

Today was my first guide trip down the Schuylkill River. My clients Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer, decided to go for a relaxing float with hopes to get into a few nice Smallmouth. We started the float around 7am near Cross Keys Bridge, after having a little help throwing the boat in we started down river towards the sound of running water and fish splashing.

Early morning bass fishing could only call for one pattern the mouse, after only a few cast Dan was on with an over size Red Eye. It wasn't long before we realized it was going to be a great day to float. After about an hr of fishing poppers and mouse patterns we switched to sub surface rigs. The Zuddler minnow proved yet again to be candy for the Smallmouth and Red Eyes.

Between the 2 of them we had fish to the boat all day. We floated for about 4hrs before we stopped for a quick stream side lunch. However with fish rolling in front of us we didn't wait long to get back on the water and back to it. We found a few fish hanging in a nice run coming up for caddis and midges, so instead of changing the rigs we decided to see if that's all they ordered... Nope 4 fish later we realized they were just flat out hungry!

We couldn't have asked for a nicer day to float; the sun was out with a slight breeze to keep us cool.

Hot Patterns: Olive and White Zuddler minnows, Small Poppers, Mouse, & Krystal Bugger 

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