Friday, August 15, 2014

You're going to get Roasted! - Juniaita River

Thats what I said to Andy right before an awesome smallie crushed his frog, but Ill get to that latter. I always find it interesting how friendships are made in this industry, and how close of friends you can become after one fishing trip, good or bad. Andy and I are both guides for TCO, as you all know I work out of the Reading store, and Andy owns a guide company, PA UnderCurrent Outfitters, that our State College store uses for all their trips. Andy grew up in a small town that borders the Juniata River, and is a fast driver over the mountains to Penns creek. He has always loved chasing big brown trout, but I think his guilty secret is that floating for smallmouth is his true passion. This showed throughout our trip this past weekend, with childhood stories of fishing with his dad, to his pin point accuracy of where these fish would be. The Juniata River holds some amazing fish, but because of its size and well established boat launches, it can be a very tough fishery, so if you are going to fly fish it, you better bring your A game. But trust me it will be well worth it.

Andy rowed me down the river all day, even after I demanded that I row him, he refused. Well, I wasn't having it, after a while of fishing a nice riffle with the anchor down, I moved to the back of the boat for a better angle, and Andy took the bait and headed to the front of the boat. Not before long I pulled the anchor and made him fish the rest of the way to the take out. It wasn't long before he got roasted by a sweet bass, right off the bank. Thanks again Andy for an awesome adventure.

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