Member Submissions



Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 11/28/17 08:32PM

November 27, 2017 Fine day. Ambient temp 58F. Two spirited well conditioned 13" airborne rainbow trout caught. At one stage had two trout on the line at once tugging in opposite directions. Something had to give. Wine and cheese on the deck rounded off a gorgeous day.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 07/28/17 04:36PM

July 27, 2017 Brought our two UK grandchildren and eldest son Gordon (44) to the stream, knowing water level would be low - and it was indeed! Plan B, rapidly adopted, was to catch 16 wily crayfish for a Cajun Bouillabaisse that evening (including a couple of unlucky sun fish). This amounted to a huge amount of fun for all deploying a 'Crayfish Spotter' and 'Catcher in the Stream,' with stick and landing net (placed slowly behind unsuspecting crayfish - before waggling the stick infront). Cloudy day, before threatened rains, but an outstanding (wobbly) Deck lunch of Perignon pate, various cheeses, salami, and a bottle of NZ SB for the exhausted adults. Oh, to be young again.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 07/06/17 01:40PM

July 6, 2017 For those of you interested in a blend of particle physics, origin of the universe, a TOE, and trout fishing, I recommend reading Marcelo Gleiser's book "The simple beauty of the UNEXPECTED." SD.

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Name: Chuck Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 06/28/17 12:18AM

Shadow Trout and Worms. Sunday, June 25 was a beautiful unseasonably comfortable,party cloudy, day in the low 80s and low humidity. At 3 PM the sun was on the water sending the trout into the shadows. No visible trout in the Nut Shell, slow surface action in the Swimming Hole and a crowd hanging out by the fallen tree in the Alder. Small light tackle was the order of the day; 18 Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns and the smallest strike indicator. Until the sun was off the water hookups were slow. About 6 PM the action picked up in the Swimming Hole. The Alder had to be fished like a lake as the drift was so slow and the Trout were rabid for worms.....San Juan worms that is. All the Rainbows had great color. The crayfish were abundant and you had to keep a sharp eye in the Alder so as not to misidentify that submerged rock for a large turtle.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 06/08/17 02:07PM

June 8, 2017 What a glorious day - 63F, light drizzle, and green solitude. Went up for half a day's fishing, and grab the last of the strawberries at Scenic Farm. Had a good laugh with Bonnie who's an absolute gem. Water surprisingly low and clear, but strong evidence of prior flooding with numerous trees downed. The large sycamore across the swinging bridge pool has mysteriously gone, and no obstructions seen as far as the alder pool. Caught several feisty rainbow trout mainly on small nymphs. My first short cast in the riffles at the top of the swimming hole connected with a 16"+ trout that went off like a rocket with my reel singing. The fish jumped a good four feet, and shortly thereafter disgorged my fly, leaving me with an adrenaline rush. Wild flowers long gone, foliage incredibly green and overgrown, and little wild life observed other than a duck, flycatcher, etc. Still need a rustic rail down to the nutshell pool, and replacing the doggy plywood board at the entrance to the alder pool. Finished the day on the deck with a glass of Chardonnay, caviar, and cheese. Not bad.

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Name: Chuck Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 05/21/17 08:15PM

19 May 2017. A beautiful afternoon. A quick thunderstorm cut short my conversation with Myron, who was up checking on the property. We had just seen an Eagle when the downpour sent us scurrying. The stream was a bit cloudy which provided an advantage while sneaking up on the trout. A typical 10 fish afternoon. I landed six, two broke me off and two did a self-release after the 8-second rule used in Western Fly Fishing. The big Browns were on the edge of the fast currents at the head of the Alder where the stream dumps in to the Alder. Regrettably a very bold poacher fished out most of the Swimming Hole. He left his crushed Miller Lite Beer cans beside the stone steps, which I policed up, and his Power Bait bottle.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 05/11/17 08:28PM

May 7, 2017 Dam Day Although the stream was in full spate (with video taken by Myron Randall to prove it), we had a delightful gathering of thirty or so members and guests - with dry weather. The lunch was superb (smoked salmon, shrimp, deviled eggs, hamburgers, assorted cheeses, chocolate chip cookies, etc.). Joanne Wilson yet again did an outstanding job arranging the luncheon, with Lula there to help with the set-up. Again, we thank Joanne, plus the Randalls for the use of the facilities and continuation of our fly fishing club. There was minimal rubbish in and around the stream, which made for light work and a hurried rush for libations. However, numerous posted signs need replacing, in addition to a few other items previously reported (rustic hand rail down Nutshell steps & tree down across the swinging bridge pool). All in all, a great gathering - albeit even better with a stronger turn-out. So, next year, let's make that our objective. We were all saddened to hear later that Joanne Wilson's husband Derby, died May 6. He made a number of trips with Joanne to the stream, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He will be missed.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 04/28/17 01:38PM

April 26, 2017 Up for the afternoon after several days of rain. Water expectantly high and fast flowing, temp in the low 80s. Wild flowers inc. blue phlox, violets, wild geraniums, red bud, etc. all flowering. Tiger, zebra, and spice bush swallowtails were flitting around.No herons or other bi-pod poachers around. Disturbed a pair of mallard, otherwise all delightfully normal. Due to the high water and fast flow, fishing was not easy. Caught a few rainbows, and lost several, which thankfully disgorged my over-fished bent #14 Prince nymph. The fallen tree at the top end of the alder pool has been dealt with - so thanks. However, the large sycamore across the swinging bridge pool is still blocking fishing - but will be a brute to remove. Glorious day to be on the stream. Stephen.

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Name: Kent Ravenscroft & Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 04/06/17 07:26PM

April 5, 2017. Gorgeous day in the upper sixties, with a strong clear water flow. Blood root and pointed blue-eye grass in flower, with emerging violets. Disturbed a pair of (wood) duck, but fortunately no herons. Had our lunch on the deck, a combo of goose liver pate, different cheeses, and cured ham, washed down gently with a cold NZ Cabernet Sauvignon. Caught 5 rainbows between us, inc. a feisty 16" fish that Kent hooked, played, and released. Used a combination of the #10 Bloody Congressional Leech and a # 14 Prince nymph ( both sobriquets very much in the news right now!). Michael Callister arrived around noon, and headed briskly to the alder pool - where we believe he caught and photographed one of the 18" 'Treasurer's' trout. \What a day to be alive, and one with nature. Stephen.

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Name: Tom Hogan

Email: Thomas- hogan

Submitted At: 04/04/17 12:52PM

Found one of the giants Ed kindly stocked. Returned to the stream in good shape. #14 Bead Head Flash Back Hair's Ear. Check out this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VBn49G-5pZw Thomas Hogan

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Name: Edward Hull

Email: Edwardhull@aol.com

Submitted At: 04/03/17 01:52PM

Dear members, Last Thursday March 23, 2017 the Stream was stocked with 125 fish in PA waters. About 95 14" browns and 30 equally large rainbows. Two huge 18" monsters were winched into the water so as to encourage members to get their dues paid up and hit the stream. Get your $200 check out to Barry and enjoy the Spring fishing! Enjoy! Edward.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/08/17 03:27PM

March 7, 2017 Fcs't was intermittent rain, but temps low sixties in town. So Ken & I went for it. Water low and Bombay gin clear. Badly need more rain. Only few trout visible, and no rises - in spite of recent emerging flies. Couple of trees down, one sycamore right across the swinging bridge pool, and the other across the path at the top end of the alder pool (Michael & John, HELP!). Also, the plywood bridge is getting dilapidated and needs replacing reasonably soon. Ken suggests installing a rustic handrail on the steps leading below the nutshell, since there are a couple of loose stones, and decent (esp.after a few glasses of wine) is distinctly dicey - particularly if wet. Caught a beautifully marked 15' hen rainbow trout in the swimming hole on a #14 Prince nymph, which had other (recently stocked) trout circling. Other than that activity, neither of us had any strikes. Suggest another stocking in the stream at and below the nutshell once we get more sustainable rain. Barring small brush outcrops and fallen branches, the stream looked in good condition. No wild flowers visible yet, though evidence of violets emerging, plus a fine crop of snowdrops at top of Alder pool path. We retired to the deck for duck/goose pate, cheese, Triscuits, washed down with a fine pinot grigio. Now that's life.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 11/10/16 03:45PM

November 9, 2016 Escaped Washington to sooth our battered postpartum/trumpum election psyche, and commune with nature. Stream incredibly low and clear. A few trout visible, but just the Alder pool. Stocking right now, is not on - since fish would be too vulnerable. Fallen leaves everywhere, making it difficult to avoid rocks underfoot. A large tree has fallen across the path towards the alder pool. This required circumnavigation, or climbing over/under the tree.Because it was wet and slippery, we chose the latter two options. Ken did an impressive Marine scramble under the tree, and I risked my manhood doing the splits above him. Not much luck on the fishing front. Ken hooked a 6" silver fish, which he is still trying to identify (not bass, bluegill, sunfish, or trout). Had some serious libations on the deck while taking in the truly fabulous fall colors. Stopped by Scenic Farms (closes late November) to stock up on vegetables, apples, etc. and say hello to Bella Bonnie - whom I always joke with. Great day to be out and about in spite of the rain.

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Name: John Lange

Email: Johndlange1@gmail.org

Submitted At: 11/02/16 02:35PM

Nobel Fellow Anglers (all better than I): Visited the stream on Sunday October 30. A beautiful Indian Summer day. The stream was clear with a good flow of water. Caught an 11"-12" Rainbow in Senator's Pool? I don't know yet the names of the pools and the map I have is not very clear. It is the deep pool below the foot bridge. In addition to the fish just mentioned, there are at least 5 large trout there waiting for you. Happy fishing! Cheers, John

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Name: Chuck "Dry Fly" Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 07/22/16 01:06AM

Went fishing yesterday morning. Cool temperatures and clear water and tranquil setting. The problem was not catching fish, it was catching trout. The Small Mouth Bass, Sun Fish and unidentified fish with fins, gills and tails took anything thrown in the creek. I caught a "golden trout" in the swimming hole! There is a whale living in the swinging bridge hole. The wiley trout in the nutshell liked the orange strike indicator more than the brassie. The Alder was masters level fishing but they took to a white attractor fly like a Pit Bull on a porkchop!

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 06/20/16 03:43PM

June 19, 2016. Sara and I took a young couple (The Steins) with their two small lads (5&3) for a Fathers Day picnic on the deck, plus a group fly fishing lesson. Glorious day, low eighties, with water extremely low. First order of business was catching crayfish below the nutshell. This delighted the kids, who soon got the knack of spotting, and then netting cray fish from behind - while I waggled a stick in front. We boiled up a couple of dozen crayfish, to complement a 'Geneva lunch' of duck mouse with truffles, various cheeses, smoked salmon, baguette, etc. - washed down with a half decent Prosecco. Now that, in my opinion, is a Fathers Day lunch. Caught a couple of small rainbows and a feisty rock bass, all on the Bloody Congressional leech. The 4 year old played and landed the first trout, with yelps of delight. Stopped by Scenic Farms for strawberries, peas. cherries, etc. plus a huge hug for Bonnie, as I disappeared into her ample bosom! Stephen.

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Name: Teeny Zimmerman

Email: teenyzim@gmail.com

Submitted At: 06/12/16 07:06PM

June 10, 2016 I had a lovely day with my Foreign Service guys on Friday. Ashley caught a 13 and a 15 in the Alderpool, then a couple of 13s in the Swimming Hole. The other guy who’d just had two knees replaced picked up a 13 in the SH. I caught a huge 17 in the SH, but almost lost everything thanks to my little Rosy. As I brought it in to unhook it, Rosy who decided it was attacking me jumped in snarling and barking. Trying to unhook the fish, trying to fen off Rosy, my glasses fell off; and then a large snake swam almost between my legs. Fish OK but not Teeny nor her $200 glasses that will never be seen again! Ashley Wills is a charming guy who used to work for Warren. Warren thought he was one of the finest young officers in the department. He would like very much to be come a member. He’s strong and helpful as well as being great company!

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Name: Lizzie Schueler

Email: Lizzieschueler@hotmail.com

Submitted At: 06/12/16 02:52PM

June 11, 2016. Had a glorious 90 minutes on the creek on Saturday morning. Started with a prince nymph, size 12, and fished my way upriver from the nutshell. In the second pool up, caught a tenacious rainbow which jumped twice...about 12-13 inches. No action in any of the other pools until the swimming hole. There were several fish rising there. I fished from below, and tried a parachute adams and royal wulff to no avail. Put on a soft hackle and had one hit and miss. Changed out to a caddis emerger and son of a gun if the brown trout against the rock didn't gobble it up! In typical brown trout fashion, he gave a good fight with no jumps. He was about 16-17 inches. Beautiful. Pictures of two large trees which are down across the river, just up from the nutshell. Lizzie

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 05/22/16 08:55PM

May 20, 2016 Up to the stream for an afternoon's fly fishing. Gorgeous day in the low seventies. Water clear with good flow (aka zero prostate problems!). Stuart Gerson was already there, and into fish in the swimming hole. Caught four spirited, airborne rainbows up-stream, and Ken got a nice rainbow in the Alder pool. Saw few a rises, and fished with a variety of nymphs, inc. a Bloody Congressional Leech. Phlox, wild geraniums and violets still out, and everything very green and lush with all the rain. The Scenic farm outlet just before Sabillasville opens Memorial Day w/e, and reg gas is selling for $2.27/gal, off its low several weeks ago. Stopped fishing about 5:30PM, and enjoyed the evening on the deck with a variety of cheeses, washed down with a cold bottle of Tattinger champers - a true affirmation of life.

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Name: Dave Roll

Email: Droll@steptoe.com

Submitted At: 05/01/16 09:46PM

I arrived at Friends Creek on Sunday April 24 at about 11am. It was a bright, warm beautiful day to fish the Creek. I started at the swimming hole with a coachman and a bead head nymph dropper. For a change I got absolutely zip--no strikes, nada. I then walked up the Alder Pool. From the bank I could see plenty of fish around the big log just off the bank. I got into the stream quite a bit below the log. Using the same rig--coachman and nymph--I set the nymph into an 18" rainbow out in the deepest part of the stream on the fourth or fifth cast. The fellow gave me a nice fight and a couple of big jumps before I netted him. I managed to get the hook out without too much damage and he seemed to recover after I released him. I fished the Alder a while longer and netted another nice rainbow, about 13". I fooled around in the water below the nut hatch trying to catch the albino just upstream of the big rock. No luck. Someone was firing a rifle in the woods on the other side. I left about one o'clock. A great day at Friends. Dave

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Name: Michael Gewirz

Email: Mgewirz@potomacinvestment.com

Submitted At: 04/29/16 05:54PM

Sunday April 24th I fished the creek with Ned Finkenstaedt and Steven Gewirz, both expert anglers in all respects. After arriving late to the rendezvous I quickly assembled my rod and started fishing the Nutshell Pool. Casting aside guidance to use nymphs, I selected a Parachute Roylal Coachman and was able to hook and land a decent-sized Rainbow of about 13" in the pool. I had several other strikes and hooked 2 more fish which were long-line released ;) Monday April 25th I continued to fish using the same fly but went to Hogan's and started fishing upstream. I noticed a meaningful ripple near the large rock and log complex and immediately cast upstream of that ripple. A large fish took the fly and the rodeo was on. He jumped clear out of the water. It was a very large fish which was confirmed by the run it took all the way to the top of the pool taking most of my line and almost getting into my backing. The fish turned downstream and I frantically stripped line in order to stay connected. It then went under the log/rock complex and I could not force him out. He wrapped around some limbs and I approached in order to try to get my line and the fish untangled. He was at my feet and I then saw that it was huge brown trout of at least 18". I detangled, the fish got free and it was a compete morning.

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Name: Lynda Webster, Ken Woodcock, Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 04/29/16 02:08PM

April 28, 2016 Wet, windy, and cold, so were on the verge of cancelling our trip. Lynda Webster, being the stronger of the sexes (in spite of Trump's invective to the contrary), said we were going, regardless. Thank god we did, because the afternoon's fishing was phenomenal. Lynda caught a couple of nice browns, Ken caught multiple rainbows (inc. one he swears was 18") in the Alder pool, and I landed four and lost four spirited rainbows. Various nymphs were the order of the day. Ambient temp was a cold 45F with a soothing British drizzle. At the end of the day we were in the nutshell supping Lynda's exquisite hot broccoli soup, nibbling smoked salmon on Triscuits, washed down with a decent cold Mums champagne Ken provided. That was before Lynda laid out a table with an enticing salad followed by brie. Virginia bluebells and blue phlox were out, plus profusions of violets. A white-tail buck surprised me in the Swimming hole by jumping in from the far side and wading across within casting distance. Glorious day all round. We wouldn't have missed it for the world. SD

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Name: Ned Finkenstaedt

Email: Nedfink@comcast.net

Submitted At: 04/27/16 10:11PM

Sunday April 25. Fished with Michael Gewirz and his brother Stephen. Weather was mostly sunny, cool and breezy. Low water but plenty of action in deeper pools. Swimming, Nutsheel, Alder and Hogan's all gave up fish on small olives including one bruiser on Hogan's that took Michael into his backing before ending the fight.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/30/16 08:16PM

March 29, 2016 Fished a few afternoon hours on this perfect day, seventy degrees, sunny, and a little wind to shimmer the water surface. Red-bud still not quite out, and yellow trout lilies not flowering yet but, no doubt about it, Spring has arrived. Four turkeys flew across the stream a hundred yards or so above the alder pool, and disappeared silently uphill in a serried rank (a first sighting for me). We were both into some feisty rainbow and brook trout - though left wondering where the brown trout were hiding. One 15" well nourished rainbow in the swimming hole was beautifully marked from head to tail, and did some amazing acrobatics. I lost a Prince nymph in the swimming hole - after striking too hard. Grateful for its return if someone retrieves....! At the end of the day, Ken produced a cold NZ Sauvignan blanc and various French cheeses on the deck, to catch up with the day's events and put the world at right (sorely needed).

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Name: Stephen Day & Barry Rodstad

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/24/16 02:26PM

March 24, 2016 78F, gas still below $2/gal, stream a little low brimming with trout in the usual pools. Stocked 100 12" brook trout (@$3.75/trout) with the help of Ron King, who doubles up as our local bailiff to ward off poachers in summer months. Stocked the PA water below the nutshell down to Hogan's pool - especially riffles to extend the fishing range and enjoyment for members (also herons regrettably). Gorgeous day, small brown flies on the water, and rainbow trout were feeding voraciously. Barry and I caught numerous spirited rainbow trout in the Nutshell pool and above. Spring on the way, with bloodroot and pointed blue-eyed grass beginning to bloom. Spotted a female merganser upstream. Post stocking bliss (PSB) concluded with a glass of Nobilo NZ Sauvignon blanc and cheese. Message to any member that hasn't caught a trout this year: Get out an fish, while the stream is fully stocked!

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/02/16 04:36PM

March 1, 2016 Amazing weather, sunny, windy & 65F at the stream. Gas prices $1:80/gal. Never thought we'd see that again.Turned out there were 4 of us on the stream (inc. Barry Rogstad and Chuck Busick). Water clear and a little high, making it more of the day of the nymph. Overall, stream clean and in great shape. Few rises, and limited catches - considering 4 fishermen - suggesting stream is ready for a more extensive stocking. A barely subsonic beautifully colored belted kingfisher flew past me at close range, with its distinctive rattle. Noticed mink tracks near the Alder pool, which is were I've seen mink previously. Favorite food for mink? You've guessed it - trout! At the end of the day, relaxed our aching limbs sitting on the deck, quaffing a fine NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, plus variety of cheeses. A great day to be alive.

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Name: edward Hull

Email: Edwardhull@aol.com

Submitted At: 02/26/16 08:05PM

February 26, 2016 100 fish went in yesterday upstream from Nutshell. The water was high and milky but not muddy. The steady soft rain combined with the snow melt had the water level up 18" or so. 75 big browns and 25 rainbows are there waiting for you so go get them.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 01/04/16 05:21PM

January 31, 2015 Members might be interested in a serious issue regarding aquatic pollution raised by us fishermen & women when discussing the impact of endocrine disrupters on aquatic life - esp. fish and amphibians in many of the major rivers in the U.S. This is becoming a serious, but still under-reported issue that requires urgent action (see today's article in the Washington Post, as an example of the pervasiveness in this region). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/12/30/these-fish-started-life-as-boys-now-scientists-arent-sure-what-sex-they-are/ My observation is that water scientists are pretty sure of the "usual suspects" - even if the exact causal agents have yet to be publicly identified. According to press reports and scientific papers, these probably include HRT & birth control drugs, certain herbicides such as Atrazine and Roundup, selenium from coal power plants, PCBs, and other estrogen mimicking agents.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 12/16/15 09:49PM

December 14, 2015 Ken and I escaped Washington's hum-drum for a day's fishing. Temp was a balmy 64F, with gas prices at $2.05/g - not bad, and still falling. No one on the stream, and good gin-clear water flow, with small brown flies in evidence. Our hopes rocketed on arrival seeing a hefty rise in the nutshell pool. We had a great day's fishing catching four brown trout and three rainbows (Ken's 5 to my 2), all in good condition. Small nymphs seemed to be the clear favorites. Had a lengthy tussle with a jumping rainbow in the current, after casting from behind the large boulder at the head of the nutshell pool. Thought I was snagged on a rock - until it started moving. Landing the frisky rainbow trout was quite another matter, involving attempting the 'Balanchinesque splits' trying to circumnavigate said boulder without taking a header into the stream or damaging my undercarriage! Delicate green foliage was emerging under the leaves way too early, and squirrels had done a pretty good job burying walnuts which were previously scattered copiously near the nutshell. Had a beer and one of Sheetz's gourmet (ha) sandwiches on the deck. A day to remember.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 11/01/15 10:05PM

October 30, 2015 Ken and I escaped to the stream for an afternoon's fishing. Temp 53F, and water temp perhaps a little higher. Evidence of a heavy rain the day before, with waterways slicing through the leaves on the path to the Alder Pool. However, water level had dropped, and the stream was clear and in fine condition. Obligatory stop at Sheetz Gourmet for sandwiches (though Earl of Sandwich wouldn't have recognized them as such). Gas was $2.13/gal., hard to believe and long may it last. Fished for three hours, and between us caught 3 rainbows and one spirited beautifully colored brown, all around 12". Most leaves previously on the water had blown away or sunk, though that didn't stop us from frequent snags with weighted nymphs (bloody Congressional leech being particularly susceptible to snagging!). . Bumped into Max Reid, who joined us while sipping a well earned cold pinot grigio, foresters pate' and cheese. Fall colors were absolutely stunning. Life is good.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 10/13/15 09:26PM

Monday Oct. 12, Columbus Day. Ken Woodcock, Stuart Gerson, and I (plus Myron) were up at FC yesterday afternoon. Water was Gordon's gin clear and low. My catch for the day was two bass, one chub (first I've seen); and a plump crayfish. What seemed to be MIA were trout, other than a couple of rises in deepest pools - and a fall-colored rainbow of some merit that had been reputedly caught consecutively by multiple anglers. So, this is a long winded way of saying we need another stocking. Suggest deeper pools first, followed by more distributed stocking once we have more consistent rain. Otherwise, the stream appears in pretty good nick, other than a tree partially cut at the bottom of the Alder pool, and some tree obstruction getting down to the Swinging Bridge pool. Our thanks go to Michael Brittin & John Irving, for doing some major chain-sawing to clear the stream during summer. Gorgeous fall weather, with leaves starting to drop. Jays were screeching, otherwise not much animal life visible. Walnuts were underfoot everywhere, harbinger of a cold winter?At the end of the day, we uncorked a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, and settled down to a variety of sharp aged cheddars on Triscuits. Pura Vida.

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Name: Chuck Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 09/25/15 08:52PM

Upon Arrive at the Nutshell a local resident greeted me. See photo. Being in a hurry I gave our footless friend a wide berth. It would not be until later that I realized that he had become a permanent fixture to the deck. Swarovski does not make crystal as clear as it was in the stream. Yes there are Trout in the Alder, Nutshell and the Swimming hole. They probably observed me unlocking the gate. As stealthy as I was I was unable to hook anything until the Swimming Hole. I hooked a beautiful 13-inch Rainbow. He did a beautiful tail dance for me and displayed beautiful fall color. I am not sure what we need more of, water or trout but nonetheless it was great fishing day.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 05/08/15 02:26PM

May 7, 2015 What an afternoon. Stopped off at Sheetz to refuel @ $2.65/g, and for a couple of their gourmet sandwiches - abruptly reversing my Mediterranean diet. Water low, and ambient temp ~72F. Both of us caught feisty rainbows and brook trout, mainly on small Prince-like droppers. I was broken in the Swimming Hole - so would appreciate the return of my #14 prince nymph, by whomsoever catches that whopper! Quite a few rises and small swarms of dancing brown flies visible. No one was around fortunately. Abundant wild flowers were out, esp. wild phlox, Virginia bluebells, and violets near the Nutshell. First of the swallowtails were out (zebra & tiger), plus numerous blues and dusty skippers. Saw what looked like a water ouzel (American dipper). This species, like other dippers, is equipped with an extra eyelid called a "nictitating membrane" that allows it to see underwater. Post fishing, relaxed at the Nutshell with a glass of cold Pinot Grigio and aged Cheddar. Gorgeous afternoon all round, and my first fishing outing post stoke April 13. Stephen.

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Name: Charles "Chuck" Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 04/14/15 12:30AM

April 10, 2015. Brown Trout in the Swimming Hole, a feisty Rainbow Trout in the swinging bridge hole (that’s what I call it), not a fish to be seen or caught in the Nutshell and Brookies in the Alder. What a day! It started out cool and cloudy but by 5 PM it cleared up. Bead Headed Copper Johns, size 16, seemed to be the favorite entrée, however a very discriminating Brookie took a size 16 Bead Headed Pheasant Tail and one of his colleagues attacked my orange strike indicator. Mickey Finns, Gray Ghosts, Prince Nymphs and Black Woolley Buggers were passed by without a thought. Perhaps the lack of fish in the Nutshell was because of the very large Bald Eagle I flushed from the deck of the Nutshell as I drove up. A second speculation could be associated to a small jar of “power bait” on the bannister, probably found by a fellow Friends Creek Angler. As I departed the property, just past the gate, I noticed a raise in the flat water, a favorite hole of David Luthringer back in the day, that parallel’s the road; the downed tree trunks prove great cover. I’ll be visiting that rise on my next trip to the creek, and you should too.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 04/06/15 12:37AM

April 1, 2015. Ken Woodcock and I were on the stream by 2PM. Temperature was in the fifties, and water clear, but lower than our previous visit. Met up with Barry Rogstad, who reported some good fishing, particularly brook trout in the Alder Pool. There were a number of rises to small white flies in the Alder Pool, and I caught a beautifully colored 13" brookie there on a #12 'bloody Congressional leech,' along with a few rainbow trout in the swimming hole. Lovely day to be out and about. A few signs of spring were (barely) visible, such as some emerging trillium leaves, and there was still snow behind the barn. The three of us compared fishing exploits on the nutshell deck, over a glass of champagne and smoked salmon. All in all, not a bad way to end the day. Stephen.

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Name: Myron Randall

Email: Myron@newspost.com

Submitted At: 03/30/15 01:49PM

3/29/2015 - Walked the length of the association waters and the path is clear. Pennsylvania Brook Trout said hello from the Alder pool.

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Name: Stephen Day, Ken Woodcock & Stuart Gerson

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/24/15 03:20PM

March 23, 2015 Sunny day on the cool side (40F) - but made the right decision to get fishing. Water was Sapphire gin clear with strong flow, and pockets of snow still on northern exposures. The three of us (Ken Woodcock, Stuart Gerson and I) split up to give each other space at different pools. Signs of early spring were only just showing, with a few green shoots emerging under carpets of leaves. A pair of red-tailed hawks flew overhead, seen only after their shadows silently crossed us. All of us used a two fly cast, with a small Price or equivalent on the dropper. Stuart, who is a relatively new member, caught a brook trout in the swimming hole, and proudly announced he was no longer a virgin angler on our stream. Ken and I only caught two small trout, both upstream - and were surprised there wasn't more action, given the condition of the stream. We suggest another stocking is in order - particularly rainbows and browns. Finished off the early evening with a crisp cold Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, to wash down Atlantic smoked salmon, and cheese, on Triscuits. Gorgeous day to be alive and one with nature.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 12/31/14 02:31PM

December 27, 2014 John Irving and Michael Brittin did noble work removing a couple of fallen trees across FC - particularly the one at the head of the Nutshell pool. Based on their photo, water flow looks excellent - definitely time for a winter restocking, particularly with brown trout.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 12/19/14 08:34PM

December 17, 2014 Ken and I shot up to FC for a couple of hours afternoon fly fishing. Temperature a manageable 48F, and leaves had either sunk or blown off the stream. Water level near perfect, but winter stocking hadn't occurred yet. Caught a couple of 12-13" rainbows in superb condition. The first one caught was iridescent, with literally all colors of the rainbow and deep pink cheeks. Very spirited fighter with some half dozen vertical leaps. Both trout were caught on the Bloody Washington Leech (which a now deceased dear friend of mine, Dennis Fruwirth, described as, "Well, er, a total mess of a fly"). Otherwise, little action with no rises and no visible insect life. We concluded the stream definitely needs restocking with a majority of browns for winter. There are a few fallen trees that need removing - the most obvious being at the head end of the Nutshell pool. The next major obstacle is at the bottom end of the Alder pool, making it difficult to access the stream from the path. All in all, a wonderful escape, with a brief interlude munching on Sheetz best whole wheat chicken and ham rolls, while a palliated woodpecker called out from the woods.

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Name: Stephen Day, Ken Woodcock & Lynda Webster

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 10/08/14 03:32PM

Oct. 7, 2015 Weather fcs't threatened rain, but planned this trip to the stream some weeks ago. Lynda Webster, Ken Woodcock, and I arrived early afternoon, and bumped into Myron, his daughter and a family friend (successfully) fishing the Alder Pool. Water incredibly low - making fishing impossible except in the few deeper pools. I don't think I've seen the Swimming Hole as low. Light drizzle on and off, and few takes on a variety of succulent flies cast to most likely spots. Ended up catching a 12" rainbow on a Prince nymph suspended below a dry Irresistible, and Ken caught a brook trout on a nymph. A few trees have fallen. The bifurcated oak at the top of the nutshell pool looks manageable with a chain saw. Crayfish were still visible, plus a few dragonflies, and variety of small brown flies over the water. A palliated woodpecker was yacking and hammering away, wrens were scooting about, jays were calling, and large walnuts and acorns were on the ground with leaves dropping - all signs of autumn. At about 6:30PM, with light failing and rain descending, we dived into the nutshell for a spectacular dinner. Lynda brought a fine meaty chili, and a delicious apple pie with crusty pastry - both served hot. These were accompanied by various cheeses, a smoked trout on Triscuits, washed down with a decent bottle of champagne, and NZ sauvignon blanc. Not a bad life - far from the madding crowd. Stephen.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/13/14 08:30PM

August 10, 2014 Ah, the dog days of August. Arrived with a small contingent of nephews from England (9, 11, & 13), plus brother in law Martin, for a fly fishing demo and crayfish spotting. Water, as expected, warm, low and clear. John & Jean Lange arrived soon after our arrival, and wisely headed downstream for the Alder Pool. Crayfish catching proved more fun and successful - and the proceeds (~15) are now in my Brit's version of a Louisiana Gumbo. Caught a full colored 11" brook tout on an ersatz #10 'Congressional Leech,' in the swimming hole, which put up a good splashy fight. Stopped at Scenic Farms for an obligatory delightful chat with Bonnie, and stock up on fresh vegetables - esp. corn. Of note, is a large tree that fell across the top end of the Nutshell pool. This provides excellent cover to half a dozen trout we spotted - but has made it virtually impossible to fish the top end, so need plans to remove.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/04/14 01:12PM

July 26, 2014 Just for the record, dropped by FC on our way up to Blue Ridge Summit to stay with friends for the night. Fished the swimming hole for about half an hour, and hooked four smallish rainbows and a brook trout on nymphs, while Sara read the NYT in the jeep. I wasn't aware we stocked small (~11") rainbows, and assumed they might have come down from MD stream stocking. Water was low and warm, typical for late July - and was pleasantly surprised to find so much activity. There was significant evidence of erosion on the lane above and alongside the swinging bridge pool area - due to previous heavy rains. SD

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 06/08/14 04:07PM

Friday June 6, 2014. After a few false starts, finally settled on an afternoon to fish with Ken Woodcock, Gay Barclay, and my guest Lizzie Schueler. Gorgeous afternoon in the mid to upper seventies, but water low and clear. It seems the last big storm breached the banks and deposited a large number of trout in the Alder Pool, including many 10-12" rainbows (one of them golden) presumably washed down from the last MD State stocking above the bridge. Successful fishing all round. Ken caught something like seven rainbows, and Lizzie caught a couple also in the Alder Pool. Gay had to leave early for an event, and I caught the largest trout since joining FC back in 1984 - a genuine 18" spirited brown in the swimming hole, that took ten minutes to land, that went for my rather shagged-out Bloody Washington Leech, which am thinking of renaming The Congressional Leech (TCL). There were fly on the water, and I picked up a large wood turtle with reddish legs, an inquisitive head that kept popping out while being held, and was amazed at the speed of its exit after putting it back in the thicket. No poachers visible - that includes herons! Myron Randall arrived late afternoon for the w/e, and we asked if he would join us for dinner on the Nutshell deck. It wasn't long before we cracked a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, plus a rather nice Chardonnay - both complementing a jumbo shrimp cocktail, filet mignon slivers with sauces, various delicious cheeses with baguettes, and some outstanding freshly picked strawberries from Scenic Farms that Myron brought. Not a bad evening all round. Stephen.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 05/19/14 12:39PM

May 15, 2014 Ken Woodcock and I darted up to FC hoping to arrive before the predicted deluge. Arrived about 3:30PM; assembled our gear; walked some ten paces - and the rains came. However, we both has some fabulous fishing for a couple of hours, before the stream became a raging torrent. I hooked a splendid 16" rainbow in the Lower Ford Pool on a #16 nymph. My reel was singing, and the trout must have jumped half a dozen times. Ken caught a 15" rainbow in the Swimming Hole, and both of us caught smaller trout, mainly on nymphs in the rapidly rising water. Saw a large box turtle in the thickets close to the Nutshell. Wild phlox and white violets were out, and the damp smell of the woods was intoxicating. The rain, thunder, and lightening didn't let up, so at around 6PM we retreated into the Nutshell to dry out; opened a bottle of bubbly and set to on smoked salmon, Triscuits, and various cheeses. Not a bad life! Stephen.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 05/19/14 12:15PM

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 05/12/14 07:32PM

Friday, May 9, 2014 Darted up to the stream for a couple of hours afternoon's fishing - just in time to see a very powerful and moving play in DC that evening called "The Admission," on the Israeli/Palestinian debacle. Fine day, with a beautifully cleaned up stream, post Dam Day. Tiger and zebra swallowtails were out, and red bud was at full chat. Water level was still high, but dropping, with ambient temps in the seventies. Afternoon started badly, when an invigorated 15" rainbow took me on a wild run in the swimming hole. After a splendid fight, with aerial acrobatics, the trout made a final lunge to the nearside bank where one of the few submerged branches we didn't remove at Dam Day, was protruding. I'm guessing this was a regular routine for the trout, and In no time my cast was wrapped round the branch and the fish long gone. It took me a good half hour on hands and knees, swearing profusely, to retrieve my cast and flies - which I was damned if I was going to lose to a cunning trout. Caught another couple of rainbows on nymphs, but oddly nothing in the Alder pool, and no visible rises. No herons on the stream, but disturbed a broad-winged hawk on the ground as I departed. Stephen.

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Name: Bart West

Email: Hbw@hbwestusa.com

Submitted At: 04/22/14 01:52PM

I no longer hate fishing in the rain.

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Name: Stephen Day, Ken Woodcock & Lynda Webster

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 04/16/14 08:25PM

April 14, 2014 The three of us had planned a fishing trip for some time, but events conspired.... So, Monday finally worked out, and we were at the stream by 3:30PM. As we drove in we passed Barry Rogstad deftly fishing the swimming hole, with Ron king by his ATV avidly watching. We fished until ~6PM in almost ideal conditions. Water was a fraction low and slightly turbid. Ambient temperature was in the low seventies. In spite of the warmth, the red bud hadn't flowered yet, but blood root with its white flowers was in full bloom. Collectively, we all had some superb fishing. Lynda Webster caught a particularly large brown trout downstream, and between us we probably caught over a dozen browns and rainbows. I was delighted when a 16" rainbow mistook my self-tied shaggy Washington Bloody Leech for a meal, in lieu of the professionally tied Prince nymph on the dropper. Little wild life visible, but I noticed a recently deceased raccoon under the side of the barn. After the final cast, we had a splendid meal of brine soaked spiced chicken that Lynda prepared exquisitely on the nutshell stove with sauteed potatoes, paired with a delicious smoked rainbow trout, various types of humus, corn bread, etc., all washed down with a bottle of Fume Blanc and Chardonnay. The meal wouldn't have been the same without a small vase of daffs on the nutshell deck table. Am reminded of the quote by Peter Matthiessen, who died recently: "We are beset by both the future and the past, and there is no reality apart from the here and now.” Amen to that. Stephen.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/30/14 07:07PM

March 28, 2014 This is a test to see if uploading photo works. I had a minor wardrobe malfunction with some U.K. mail-order waders!

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/29/14 07:34PM

March 28, 2014 Finally warmed up again, after yet another snowstorm. Intermittent rain predicted, which conveniently ceased on arrival at FC. Ambient temperature 45, and water clear and considerably colder (noticed when a major seam burst in my right wader). Both of us got into some large trout (brown and rainbow for Ken, and two rainbows my end). I caught a 16.5" fish which led me on numerous runs and jumps, and after a number of attempts managed to wind itself round some dangling tree shoots in the swimming hole.Not to be outdone, I engaged in hand to fish mortal combat, with yet another boot-full of icy water and line and rod festooning an alder bush, to net the struggling trout - which was caught on a #24 Prince nymph. Some small patches of snow still evident on north facing banks, and little evidence of spring yet, though there were a few brown flies on the water, and Ken noticed one rise. There was a flock of five or so (nesting?) mergansers in the alder pool, with most perched on a large low tree limb. A beautiful white and dark drake flew up river on our arrival. Favorite food of mergansers? You guessed it - trout. In all, a wonderful day on the water, with a cold beer and crisps on the nutshell bench before departing.

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Name: Chuck Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 03/19/14 09:25PM

March 15, 2014. I dashed up to the creek to wet a line before the next snowfall that hit the creek Sunday night/Monday morning. I ran into Max Reid and his friend Laura. Max was masterful on the stream between the swimming hole and the nutshell and he was fishing from the bank without waders. I think we should re-name the swimming hole the hog hole. It seems Ed only put big ole fat rainbows in the swimming hole. Each one I caught got bigger and bigger. The alder produced nice browns. They were taking small droppers. Saw a couple of what appeared from a distance to be March Browns. One brown trout in the Alder got me excited when he grabbed something on the surface. I resisted and did not go dry. I saw the biggest bald eagle I have ever seen in the wild on the creek and I have seen lots of eagles when fishing in Washington State.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 03/12/14 03:22PM

March 11, 2014 Ken Woodcock and I decided to dart up to FC for a quick spot of fishing, and inspect the stream. We were delayed on I-270 near Montrose Rd. with both lanes closed for over half an hour. There must have been thirty plus police vehicles, a helicopter, and a police sniffer dog vehicle that shot by on the emergency lane. All was explained when we saw three people in handcuffs (that had robbed a bank in Rockville at gun point) being led into a security vehicle. After that encounter it was on to Zen fly fishing. Ambient temp was 58F, and water temp significantly lower - anecdotally observed due to a serious leak in my left wader. Water was reasonably high, and slightly turbid, and the stream seems to be in excellent shape. Observed a lone water boatman in the swimming hole, and a few emerging flies, plus an obese (BWI) great blue heron that trundled off down stream. Caught a feisty rainbow, and beautifully colored brown with crimson cheeks (from last year's stocking) - both 14", and both caught on my dropper #14 nymph. We were expecting a bit more action post stocking, but the utter tranquility and snow edged banks more than made up for everything. Glorious to be on the stream for first time this year. Stephen.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday@aol.com

Submitted At: 12/08/13 05:47PM

December 7, 2013 Cold day (35F) after considerable rain yesterday. Nevertheless, Ken Woodcock and I decided to dart up to the stream to inspect the water and cast a fly. After a brief stop at Sheetz to refuel ($3.32/gallon) and grab a couple of their haute cuisine epicurean sandwiches, we drove into the property, to find the stream in full spate, In fact, there was an impressive junior stream coursing along the path above the creek, as we wandered down to the alder pool. We spent about three hours on the stream in pretty tough fishing conditions, with absolutely no luck. Ken thought he saw one rise, but it might have been a frozen robin falling into the stream! However, it was heart warming to be out in the woods, even if our extremities were numb.

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Name: Myron Randall

Email: Mwrandall@newspost.com

Submitted At: 11/23/13 10:54PM

November 23, 2013 This ten inch or so youth was surface feeding on something at the swimming hole. He eventually went for an adams parachute which is in the picture but may not show up well. When I first arrived, something was flying above the tree tops. Two bald eagles headed upstream. Did not see them for the rest of the day.

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Name: Myron Randall

Email: Mwrandall@newspost.com

Submitted At: 11/23/13 10:46PM

More wildlife from the trail camera. Oh, deer!

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Name: Myron Randall

Email: Mwrandall@newspost.com

Submitted At: 11/23/13 10:44PM

While checking the septic system at the farm house, this black widow was found. Have not seen any other places, but I guess we should all be aware.

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Name: Myron Randall

Email: Mwrandall@newspost.com

Submitted At: 11/23/13 10:40PM

Some wild life (or wild living?) captured by the trail camera, 16 Nov. 2013

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday@aol.com

Submitted At: 11/17/13 05:37PM

November 14, 2013 Washington politics got the better of me this week, so decided to dart up to the stream for a spiritual retreat. Water Sapphire gin clear and low. Ambient temp in the fifties with a milky sky. Leaves down, making waking a little hazardous down to the Alder Pool over hidden stones (getting worse with age!). Caught a couple of spirited rainbow trout on a #14 Prince nymph. The smaller of the two had some of the characteristics of a brook trout on its belly, suggesting some picine hanky-panky! Saw no rises, and very few fish - though abundant brown flies were visible, including a swarm of midges that seemed mightily attracted to my nose. All in all, a gorgeous day, which included a mandatory stop at the Scenic Farm Store, to pick up fresh antibiotic-free eggs, vegetables, and crisp honeydew apples. The store is open until late November, with intermittent openings during the holiday season.

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Name: Chuck Busick

Email: Chuck.busick@comcast.net

Submitted At: 10/20/13 02:47PM

Greetings fellow Fly Fisher persons. I fished the creek on Fridays Oct 18. A day much like Stephen Day described in his note of October 14. The water was very clear and the Blue Heron needs to get on Weight Watchers. The best fishing was just about 5:30 PM just after the sun was off the water. There were rises in the Alder pool and I caught one nice rainbow on a #14 Brassie. It was slow and one had to use a great deal of stealth. I passed up the Nutshell as the water was so clear the trout probably saw me drive up and park the Land Rover. Very quiet on the swimming hole. My fishing partner, the Blue Heron, had been there previously. He moved downstream and posted himself on one of the large fallen trees to keep an eye on me and “his” fishing hole. Walking back to the Land Rover I realized the rapid change in temperature, recognizing Fall was here and I wondered why I had not brought my fleece vest for the drive home.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 10/15/13 03:28PM

October 14, 2013 Columbus Day, sequestration, and a Govt. shut-down coincided to coax Ken Woodcock and me up to FC for an afternoon's fishing. We presumed many FC members would be on the water - but there wasn't a soul around, including poachers (though excluding a rather plump heron that took off on our arrival). Water level was surprisingly fishable after all the ~7" of rain we had last week. Temperature was a pleasant 64F. Dragonflies were still on the prowl with low level aerobatics, and many crayfish visible - and for a first, I almost trod on a large rather active mating pair in the alder pool. Walnuts as big as large golf balls were strewn along the path and the Nutshell deck, and still dropping. We had reasonable luck using nymphs. Ken caught 2 rainbows and a healthy looking brown trout, and I caught a 12" rainbow and lost two larger fish in the swimming hole, one of which went off like an express train. There were occasional brown flies on the water, but few rises. Autumn colors now evident, with many sycamore leaves down. All in all, a delightful interlude, topped off by an Argentinian Chardonnay and NY sharp cheddar on the deck, before heading back to the dismal economic swamp.

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Name: Howard Stinefelt

Email: Howard.stinefelt@gmail.com

Submitted At: 10/09/13 03:27PM

October 8, 2013 Myron and others - About 10-15 years ago Friends Creek was loaded with smallmouth bass up to 14". Every pool of size from the white church down to Toms Creek held a couple of nice smbass. The long pool that parallels our driveway just below the Hornets Nest low-water bridge held up to 6-8 nice-sized catchable bass. But then the bass in the Creek lost 4 to 5 consecutive spawns due to spring flooding that occurred at just the wrong time. The fresh hatched bass fry were washed completely out of the creek. No reproduction = no adults 3-4 years later. I noticed this spring that the smbass were starting to come back. We'll see what the next few years brings us. Howard Stinefelt

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Name: Gerorge Beatty

Email: Gw-nb-beatty@msn.com

Submitted At: 09/03/13 02:04AM

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/16/13 08:04PM

Unusual sunny somewhat cloudy day in the low/mid seventies - this is August after all! Water incredibly low, in spite of a recent storm, with only a few pools fishable. Yes, there are trout around, and witnessed two explosive jumps by large rainbows leaping after small brown flies. I should have been "dapping" rather than using an "Irresistible" dry fly, with #16 Prince nymph trailing below. Saw a ~13" golden trout in the swimming hole. If my memory serves me, Myron caught a golden trout in the same pool a few years ago. Since we don't stock golden trout, I'm not sure where it (they) came from, since I don't think MD stocks them either. Masses of butterflies out, esp. tiger, spice-bush, and pipe-vine swallowtails, plus some green iridescent single-wing dragonflies. No sign of anyone, other than a spinning line dangling from a tree in the alder pond. Post fishing, settled down to a cold Stellar with Danish cheese and Triscuits on the Deck, taking in the wonderful colors and sounds. Reminded me of some of those classic Stellar ads!

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/16/13 08:02PM

June 3, 2013 Weather fcs't dire, with thunder storms predicted - which turned out to be thankfully MIA. Beautiful afternoon and evening in the sixties, with no humidity, and low slightly turbid water. Up here with Gay Barclay, Whitney Stewart, Ken Woodcock for our annual Zen fly fishing and gourmet fest. We caught several large rainbows, three of which were 16" fish, plus one brown trout. In spite of a few rises, all trout were caught on various nymphs, from the professional haute couture Orvis Prince, to the highly improvised shaggy Washington Bloody Leech. No 17 year cicadas yet, but a good crop of crayfish are on their way. Saw a golden trout in the Alder pool, and no evidence of poachers or paint ball victims. Dinner on the deck commenced with a cold Veuve Clicquot champagne to wash down a delicious smoked salmon pate on Triscuits. From there we progressed to smoked rainbow trout, and mouth- watering asparagus and cheese 'fingerlings' wrapped in a delicate pastry. A bottle of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio went exquisitely well with cold chicken delicately cooked in wine with various herbs, rounded off with local strawberries and other fruits sozzled in Cointreau - followed by a dark Belgian chocolate called Blondeel that Gay picked up in Belgium. All in all, a transforming evening, putting our respective worlds right; forgetting Washington; and living for the moment.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/16/13 08:02PM

May 8, 2013 Weather fcs't was thunder storms PM, but we decided to go anyway. Also, I'd done in my Achilles tendon the previous week returning a vicious backhand (tennis!), so wasn't sure how my heel would hold up. As it turned out, we dodged the storm, and had gorgeous weather until well on our way back to DC. Based on water flow in the streams on our way to FC, we expected a slight increase in flow, and were surprised to see the FC stream at full spate and very turbid. Nymphs seemed to be the order of the day, and they certainly did the trick. Both of us caught some splendid browns and rainbows (inc. a 15" brown for Ken, and a 16" fat rainbow I caught in the Swimming Hole on a solo #12 Bloody Washington Leech). What a day! We did the usual of resting up (collapsing) on the Nutshell deck at the day's end, with a rather fine 2012 Mendoza Argentinian Chardonnay. Light blue phlox were out in profusion around the Nutshell, and red bud and dogwood were dropping petals, as spring advance towards early summer. No poachers sighted, inc. herons, mink, DC lawyers, etc., and everything was spic and span after our Dan Day gathering the previous Sunday.

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/16/13 08:01PM

April 16, 2013 Up for the afternoon with guest Jim Lloyd (who didn't fish) and Ken Woodcock. Bumped into Lawrence Camp and daughter who were fishing in the nutshell pool and upstream. Gorgeous day in the low seventies and water was rather turbid and low, exposing rocks that had a bleached look from runoff? Fishing was terrific, and I guess Ken and I each caught some six feisty large trout - mainly rainbows with their hallmark pirouettes in the air. I

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Name: Stephen Day & Ken Woodcock

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/16/13 08:00PM

April 3, 2013 Bright, cold (40F) with scattered clouds. Water Gordon's Gin clear, and lower than a week ago when we were last here. Fishing was exhilarating, after our regular haute cuisine sandwiches from Sheetz (to save time and get on the water PDQ early afternoon). I caught two browns and four rainbows (one 16"). The rainbows went airborne, and the two larger fish had my reel singing. Ken also caught a 15-16" rainbow and a number of brook trout in the Alder Pool. Both of us were using a two fly combo with a small #14 nymph as the dropper. Glad to report that my Bloody Washington Leech (described as a total mess by a fellow, now deceased, club member) held up well against the slicker professionally tied Prince! We ended the afternoon on the deck with a 2008 Marlborough (NZ) Sauvignon Blanc, and a deliciously ripe brie with cheese biscuits. Oh, the good life! Signs of spring were visible with trout lilies poking up through last year's leaves, and pointed blue-eyed grass flowering near the nutshell. Snowdrops were still in full bloom near the path up above the Alder Pool. Not much animal life visible other than a rattling belted kingfisher, a little dipper (water ousel), a palliated woodpecker, and an Eastern Kingbird perched on the telephone wire. Many of last year's cray fish skeletons were littered on the bottom of the stream making for good nutrient. All in all, a great day to be alive.

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Name: Stephen Day

Email: Ssday1@aol.com

Submitted At: 08/16/13 07:58PM

January 9, 2013. First fishing trip to FC of the New Year! Temperature was meant to be in the 50ies, but we arrived to find snow on the frozen ground, and ambient temp. in the high thirties. As we drove over the small bridge we guessed no club members would have ventured out - only to find the gate unlocked and Bart West and companion settling down in the nutshell for a Maine lobster chowder soup with Champagne - certainly our style of cuisine! Water was clear and good volume, though we noticed a fair amount of gravel (cob?) deposited in the nutshell and other pools. Caught a feisty 12 rainbow trout in the alder pool and a 14 beautifully conditioned hen rainbow in the swimming hole - both on the deadly small Prince nymph (having lost my Washington Bloody Leech in the trees!). Ken had a great time also, but no strikes. From the nutshell deck, we noticed half a dozen small birds at the water's edge that had bright blue backs. Too small for blue birds, buntings, etc., and not slate colored juncos which were also around near the alder pool - so a mystery to identify. On return to DC, I searched through my bird books and the only thing coming close was the northern parula, a type of warbler that should be in the Caribbean this time of year. Our nemesis, the great blue heron, appearing grossly overfed, was very much in evidence. There is a tree down across the alder pool, but it didn't pose any problems re fishing. Gorgeous day to be on the stream, and glad we decided to take the break.

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