Today was the prime
reason why they don't call it
catching. 12 months
ago we were asked if
we would make it a priority to catch a fish in every State. We quickly replied that we
may be crazy but
we aren’t stupid. I
know many of you
still aren’t convinced.
Anyway, we began
our journey with a quick dose of reality and humility.
#1 Fish Tally: Jeff
(0); Taylor (0).
Raising money for
charity is sure hard work, especially if it depends on catching fish.
Fortunately Brian Shumaker, our guide, helped by making a nice donation
to the cause.
For a year now
we’ve talked about how this trip was not
about the fish, but about relationship, experience, and adventure. We got all of that today. Brian met
us at the
River Front Campground in Duncannon, PA at 6:30AM. He was a bit concerned as
bass were just coming off of their spring spawn and in a bit of a lull. That combined with the
heavy early June rains
made the Susquehanna water pretty murky.
It was a beautiful day on the water
nonetheless as we fished hard from 7
AM to 11 AM. Brian
was a great guide and
even better company on the water.
brought his jet boat to help navigate the strong currents. He also provided us with
two great 8 weight
fly rods and a variety of poppers and Clouser minnow flies. We threw everything we had
at them including
our backs and shoulders. We
even tried a
few Mister Twisters from our spinning rigs before the morning was over. I mean really –
if you can’t catch a
smallmouth on a Mister Twister – then I say they just
aren’t biting. The
scenery near Duncannon was gorgeous with
lush green mountains all around us.
weather sure cooperated - 65 degrees, party cloud skies, and calm winds.
We broke camp at 11:47AM. Our next stop is 380 miles
to the New River in
tuned….the fishing show will have to wait until