My trip to Kettle Creek
Got back from Ole Bull/Kettle yesterday evening (5/15). Five days in Gods country. Left wishing I had planned a longer stay.
Stream level was perfect. Never know what you're gonna find in that respect. Just enough color to the water to make fishing nice.
Caught a few, but not a ton. That's nothing new for me. Guys were hookin' em on live bait. I'm a nymph fisherman. Best success on pheasant tails, hares ears, even small black stone flies. (Nothing secret or spectacular there) Late for stones, but the pellet heads liked 'em. Fished behind Ole Bull Monday. Practically had the stream to ourselves. Didn't see as many fish as I expected though, as they stocked on 5/8.
Fished the improved pools along the highway just below the FFO project on Tuesday. Spotted more fish there. Had the place to ourselves in the morning. Had a blast in those deep pools with a white bugger, followed be a nymph and/or midge. Bugger worked like a deep water strike indicator. Great fun.
Fished at the mouth of Little Cross Creek and the riffles below on Wednesday. Best success there. I like fishing riffles. Kettle is broad and shallow enough there that you can wade the center of the creek and cast to all areas as you wade down stream. Probably wouldn't have selected that area to fish, but we saw the white truck there on Tuesday. I'd go back there again.
Fished the improved pools and riffles below Cross Creek at Deb's old location. First time fishing there. Very nice area.
Didn't get to the FFO project. Plenty of other spots holding lots of fish. Besides, one of our bunch was fishing w/ bait.
Had dinner at the Manor Hotel over in Slate Run Wednesday evening. (More then you needed/wanted to know) Anyway, dinner/service was very good. The Slate Run store/fly shop is still for sale. The proprietors there are very nice. It's a 16 mile trek from Ole Bull, but a beautiful drive that took us past Robinson Road/The Dyer Farm where my dad and uncles had their CCC cabin. They have done a lot of logging on top of the mountain since the last time I was up there, but fortunately the didn't clear cut. Doesn't look too bad. Actually saw a few deer too.
Didn't see much in the way of hatches, but I'm not that into the entomology. Did see a few fish come right out of the water for bugs when fishing behind the Ole Bull campground at dusk. The guy that was after them was using a tannish mayfly pattern.
Now for my rant. In the past I've seen the entrails of fish left in the creek after guys gut their catch. This year there were also heads, skeletons and skin flaps in the stream too, as someone filleted their catch there and left the remainder of the fish. What were they thinking? Leaving the carcass for the raccoons and birds of prey? Just careless/inconsiderate? What would you think if/when you came across this? Beautiful Kettle Creek is for all to share. I have the greatest respect for Kettle and all of the outdoors. I'm on my soapbox, I realize. And I hate to read nasty stuff on this and other forums. I'd be interested to read your opinions.
Anyway, we had a wonderful time bonding w/ buddies and enjoying beautiful Potter County. Can't wait to get back up there. But for now, it's time to gas up the Merc and chase those PI smallies. LOL to all.