FredStoss wrote:There are 20+ inch fish in Spring Creek. They are DIFFICULT to catch, but if/when you do... HOLD ON. I think I have netted and released a FEW, but have caught a good number of 14"-18" fish over the years. Several years ago the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation changed regulations for this stream: NO KILL from October 1st to April 1st. I noticed positive results almost immediately. Many anglers practice catch-and-release, which is great to see.
I began fishing this stream in 1972 with a few flies and tips from Carl D. Coleman. I still get a few flies and tips from Carl 40 years later!
May and June are my favorite times on this stream and I actually prefer it over Oatka Creek, into which Spring Creek flows. The stream has CHANGED a lot in the past 40 years, and I am proud to have been part of a team of Seth Green TU Members that proposed and built a stream protection strategy between the stream and the pathway upstream from the NYS Fish Hatchery in 1990. It worked in many ways to protect the stream and to establish some positive relationships between the NYSDEC and anglers. It was a good win-win scenario.
SgtMajUSMC wrote: Even more difficult to night fish with big flies, due to the amount of aquatic weed growth.
catskilljohn wrote:SgtMajUSMC wrote: Even more difficult to night fish with big flies, due to the amount of aquatic weed growth.
I always wondered about this exact thing. Without the "cleansing " our freestones get, would they eventually get choked like farm ponds sometimes do? I dont mind getting hung up on rocks, but river grasses are a pain CJ
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