“Riverside Revelations: Ben’s Journey at Dry Run Creek”

“Riverside Revelations: Ben’s Journey at Dry Run Creek”

This morning, I spent a few hours with Ben at Dry Run Creek. His father reached out to me after hearing about a previous trip I had taken with some other kids a couple of years back. Ben’s dad mentioned that he wasn’t much into fishing himself but wanted his son to learn the basics of the sport.

Unlike my previous visit a few years ago, the creek didn’t boast the same abundance of browns like it tends to do in the Fall.  In fact, recent visits have shown a decline in fish numbers compared to previous years. Nevertheless, Dry Run Creek remains a fantastic resource for igniting kids’ interest in fishing, both locally and beyond.

We scheduled our outing for a Sunday before they left town. However, the fishing conditions were slower than expected, probably due to the previous day’s activity. Thankfully, being close to a shop near Dry Run Creek means I often receive valuable insights from visiting parents and guides. So, I decided to introduce a few new Euro patterns based on recent successes shared at the shop. While some of these new patterns proved effective, we eventually reverted to my tried-and-tested favorites: yellow and peach miracle flies, white, peach, and chartreuse mega worms, as well as root beer and ruby midges.

As we presented flies to the fish, the rainbows eagerly darted around, while the brown remained indifferent.  I turned to Ben and said, “This is it. We’ve used this before, but stay prepared. If it even budges even an inch, we’ve got it.” And indeed, when the opportunity came, Ben engaged in a thrilling battle with the fish. Despite its attempts to seek refuge around a rock and then under shelf rocks, with a bit of guidance, we managed to keep it in open water. A failed attempt at netting only added to the excitement, but in the end, young Ben emerged victorious, marking yet another successful transformation of Dry Run Creek into a budding fly-fishing angler’s paradise!

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