One of my professors at Drexel described trying to grasp all the engineering fundamentals in our 10-week classes as "...like trying to drink from a firehose." That describes fly fishing in Pennsylvania in the month of May. Bugs are popping like crazy and fish are on the prowl for their next meal. If ever there was a sure thing in fly fishing, it's that if you can make it to the river this time of year, you're gonna have a good time. Finding the time to get a taste of it all is the hard part.
I've spent more time this year than any other searching for new water and running down the stories and tips I've heard about good wild fish around my area. In some cases it's paid off and in others, I've been left scratching my head wondering what I'm missing? One thing that's for sure is there is a lot of water I won't have to spend time dreaming and wondering about anymore.
|Wild Sulphur Eater|
|Stocked Sulphur Eater|
|Musky Dom after small stream wild trout. I guess now I need to catch a musky?|
The Event begins with a parade through the county where people from all around can greet the honored guests. They are then taken to the First Fork Lodge (First Fork of the Sinnemahoning) where they stay the next few nights. Over three days, they're introduced to fly casting and fly tying, and then they have the entire Trout Preserve at Big Moore's Run to match wits with huge brown and rainbow trout.
Every year, it astounds me how thankful these guys are. "You mean, you took vacation days from your job... to spend time with me... to teach me to fly fish?" In reality, it's us, the volunteers that have the honor of spending time with these heroes who risked so much to serve our country. A few hours spent giving back to these guys is so little in comparison to what they gave for all of us. It's because of these folks that we have the rights and freedoms we enjoy every day. It's truly been an honor to meet, fish with, and talk to multiple recipients of the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Award.
Trying to get enough good fishing in the month of May really is like trying to drink from a fire hose. The hard part is taking a minute, stepping back, and appreciating how good it really is. One thing for sure is there are no shortage of good days. I don't think the trout will notice when we flip the calendar page. Enjoy the best time of the year.