flyguy writes "
On the week of 11/10/02 I stopped in at Flymart to see what was" biting" and was talking to John, (owner) about some choices on fishing in the next few days. He knows I love fishing the Big Manistee and some other local rivers and creeks but he suggested that I check out a place in PA. named Elk Creek. He made it pretty easy by giving me a detailed map. I was amazed to find out that this place is the same distance that I normally travel to get to Wellston, he also mentioned that because the weather had been pretty rainy the last few days that I might want to get there soon. That was good enough for me so I gather up 3 buddy"s and our gear and headed for Elk Creek.
Thursday was a perfect day, we followed the map and it paid off in 6 coho's in a matter of minutes! Ya know, I said to myself, "self" it doesn't get any better than this, WRONG, we quickly moved to the next available pool and all normalcy changed as I knew it. I've got to mention that this creek is quite different looking from the Michigan streams I'm used to fishing, its all limestone or slate and for the most part is quite shallow and narrow and not many dark holes. This pool was dark and not very large but I thought it might hold some fish so I shortened my leader and put on my favorite fly, peach crystal egg, and a #8 split shot and made a cast. when the fly hit the water the entire dark hole moved, it wasn't dark from being a deep hole, in fact the water wasn't that deep, but was full of steelhead! Now I've fished for many years and have caught large numbers of many species but when I say full I mean packed.I'm not going to mention numbers but four of us fished for the next couple of hours and each of us were amazed on the amount and the different fish we hooked, coho, browns,even a couple of stinky's (kings).
The following day we explored many areas and found fish every where we went. This river is unreal. One thing we learned, its best to fish it a couple days after rain becaused it snowed on Friday night, then rained most Saturday and by Sunday morning the river wasn't completely blown out but it was really muddy and the leafs were so bad that every other cast produced one. You know I stepped out of the creek around 9 am. and only hooked 5 steelhead and mentioned to my partner I thought we would have done better, we laughed and headed back to Michigan. I'd like to thank Flymart online for the best tip/trip ever .
Note: Thanks for the feedback flyguy! We love to hear from our readers. Sounds like you really had a wonder of a time. We are very pleased we helped you get into the zone. I spoke with other anglers whom did the same and had a great time. "