If I had a blue sky budget I would live on a small to mid sized river, that should tell you how I feel about this subject. Of all types of fishing I love fishing moving fresh water the best. Rivers come in many sizes. I grew up fishing the St. John’s River in Jacksonville Florida. While I have many fond memories of it, that is not the type of river I most enjoy fishing. The St. Johns where I fished it was over a mile wide, the water was brackish, tides could easily drown a swimmer, etc. Rivers like that I see more akin to bays and pier and surf fishing.
In 1985 when I was just hitting my teens we moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Soon I wash fishing trout streams from little trickles you could walk across in 2-4 steps all the way up to the mighty Susquehanna north of Harrisburg.
Now the Susquehanna where we fished it was wide, like the St. John’s almost a mile wide but in some areas you could almost walk across it! By wading you could find all sorts of formations, it was almost like finding mini creeks in the rivers. This is the type of river and stream fishing I will be talking about today. Bodies of water you can fish from shore, wading or with small boats. Water that you can “read” and actually understand what going on below the surface by how the water moves.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- River, steam, brook, creek, crick, call it what you want it is all fun
- Choosing your gear for moving water
- Learning to “read” water
- Deep pools
- Fast moving deep water
- Cut outs and deep banks
- There is a lot more, you learn to just see it
- Some of my favorite species to fish moving water for and how I do it
- Trout of any and all kind
- Small Mouth Bass – my favorite
- Fresh Water Drum – yes I am serious
- White Bass – like a micro salmon run
- How to find spots and access points
- Float fishing with canoes, how to reach spots others never go to
- Small boats on slow deep swamp like rivers
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