Stonefly's Fishing Adventures: Nymph LbNA # 31843
If searching for this box please remember that this is not located on a marked trail. Any trail that is associated with finding this box is used by fishermen to access stream/fishing waters. Appropriate clothing should be worn. If you choose to fish in addition to finding this box please note all Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations as to special regulation fishing. If there happen to be fishermen fishing, please be respectful and avoid disrupting their fishing by throwing rocks or creating a lot of noise.
As my brother and I came of driving age, having gotten into fly fishing, we found ourselves being called to this renowned stream. Our grandparents lived close by so it was nice to stop over for a visit and a meal as this was a bit of a drive for us. The size of the trout, the clear water of the stream and the surrounding mountains were just too much to pass up. We never had much luck catching any fish here…except that one time. We were standing in the stream in a long pool. My brother had let his line out while we were talking. After a few minutes had tried to pull his line in, it had floated down into some rapids. It appeared to have gotten stuck. After pulling a few times the line shot off into the pool below the rapids. He landed the trout and turned out to be about a 20” rainbow. As teenagers that is all we ever managed.
I have the immense good fortune of having grown up with, and being a personal friend of, a world-renowned fly tier and fly fisherman. He guides people on fishing trips to the spring creeks of central Pennsylvania. In addition to tying flies for retail sales he is also a perfectionist for art quality wet and salmon flies. A lot of his flies have been photographed and published. Some of his work can be seen at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport. Upon returning home from college and really enjoying fly fishing I was asked by this friend if I would like to go along with him to scout out a section of stream.
On this particular evening we were joined by 2 of his fishing buddies. A lively trio, they seemed to enjoy ribbing each other as much as they did fishing. I had explained to them the number of times that my brother and I had been to this stream and never had any luck. “Boy, are you in for a treat!” was the general consensus. Up until this point I had been primarily fly fishing using dry flies -- where the fly pattern floats on the surface of the water. The technique that I was shown this evening was referred to as nymph fishing. You take a nymph pattern, place a split shot (small lead ball or sinker) about a foot or so up the line and then put on a strike indicator on the line. The strike indicator should be placed 1½ times up the line as the depth of the water. The trick is to use the barrel cast. In one flowing motion you bring your fly rod up to a vertical position with one hand while pulling line down with the other. You then “roll” your nymph up stream with your line creating a barrel motion. As your line floats down stream, make sure you don’t have a lot of slack in your line. Any hesitation in your strike indicator requires an immediate set of the hook. The results were…well, incredible. That evening I was able to land 12+ trout. And over the years this technique has served me very well.
In order for you to obtain a chance at finding the Nymph letterbox you will have had to follow some of my adventures. You will need the following information from the following boxes.
Stonefly’s Fishing Adventures: Hip Boots: Number of miles the boys walked =
Stonefly’s Fishing Adventures: Lighting: Number of points on the lighting bolt =
Stonefly’s Fishing Adventures: Green Weenie: Number of ribs/segments on the Green Weenie =
Stonefly’s Fishing Adventures: Rose Valley: Number of intersecting trails =
Stonefly’s Fishing Adventures: Early Mornings: Number of fishermen on stamped image =
This box is located near a facility that is important to trout fishermen. It is located in a town that shares part of the last name of the lead singer of Aerosmith. On the west side of the facility is a parking lot designated for fishermen. From the sign “No Vehicles Beyond This Point”, start walking on the road towards the creek. At the bend in the road you will see 2 paths that go down over the bank on your left. At the base of hill there will be a plaque and sign. From the sign take a heading of ((Lighting X Rose Valley)² + (Lighting X Rose Valley))° to a large split pine. From the pine travel (Lighting + Early Mornings) steps at ((Hip Boots X Lighting) X Green Weenie)°. Box is on south side of tree. Depending which way you travel to this facility you may pass Big Brother.
Hand carved stamp, recommended color: brown
***Please use discretion, snap lid tightly and replace securely. Box contains stamp and log; BYO ink and pen. A pace is two steps (left footfall, right footfall = one pace). We appreciate your comments regarding the condition of the box and its contents.***