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The Trout and the Frog

Another big day for fishing early April. Fortunately, I wore rain gear. Got to my hole early but soon someone else was standing near me with basically the same access. You know how it goes… However, the rain started about 10 minutes before the start time of 8:00. And it was a steady, straight-down kind […]


The challenge of ‘hunting’ for trout in small mountain streams is a sport that requires, “a very particular set of skills,” as quoted by Liam Neeson in the movie, Taken. The challenge of fighting off buzzing bugs swirling around your head that also dive into your eyes, making sure your forward progress is slow and […]


Pennsylvania Fish-for-Free Days Sunday, May 29, 2022 and Monday, July 4, 2022 Pennsylvania Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). Fish-for-Free Days are great ways for families to “catch” the fun […]

Another Cold Start to the 2022 Season!

The First Day of the 2022 season brought very cold temperatures in Huntingdon County PA. I got to my spot at about 7:00 am and stood in six inches of water waiting for the 8:00 launch time. I stood with hands in pockets for most of the time and it really didn’t seem too bad…at […]

So, How Cold Was It!?

Arriving on the stream in Huntingdon County PA April 3rd 2021 was not like other First Days of trout season. Not only did the season start two weeks early but it was 21 degrees Fahrenheit! The first several hours of fishing yielded not one bite. My spinners and bait made no impression on the trout. […]

The First Day of Fishing in PA is…When??

Guess we were all caught off guard with the announcement that the First Day was Tuesday April 7th! I was certainly not ready. Not close. Teaching online has taken up a good bit of time. Lots of things to rearrange and learn as we play our part in this Twilight Zone episode called, ‘Covid-19.’ As I waited […]

Stick in the Mud Product News

We have had many inquiries for the Stick in the Mud fish and rod holder from around the world, which is good news to be sure. So in order to expand the opportunities to purchase the Stick in the Mud, either one or several, we are now selling the fish and rod holder directly to […]

Second Day Became First Day!

Never had I seen the stream I visit on the First Day of trout season so swollen. It pounded down rain the night before so it was no surprise that the banks were overflowing. Just walking to the stream with a fractured left big toe was hard enough. The simple open-toed fabric shoe with two […]

Never Can Tell!

The 2018 season started out hot. What I mean by ‘hot’ has nothing to do with the amazing trout I caught. I’m actually referring to the temperature that was in the 80’s all day long! But the very next day, Sunday, the temperature dropped to the 40’s. Quite a change. Very short summer! Last year […]

Another Year. Another Derby!

The 33rd annual fishing derby took place in Port Matilda April 29th. It’s for kids under the age of 15. Lots of prizes were awarded with some being raffled off. And of course the Stick, once again, proved to be very popular. There were literally some massive trout pulled out of a stretch of Bald […]