Put 600 miles on my car (coming from Chicago though) and probably 10 miles on my boots. Saturday I fished 3 of my usual streams, in Crawford county. Here is the results from Saturday.
Halls Branch I got completely skunked. Not even a strike. I saw very few fish in the water. Last year I didn't do well on it either despite loving it in 2011 and 2012. I'm crossing it off my list.
Elk Creek. I caught a couple of small browns on dries. It's a great stream but also had to share it with 3 other cars. I will continue to fish it, last year I had a blast on it. ??? I'm sorry but I have to keep my last stream a secret, it has been very good to me and I love fishing it. I only caught 2 browns on dries but still a blast to fish.
Weister Creek, Vernon County, very disappointed. Very hard to get access to it, after driving up and down a couple of times I finally parked and started walking. A lot of flat silty water, no fish sightings at all. I could have been in the wrong place but that was my personal observation.
Warner Branch, Vernon County, Some beautiful water with a lot of nice holes, unfortunately no fish or no fish sightings, once again I could have been in the wrong spot on the wrong day but that was my observation. The stream certainly holds potential.
The last stream.???? A new stream I took a chance on. This one I am going to keep a secret also. Fantastic stream, great holes, fun and easy to fish. The perfect fly fishing stream. Caught about 10 browns and brookies on dries between 6-13". Not another person on the stream either. Out of the 40+ streams I have fished in Vernon, Crawford and Richland county this one is now in my top 5.
As we know trout are fickle. I could go back next weekend and have the exact opposite results. My theory is this. If I pull up to a bridge and look down in a deep hole under the bridge and don't see fish, that is a bad sign. Too much flat silty water is another bad sign. Keep trying new streams, my favorite streams 5 years ago. (Camp Creek, fished to death) I don't even fish anymore.