Lost art of creek fishing

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by hct236, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. Bugsy

    Bugsy Active Member

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    Holy cow. Stumbled across this obscure hidden corner of the site and just had to chime in. As a young kid, I didn't fit in with the jocks. I was raised in a fishing household. Dad and uncles and cousins ran bank poles and trot lines for cats. We got our minnows seining the local creeks. IN TOWN. I fished those creeks on a regular basis and knew all the holes. Creek chubs, stone rollers, greenies and suckers, bullheads, shiners with the occasional smallie and even northern pike. Picked crabs in a local small stream and when I had enough, mom would boil them up in salty dill water for dinner with fried catfish. Caught some creek chubs that most reading this wouldn't believe me if I told you how big. Also learned that creek chubs, no matter how big, taste like ass. Big fun and it kept me from hanging with the wrong crowd. This was back when fishing was not as popular as it is today. Back in the 60s, I watched Virgil Ward and Gadabout Gaddis. The only fishing shows on at that time. In my opinion, televised fishing shows ruined what was once a great fishery in this country. Times change for certain but, I will never forget those memories of my youth, creek fishing for those elusive small water monsters.
     
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  2. Damrod

    Damrod Active Member

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    What a fun topic.

    Just yesterday, as a matter of fact, I was on my way home and as I was driving along a nearby creek, I look over and there was a young fellow wading and fishing.

    The sky was getting dark and thunder was rolling and I thought to myself "I remember doing stuff like that".

    It made me want to do it again.

    I have no idea what is in the creek if anything. I would guess suckers and chubs and maybe some little bluegill or such. It's a warmwater creek so there wouldn't be any trout or anything.

    I might have to get motivated one day and give it a try myself.
     

  3. ALriverat

    ALriverat Active Member

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    An ultralight with some simple white curly tails or a crickhopper from Rebel will show you if there are fish in there in a hurry.
     
  4. Damrod

    Damrod Active Member

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    I drove passed that creek again today and it got me thinking again. It's really-really low right now so if I could find the deeper holes, might be entertaining. I have a few things I need to do this week and family coming in for the weekend...but the interest is def there.
     
  5. Doc-a-boo

    Doc-a-boo Active Member

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    My and my buddy used to float down the creek on inner tubes and stop at the deep holes and fish,,,great times.....
     
  6. WIcatter

    WIcatter Well-Known Member

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    I still like to get out now and then and do some micro fishing in a few local creeks. Shiners, horneyheads, minnows of several sorts, usually with my Keiryu rod or micro rod.
     
  7. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Walter Flack
    Here is a picture of a local creek spot that I fish occasionally. Im sure these folks are fishing for rainbow trout back then. 1890 Wheeling Creek.jpg
     
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  8. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    That's a great picture Walt.
     
  9. Doc-a-boo

    Doc-a-boo Active Member

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    Nice pic wolfman...
     
  10. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    I grew up creek fishing in Nebraska, bullheads were the target, then the blue river and channels and then in the summer it was wading the pawnee river with a container of night crawlers and catching channels in the holes, no weight just a crawler on a hook and toss into the current that dumps into the hole and we always caught enough to have a fish fry, GREAT TIMES
     
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  11. Eldorado

    Eldorado Member

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    Great Pic! I like those derby hats and the rest of their fishing attire. Oh, the carriage sitting by the creek while they are wade fishing...
     
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