Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
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Posted on October 22, 2013 | Permalink
Friends Creek Rainbows
Location: Friend's Creek
Friend's Creek has good fishing for Rainbow Trout though they can be fussy eaters. I started out the day trying two pools and had follow throughs, though no bites on wooly buggers and nymphs. Finally downstream I had some luck on the wooly bugger. I stopped at the big rock pool and joined a group of fisherman who were trying to catch two big trout under the rock ledge but in spite of the best efforts of the entire group no one caught anything except a large fallfish. Live bait would not work either. These fish are tough to fool even though they are hatchery fish. Wished the group good luck and went downstream and caught a nice rainbow in one of the plunge pools.
I returned to the big rock pool to try again even putting a piece of discarded live worm bait on my fly but these fish would not bite. I saw an unusual site which was two beautifully colored 16" Brown Trout chasing each other and biting each other. Is this spawning behavior? Do wild Trout exist in Friend's Creek?
I continued fishing, catching another Rainbow on the wooly bugger and two more on nymphs close to evening. I filled my limit after 6 hours of fishing. The fall foliage is pretty and there are still some fish left but be prepared to take your time filling out your limit. Friend's Creek might be stocked again hopefully with a mix of rainbows and Brown Trout.
DNR Response: A mix of rainbow and brown trout were stocked into Friendís Creek last week. Wild trout will be spawning throughout MD from mid-October through late November. The stocked BrownTrout you saw chasing one another may have been exhibiting pre-spawn behavior or just competing for the best habitat in the stream. Friends Creek does not support a wild trout population mainly due to water temperatures becoming too warm during the summer months.