Fly fishing fruitlessly in mangroves

Fly fishing fruitlessly in mangroves

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Feeling Foggy?

This isn't much of a post. Despite my better intentions and best effort, the time for blogging has not made itself known. Fortunately what has contributed to that is I have been able to hunt more this year. Have seen some limited action, hopefully I'll get my shot before the seasons are out. At any rate, I was in the tree one evening recently and saw an amazing site. The fog rolled in just at sunset and gave the woods a very ethereal feel. I sat as long as I could, surrounded by it. Aside from the quality time I spend with my family, it was the most content I've been in a long time. I snapped a pic from the ground. I had to brighten the picture a bit so you could see it better.

If heaven exists, mine looks a little like this.

Like something out of a fantasy movie.


  1. You captured the mood of the scene perfectly.

  2. Tom, I took a few seconds to figure out what part of the country you live after you dropped a comment.

    It looks like you've got a game management area in your county and I've found this information.

    A few miles north of Reading in Berks County is 1,150-acre Blue Marsh Lake, which lies in the Atlantic Population Zone. Including the lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages a total of 6,173 acres as part of the Blue Marsh property. Much of the land and water here is open to hunting. In addition, SGL 280's 2,630 acres abut the Blue Marsh acreage, adding even more open area for hunters to access.
    Much of the Blue Marsh and SGL 280 land is planted each year with crops, such as alfalfa and corn. It is in these fields that December goose hunters should set out a spread of decoys.

    On the north side of the lake, check out the SGL 280 lands north of Route 183 and on both sides of Bright School Road. You'll find a series of farm fields in this area, all of which can be goose magnets this month.
    Another good bet is the farmland between Rebers Bridge Road and the Blue Marsh Lake dam west of Tulpehocken Creek. Or there's a series of farm fields, separated by tree lines along the west shore of the main body of the lake, which is adjacent to the dam. Hunters may reach these fields via Highland Road, off Brownsville Road.
    For information on hunting Blue Marsh Lake property, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office at (610) 376-6337. For information on hunting SGL 280, contact the Game Commission's Southeast Region office.

    I'd also hit and head over to the PA forum. Get a username and introduce yourself, see if any other hunters hit your area. Offer things you are good at in return for joining a waterfowler(s) locally.

    I really don't know the area, but can attest that other duck hunters in your area have the necessary gear and know how to show you the way.

    If you are so inclined to try this out on your own, then you'll need some type of boat (canoe, kayak, jon boat, etc), some decoys (I'm guessing mallards), camo for your area, and a twelve gauge. Do some scouting during the times you intend to hunt, then try your hand at it. However, I still recommend finding a hunting pal to get you started.

    If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to give me a shout.

    Best, Tony