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If you are new to Wolf Creek please make sure you check with Rick Davis, when you arrive.  He can provide you with the best areas to fish and the best flies to use.  Any members who may be at the club are a great resource and eager to help.

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December 17, 2003

Restocking of stream with 400 rainbows and 100 browns on December 19,2003!!!!

October 5, 2003

After a long week at work and a wet and cold Friday and Saturday, my wife and I loaded the dogs, Malcolm and Emma,  into the back of the car and headed southwest on route 241 to Wolf Creek. The sky was a perfect blue and the sun was shining brightly as we rolled over the hills of Mt. Eaton and Mt. Hope towards Millersburg. Along the way we passed many Amish, attired in their starched Sunday best, either on foot or traveling via horse and buggy to their Sunday meetings. Many of the fields were dotted with tall brown stalks of corn gathered together in bunches and neatly arranged in rows evoking images of rows of windmills in Holland. In many open fields we saw large sandy colored draft horses grazing peacefully with their tails swaying in the breeze. We fortuitously managed to pass through Millersburg at 9:30 a.m., just in time to miss the gathering crowds assembling for the annual fall weekend and antique show. Not realizing the significance of this event last year we were held up in traffic for 45 minutes that particular day trying to get through the town on our way to Wolf Creek. We made a quick stop at Rodieís IGA in Millersburg to pick up supplies for lunch and then proceeded on our way to the Club. The trees are all ready changing colors along Rt. 62 through the Killbuck watershed area and Iíd advise those with a desire in seeing the colors not to delay too long this year. We arrived at Wolf Creek around 11:00 a.m. and were the only folks there. Rick has the grounds in good order after the damage of the late summer deluge. With Rick away for the day the pumps were off and as a result the stream was gin clear. The fishing was difficult; one almost had to approach the stream on all fours to avoid spooking the fish. I managed to catch one nice 14Ē rainbow in the lower stream with the help of my fish dog Malcolm and the little black bead head bugger. Up stream I used a cream bead head caddis pupae and caught a 5 inch rainbow smolt that Iím certain was stream bred. I also caught a number of fingerlings in Mattís hole just below the new rearing pond. Despite the flood there are still many fish in the rearing pond, but it appears a number of them did get washed into the stream and are stacked up in Mattís hole along with a lot of bigger fish. The fingerlings didnít hesitate to smack the nymph, the bigger fish perhaps have felt the hook before and declined the offering.  Lots of lady bugs were flying around the bushes and trees, but my beetle imitation didnít elicit any strikes. I think the water was just too clear and the fish were mainly congregated in the bottom of the deep holes. We hiked through the meadows around the all ready leafless walnut trees and walked over bushels of fallen pungent walnuts, and also over a few other pungent things of uncertain etiology that the dogs managed to find and roll themselves in. A large red tailed hawk slowly circled high above us as we walked the perimeter of the property, a blue kingfisher made more staccato low altitude strafing runs along the stream. The only sounds we heard were the lowing of cattle somewhere in the distance on the other side of the hill behind the upper pond, and the breeze rustling through the trees.  It was a good day to be outside, a good day to be on the water.

 Chuck

 

September 17, 2003

All appears to have recovered from the high water of the holiday weekend. I got their around 1:30 on last Saturday, and it was very quiet except for the occasional shout from Rickís house (the OSU-NCSU game was on, the game seemed well in hand when I got there!). I stayed till dark and caught 7 rainbows, 5 from the creek and two from the lower pond. I had the proverbial big strike in the lower pond on a bass sized Dahlberg diver fly, the fish actually hit twice but I missed it both times. It was way to dark to see what the fish was, but it may have been the big brown I have been trying for. I will be back again in the near future at dusk to try again. I have included a couple of the pictures from this last week as well.

 John M. Liptak

 

September 7, 2003

We'd like to thank everyone who made it out for the first Family Day.  The day appeared to have "gone to the dogs", literally, but I think everyone had a great time and for a lot of people it was a nice way to meet some of the other members.  A big thanks is in order for Rick any Maryann for all their hard work.  Rick had the pleasure of getting the grounds back in shape after the previous weekends 5.25" rain event and Maryann did a wonderful job making sure no went away hungry.  Thank you to those members who brought all the good eats especially the peach pie!

 

August 24, 2003

Caught at dark, fish measured 21Ē. Fought longer and harder than any other fish I have caught at the club yet, took about 10 minutes on my 2 weight., took several long runs. Caught 7 rainbows on Sunday from both ponds and the creek, including 4 on dry flies. Lots of midges hatching.

 John M. Liptak

 

July 3-4, 2003

The fishing was really steady
on july 3rd and 4th, despite the hot weather.  Black ants fished
wet were the number one ticket, particularly for the browns -
hit three over 16 inches, all on the wet ants.  Had a nice 20 inch
rainbow hit a damsel nymph deep in the lower pond.  The rest were
rainbows on prince nymphs, san juan worms, and small wooly buggers
early in the morning.

the fish were deep too in the bass  pond, no surface action, but
they  would hit clousers deep.  the pond is getting fun, since the
stocked panfish from two years ago are now hand size or bigger.
Next year will be a riot, when they get a year bigger.

Weird, but no surface feeding.  Both the trout and bass wouldn't
look up at all, must be lots of food down deep.  We even threw a
handful of live japanese beetles in a hole with trout, and they
wouldn't look at 'em.  So, for now, fish deep.  Good fishing though,
the three of us hit 40 plus trout in the midst of 90 degree heat!

dave cox

June 23, 2003

These are some hints and observations from member Chuck K.:

"This spring I have found great success with a small, black, brass-bead head, wooly bugger, size 10 hook (mustad 9671). The fly has been effective both in the lower pond and in the pools on the stream and in earlier in the spring on the upper pond for bass. Indeed the fish in the pictures of Gregg and I, and also the one of Charlie were all caught with that very fly. It obviously works very well with the rainbows, it also caught several small (7Ē) largemouth bass that were in the lower pond and several blue gill on Wednesday. Donít ask me how largemouth got into the lower pond, but they are there. Chubs of all sizes hanker for it alsoÖItís been my ďGo ToĒ fly when nothing else is working and so far it hasnít disappointed me. Earlier in the spring before the algae bloom occurred on the upper pond I caught good sized bass, crappie and large blue gills with that fly. The really large rainbow I hooked in dead manís pool was on that fly being stripped across the pool in short bursts.  I havenít caught any browns or brook trout this spring. We know there are big browns in the lower pond, but I donít know where the brook trout went. On Wednesday Dan Bare caught a brown, he said his first in a long time, in the stream with a black wooly bugger. The brownís are studying their lessons well and donít seem to be easily distracted by our mortal offerings any more. Dan caught several rainbows in the Cottage hole with a beetle pattern drifted along the bank of the stream under the overlying bushes. I tried the same technique later in the day with a size 16 parachute black ant pattern and also experienced success when a chunky rainbow leapt out of the water to engulf the fly and then tail walked across the pool a short distance.  Another successful surface pattern right now is a tan, size 16 or size 18, elk hair caddis. I had good fortune with that pattern on the lower pond, later in the day, just before dusk. I have seen tan caddis on the ponds and in the stream. On Wednesday evening I also saw many size 18 black caddis swarming in lower branches of the trees along the banks of the upper end of creek. I was hoping to see more mayflies on Wednesday but they were few and far between. I saw one lonesome sputtering sulphur spinner drift helplessly through the lodge hole around 7:30 p.m. and it made it through the entire hole without so much as a wink from any fish.  I donít know why but I just havenít seen as many mayflies this year. Gregg was down earlier in the spring, late April I think and witnessed what he said was a prolific blue winger olive hatch for an hour or so on a Friday afternoon. He called me that night to report about it and I came down the next day, Saturday, with great anticipation but with no results. Timing really is everything.  As far as nymphs, this spring a size 12 or 14 olive bead head caddis has been productive in the stream and in the ponds, also occasionally a size 14 cream sucker spawn pattern has produced results with the rainbows."

 

June 19, 2003

Since we last left off some time ago there have been a number of things occurring at Wolf Creek.  Most importantly, our fish continue to thrive!!  You may ask yourself does Wolf Creek have big fish?  We have at a minimum 12, 30+" browns tipping the scales somewhere between 10-12 pounds cruising the lower pond (remember the state record is 14.65 pounds, 29 1/4") , not to mention the plethora of rainbows from 12"-27".  Excuse me but are we in Ohio?

Due to the success of our on-site rearing program of brook and brown trout we have constructed 2 new rearing ponds to accommodate new fingerlings.  The fingerlings that were stocked in April of 2001 have grown tremendously.  There are still a large number of them (22"-28") inhabiting the original rearing pond that just do not want to leave, we can't even net them!  There is even evidence they have spawned.  This pond continues to be fished from time to time and provides some of the best action for someone who may not be fairing so well in the stream.  Today 2000 2" rainbow fingerlings are being introduced to there new habitat in the new rearing ponds and 200 10"-12" rainbows are being introduced into the stream.

This time of year the nymphs (caddis & midges mostly) seem to get the most action but a black wooly bugger is always a winner when fishing the ponds.  Greg E. had some great dry fly action back in early May when he caught 40 rainbows and browns one right after another on a mayfly in the ponds.  Don D. caught several 20+" rainbows the week of June 12 and the week before that someone hauled in a 27" 9# rainbow.  Remember, the people who have the most success in the stream make sure to be seen as little as possible.

We have been tinkering with the stream and pumping system for the past year and a half and will continue to try and make improvements to benefit both the beginner and expert fisherman.  We want all to have a positive experience at Wolf Creek.

 

October 2002

300 10-12" rainbows & 200 10-12" brook trout were stocked in the stream and ponds.

November 1, 2001

We continue to see hatches on the ponds and in the stream during the evenings. It appears that the typical fall hatches are midges (#18-#22) and brown caddis (#20-#22). The browns have begun spawning in the past week or two, and can be found over gravel bars during evening hours.

Speaking of spawning, our rainbows did a very nice job of reproducing for us this spring. It appears that we now have anywhere between 500 and 2,000 fingerling rainbows in our stream and lower pond. Several members have reported catching them, and they seem to be spread out over our entire length of stream. Please let Rick know if you hook any rainbows under 12 inches. If so, these are wild fish!

As many of you may know, we took delivery of 4,000 brook and brown trout fry during February 2001. These fish spent the summer months in our rearing pond and many are now approaching 9" in size. Rick is slowly releasing these fish in the stream and ponds. Current estimates indicate that we have retained approximately 50% of the fish, with the other half going to feed the kingfishers and herons. We may decide to place a net over the rearing pond next summer to reduce kill.

Our current estimate of fish population (stream and lower two ponds):

Rainbows- 300 adult, 500-2,000 wild fish

Brown- 400 adults, 1,000 (6-9")

Brook- 150 adults, 1,000 (6-9")

Smallmouth- several, with the largest caught measuring 21"

And in the top pond:

Largemouth- 100 (10-14")

Bluegill- 500 (various)

 

October 15, 2001

The fishing has been great! Dave Cox has reported double-digit catches during his last few visits and Dave Hrdlicka reported a massive hatch on the middle pond last weekend. He said that browns were rising for #20 and #22 caddis flies.

September 20, 2001

The hot weather appears to be over for the year. During the last two weeks of August we had about 8 days of 100 degree weather at the lodge. Water temperatures topped 72 degrees during the afternoons for most of this stretch, but we lost no fish that we are aware of.

 

Open House

June 30th and July 1st

We will be holding an Open House at the Wolf Creek Trout Club from 9:00am until 7:00pm on June 30th and July1st. We will be providing food & soft drinks, with guests welcome to tour the property at their leisure.

For those of you who attended our first open house in 2000, we think you will be pleasantly surprised by the progress we have made over the last 10 months. The Lodge, Guestrooms, and Club Cabin are completely finished, and the stream habitat has been improved significantly. We now have a reproducing population of more than 4,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

We are currently in the process of installing an additional 1,000gpm pump to increase minimum water flows from 600gpm to 1,600gpm.

 

July 18, 2000

The Grand Opening is finally in sight. The entire site has now been seeded and the last bit of stream work has been completed. Those of you who have made a deposit on a membership are now asked to sent in the balance due. The Club will officially open for fishing on the 5th (per the prescribed time slots) and will have open fishing for members beginning on the 6th. Good luck. There are some big, big fish in this stream.

Until such time as the main lodge is completed members will be billed dues at 50% of the normal monthly charge. We expect to have the lodge completed by September 1st.

Please be sure to check out the new Guest Policy and Angling Regulations. Please send me your comments. 

As a result of the July 1, 2000 and July 2, 2000 Open House we received a lot of valuable input from future members. As a result we are "tweaking" the Code of Regulations, Trust Account Rules, and Membership Fee Schedule. Changes will be made to the final documents, which will then be sent to you.

Several examples of changes are:

1. Completion date has changed due to abnormally wet weather this spring.
2. Member sleeping accommodations in the Main Lodge
3. A caretaker's cabin will be built
4. Those wanting to fish before substantial completion of the Main Lodge will be billed for dues at 50% of the normal monthly charge.
5. A 3rd lake has been added.

June 19, 2000

We received our brown trout last week from Pennsylvania and are pleased that all but 3 of the 300 have survived. The rainbows didn't fare quite as well, with about 7 of the 350 lost. The fish seemed to be adapting well; I personally caught 8 fish last night in about 3 hours of fishing. The largest was a 17" rainbow that took a white streamer. I also caught several fish on a black stonefly nymph.

We begin seeding the property tomorrow morning and hope to have (some) green grass by the Open House. We currently are in the process of installing the pumps and waterlines.