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i've been saying this for a while... but i'm going to float the connoquenessing this year! i drove by it in a couple spots last saturday and it looks like a great stretch of water.

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That DOES look like a nice stretch of water. I wonder who else has ever paddled it, here, what their experience was like.

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I've wondered about that creek for a while too. I've seen fish posted on a fishing app or two caught from it, and found an older video of a float down it on youtube, but have never tried it myself yet. Been trying to hit new spots more the last few years so maybe I'll make it therr this year.

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I’ve been on parts of it. And those parts were beautiful & had some ok sized smallies. There are parts of it that, depending on the flow, are downright gnarly & I wouldn’t have the stones to take a fishing kayak on. Depending on the flows & sections you choose to float, you could be either in for lots of dragging or class 4 amusement park stuff. I’d be up for Lewis & Clarking it this summer after some serious Google mapping & shore surveying.

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Yeah, the fish that I've seen attributed to it weren't big but they looked healthy. Looks fun no matter what. You know I'm up for creek running phish so hit me up this spring/summer, and we'll explore.

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(01-04-2018 02:39 PM)Larry Dones Wrote:  Yeah, the fish that I've seen attributed to it weren't big but they looked healthy. Looks fun no matter what. You know I'm up for creek running phish so hit me up this spring/summer, and we'll explore.

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I have a strong hunch that there may be a few really good bass in there. Every step I took in that creek while dragging would churn up gobs of crayfish. I seriously never saw so many crawfish, like every square foot had a dozen. The fish above was an average representation of what I caught that day, but I had a few big blow ups on buzz baits that made me think bigger guys live there. Deep calm stretches in between fast, rocky rapids. Access is an issue, but half the fun is figuring out access points.


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(01-04-2018 03:36 PM)Phish Pharm Wrote:  
(01-04-2018 02:39 PM)Larry Dones Wrote:  Yeah, the fish that I've seen attributed to it weren't big but they looked healthy. Looks fun no matter what. You know I'm up for creek running phish so hit me up this spring/summer, and we'll explore.

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I have a strong hunch that there may be a few really good bass in there. Every step I took in that creek while dragging would churn up gobs of crayfish. I seriously never saw so many crawfish, like every square foot had a dozen. The fish above was an average representation of what I caught that day, but I had a few big blow ups on buzz baits that made me think bigger guys live there. Deep calm stretches in between fast, rocky rapids. Access is an issue, but half the fun is figuring out access points.


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Man, that looks gorgeous. Now you got ME thinking! Probably not as pressured as other close bodies. If you consider a group float, I'm down.

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count me in guys!

john, i was ASSUMING slow meandering creek. i've heard that if the flows are low to expect ALOT of dragging. didn't realize there were some rapids. what part/parts have you been on?

i found a link to 4 "newish" access sites near zelie via a connie-q google search. my launch location app on my phone has been acting up. i'll have to dig up that link.

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From Slippery Rock Creek to the mouth of the Beaver are the parts that can be gnarly and what I’m most interested in. I’ve got out of the car & looked at the creek in Elwood City & have seen 5 foot drops when the water was low. Definitely need to research well before trying. I’ve single accessed from the confluence with the Beaver as far up as I could go & just had to deal with minor class 2 & portaged upstream & around a few drops from there also. From Slippery Rock to Harmony is your slow & meandering water.


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i'm open to whatever... but was originally looking a fair amount further upstream. i was just in the fombell area driving along the creek. i didn't even know what body of water it was... but it looked good. the only 2 areas i'm even familiar with on this creek where you crossover it in zelie on your way to 79 and down by olde stonewall.

according to paddling.com's launch locator, there's no launch between the dam (lake Oneida) and renfrew. then a bunch from there down to fombell. then a big gap between there and where the SR creek empties in.

https://paddling.com/paddle/locations/?l...13&zoom=12

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