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Map provided courtesy of Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau. See contact information below.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n one of our morning feeds Orvis’ great little blog popped with a story your editors and publisher could not resist sharing … Saunders’ picture story as provided Orvis.

Pittsburgh, where we’re from is also (we might mention) home of National Champions: Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. It is less than an hour away from the Laurel Highlands.

We fished, hiked, camped, cross-country skied, skied, rafted, hunted and slept there for a combined 100 years, give or take a half-dozen. Collectively, we also wore out lots of pairs of boots and waders, broke fly rods, contributed umpteen flies to flora, and lost all sorts of outdoor gear.

Saunders photos captured our attention, thinking even that we knew where the photos were taken, but then memory does play tricks.

The Laurel Highlands brookies are not your come to find easy trout. Brookies just are not. Not in the Adirondacks were Captain Andrew Derr summered as a lad and still fishes in late summer nor where I now find them in North Carolina and Georgia.

We all agreed that the approbation, “Trout don’t live in ugly places” was all about brookies.

If you like the mountains – that you can climb on foot and no rescue squad needs to be called, a fly fishing week in the Laurel Highlands portion of the Allegheny Mountains will tease you back for more.

Don’t forget that nearby waters hold big bows, browns, bass and the Youghiogheny River holds some monster browns!

To View Saunders’ photos on the Orvis site, click here . . .


Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau®
Toll-Free: 800.333.5661
120 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658

For Fly Shops/guides of the Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania – just google that


NOTE Featured Image is from the Orvis blog noted above. The image is a brook trout by E. Saunders.


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