Winter Fly Fishing on the Little Juniata River

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The Little Juniata River is 14 miles of class-A catch and release trout water. It holds many wild trout averaging 2900 fish per/mile. The Sulphur hatches are of epic proportions. You will find a beautiful strain of Brown trout sipping bugs most days through the prime season.
But what about winter?
What’s your guess with populations like that? It not only fishes but it actually fishes well. Tactics range from nymphing colorful “junk” flies to dry fly fishing midges. On milder days it’s common to find trout in the slower flows taking midges. Every large pool holds fish, try the seams just before the water drops off to deeper pools. Flows are more of a concern than finding willing trout. You should pick up fish at anything below 300 cfs, chances are lesser if it’s been extremely cold for a lengthy amount of time; teens and single digits.
So if you got a case of the “shack nasties” get out and fish the J. it will treat you right.

A couple photos with my buddy Eric Stroup.

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