It goes without question that early season trout fishing in Pennsylvania means crowded streams. All of the open stocked waters are filled with happy hatchery trout and it’s a great to see families, and friends out for a fish. I have written about stocked trout and fishing for them a few times. Including good early … Continue reading Off the beaten path for Opening Day of Trout Season in Southwestern Pennsylvania
For many the spring season starts with going to their favorite water to try and catch a few recently stocked fish. I have written about this in the past a few times. I have many great memories of opening days with my friends and I believe it’s a nice way to learn the game. Often … Continue reading Seven must have flies for fly fishing Pennsylvania on opening day of trout season.
Excited to get out and catch a few trout? Good! Hatchery trout are a put and take resource. This means they are raised in hatcheries then placed in streams and lakes to be caught and harvested. This is a great product to get beginning anglers involved in fishing.
There is something special about the autumn season. In Pennsylvania by October the trees are glowing with brilliant color; add low humidity, crisp mornings and you have a great combination for doing anything outdoors. For me that’s definitely fly fishing. For the trout, it’s also a special time because it triggers their appetite to stock-up … Continue reading Fly Fishing Fall Season, Learn how to identify wild trout.
I recently fished with a friend on a local stream. He worked the stream very quickly, bouncing from one section to another. A quick cast and drift then on his way to another spot. It occurred to me that covering a lot of water has its place and time. I have written about this before. … Continue reading Breaking down fly fishing for trout through basic deduction.
1. Fish all day. Until the mornings get really cold. Cooler temperatures combined with trout bulking up for the winter make productive fishing all day. Take advantage of it because the feeding window becomes smaller and smaller as winter sets in. 2. Long leaders for wary trout. Most often water flows will be at their … Continue reading 10 tips for fly fishing during the fall season
Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout Have you ever wished you could look over the shoulder of a fly fishing guide to learn how to become a proficient angler? This book flattens the learning curve by taking a simplified practical approach. It is aimed at getting you up-and-running quickly so you can enjoy fly … Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout
In search of cold water fisheries. Although Labor Day marks the end of summer for many activities when it comes to trout fishing we are usually waiting for cooler weather to start up our pursuit. Like most fly fisherman I let trout survive the hot summer months and concentrate my efforts on other species, but … Continue reading Where to Fly Fish for Trout on Labor Day weekend in Pennsylvania
In light of my recent article about enhancing and conserving wild trout populations instead of spending dollars on hatchery production. I believe this success story is worth sharing. Maybe I am not so extreme after all. Enjoy.
The fall fly fishing season in Pennsylvania is upon us. Choosing the right fly is part of the puzzle. Below are must have patterns for fly fishing in Pennsylvania during the fall season.
When they zig, you zag. I teach fly fishing and I always find it a little difficult to swallow when I explain the wonderful world of fly fishing only to go out with beginner students and rig up a thinga-ma-bobber, split shot, and a glo-bug.
Name: Cedar Run Region: Northcentral Pennsylvania County: Tioga, Lycoming GPS Coordinates: Dark Olive Caddis (16) Green Caddis (16) Tan Caddis (16) Little Yellow Stonefly (16) Sulphur (16 18) Blue-WInged Olive (14 -16) Trico (24)
Name: Slate Run Region: North-Central Pennsylvania County: Tioga, Lycoming GPS Coordinates: Dark Olive Caddis (16) Green Caddis (16) Tan Caddis (16) Little Yellow Stonefly (16) Sulphur (16 18) Blue-WInged Olive (14 -16) Trico (24)
Fly fishing for trout in the summer can be challenging. This is why so many of us switch to more logical pursuits such as bass, carp and other warm water species. If I chase trout during the summer it usually takes place through a narrow bite window; early morning, late evening, or middle of the … Continue reading Plop goes the beetle
Name: Little Juniata River Region: Central Pennsylvania County: Blair, Huntingdon GPS Coordinates: 40°34′17″N, 78°8′17″W Approximate Length: 32 miles State Fishing Designation: Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only http://fishinpa.com/ Little Juniata River – 0.7 mile; from the first bridge on SR 0220 just northeast of Bellwood downstream to the confluence with the first unnamed tributary entering from … Continue reading Fly Fishing Central Pennsylvania: Little Juniata River
Flickr: Dawidi, Johannesburg, South Africa Terrestrials are abundant and become a staple to trout in many waters through the summer season. Ant patterns are a must if you plan to fly fish for trout in the summer. Ants vary in size and color. Look for naturals on and around the water then match accordingly. But … Continue reading The Incredible Edible Ant
Congratulations to “Grandson’s first trout” RESULTS: Votes 56 Grandson’s first trout 53 Surprise look after she realized she caught the same fish more then once 20 First Oregon Deschutes ‘Redside’
Choosing your first fly rod can be daunting experience. My first rod was a hand-me-down from a neighbor, a Berkley travel rod, 6 pieces, heavy, and as soft as a noodle.
Photo: flickr: phrawr If you are like me, I get a little itchy during the winter season – itchy to go fishing. It doesn’t take too much convincing to get out for a fish. As soon as I see a mild day on the charts my tying takes a back seat and out the door … Continue reading Winter Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania
Prepare to catch more fish. As with many great activities, fly fishing offers us the chance to get outdoors, test our skills, and share time with family and friends. A day on the water chasing your prey can turn from enjoyable to gloomy if not well planned. A sudden thunder storm drenches your party and … Continue reading Seven easy tips that will absolutely improve your fly fishing
One of the best hatches in Pennsylvania has to be the Sulphur. There are two variations Ephemerella invaria and Ephemerella dorthea . Many times the hatch will trickle until the last moments of dusk then explode with numbers unimaginable. If you catch it right it could very well be one of the heaviest hatches you’ll … Continue reading Sulphur Time
CLINICS Discover the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail and learn how to fly fish using easy to follow steps. These entry-level clinics cover all the essential topics. No experience required. Enjoy the scenery while receiving group and individual on-stream instruction from Leo Vensel, Licensed Pennsylvania Guide, Certified FFF Casting Instructor, Forbes Trail TU Chapter President, and … Continue reading Fly Fishing Events
Name:Linn Run Region: Southwestern Pennsylvania County: Westmoreland GPS Coordinates: 40°09′23″N 79°13′52″W Approximate Length: 4 miles State Fishing Designation: Open Waters, from Grove Run downstream to park boundary. Description: Linn Run truly is a success story. The region and watershed were devastated during the mid-to-late 19th century and very early 20th century. Clear cut lumbering resulting … Continue reading Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania: Linn Run
Linn Run truly is a success story. The region and watershed were devastated during the mid-to-late 19th century and very early 20th century. Clear cut lumbering resulting in wildfires were the sources of this devastation. Further damage was caused by acid rain carried in the jet stream from the Ohio valley rust belt. Through arduous … Continue reading Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania: Linn Run
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?
(order Diptera, family Chironomidae) Photo: S. Rae For such a tiny insect, as the name suggests, midges are an important food source. They hatch throughout the year and become a primary source during the winter season. Commonly mistaken for a mosquito the adult midge is the stage most anglers identify. Adults have a mosquito-like appearance … Continue reading The ever-present critically important Midge.
These fine gentleman found the Stonycreek River pleasurable but it lives up to it’s name – Stony. I can tell you it’s solid work on the ol’ legs. I highly recommend using a wading stick. Depending on the season you will find good populations of mayflies, stoneflies, caddis, and terrestrials, but don’t forget streamers. There … Continue reading Great Fly Fishing on The Stonycreek River
Located in north central Pennsylvania, just a bit south of Wellsboro is the village of Slate Run. It is there nestled between the mountains that one of Pennsylvania’s crown jewels reside. Slate Run is made by two major tributaries, the Francis and Cushman branches. These tributaries and mainstem run fast, clean, and cold; perfect trout … Continue reading Slate Run, Pennsylvania
The boys and I recently fished the Little Juniata River in pursuit of the Grannom Caddis (Brachycentrus). The Grannom begins its life underwater and is a case builder. A good way to determine when the Grannom is getting close to emergence is to look for their cases sealed over at the top of the case … Continue reading Bugs, Buddies, and Hooks
Name: Meadow Run Region: Southwestern Pennsylvania County: Fayette GPS Coordinates: 39°50’30”N, 79°26’03”W, 39.841667, -79.434167 [a] Approximate Length: 10 miles State Fishing Designation: Delayed Harvest/Artificial Lures, 2.2 miles from Dinnerbell Road downstream to the mouth of the river. Mayflies and other insects: Common Name (Hook Size) FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT Hendrickson … Continue reading Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania: Meadow Run
Spring is upon us and the trout are happy! We are having unseasonably mild weather which makes for great fly fishing. Due to the mild winter we’ve had no scouring of substrate and loss of bugs; my guess is the hatches will be heavy this year. Regardless, early spring always requires some down and dirty … Continue reading Spring in Pennsylvania – Makes for Great Fly Fishing!
Rates | What To Bring | About Your Guide| Book a Trip Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania and Beyond I offer a broad range of guided walk-and-wade fly fishing adventures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. Pennsylvania fly fishing offers the angler many diverse opportunities. Water types ranging from fast running mountain streams, rich limestone spring creeks, … Continue reading Fly Fishing Guide Service