Pennsylvania Trout Fishing Report: June

A solid streamer eatin’ brown from a typical adventure with Austen.

Date: June 28th, 2017

Water Conditions: It’d be pretty tough to ask for better water conditions than we are seeing so far this summer. Our local area continues to receive rain at a pace that is keeping our rivers and creeks in great fishing shape. Yes, the rain created some days that were blown out, but thanks to the precipitation low, clear water conditions are being avoided. It’s nice to have extra water around for the fish, and to help keep the fishing rolling through the summer. Water temperatures are not currently a concern thanks to the cooler weather, but it never hurts to remain aware. Monitoring stream conditions on your local watershed prior to making the trip is always a good idea. See the Stream Flows page on the blog for a list of streams with USGS data.

Recommended Flies: Zebra Midge Size 18-22, Red PT (Pheasant Tail) Size 18-20, Frenchie Perdigon Size 18-20,  UV Braider PT Size 16-18, Soft Hackles Size, Ant Size 12-18, Blue Quill Size 18-20, Light Cahill Size 12-14, Isonychia Size 10-12, Golden Stonefly Size 6-8

Fishing Report:

While the rain has kept anglers off the water some days, it’s been great to have the extra flow through the beginning of this summer. The higher water and cooler weather so far is much appreciated after a very dry and hot summer in 2016.

Any day that ends with being on the water is a good day.

This year’s irregular weather pattern continues to make the bugs seem out of wack. Hatches and evening dry fly fishing continues to be hit or miss, and not make much sense at times. Don’t get me wrong, there were some great hatches and solid nights of dry fly fishing this year. Overall though, it just seems to be an off year that has lacked the heavy number of bugs and consistency we are used to in the area. At least this seems to be the case on the water I frequently fish.

With that being said, the nymphing and streamer game continues to be productive thanks to great water conditions and cooler weather. If I’ve said it before I’ve said it a thousand times, but it’s great to have the high water keep the bigger fish on the move.

Light Cahill. Because Sulphurs aren’t the only yellow mayfly.

Ants have been around in strong numbers, and the terrestrial fishing should continue to kick on as the water levels drop back towards normal. Summer bugs such as Blue Quills and other Paraleps are playing a strong role. For that reason, smaller nymphs are producing the most fish to net. However, there are also a few of the bigger bugs around such as Isonychia, Light Cahills, and Golden Stones.

As summer marches on and water levels drop, presentation and how an angler approaches the water will become even more important. Summer fishing can be challenging at times, but also very rewarding. I look forward to sight fishing and the technical conditions of summer. Fishing low, clear water can provide many lessons towards growing as an angler.

The release.

In the meantime, water conditions and weather are in great fishing shape. As a result the fishing is solid, take advantage. Go fish.

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Pennsylvania Trout Fishing Report: August

Date: August 10th 2015

Water Conditions: Flows have settled down and become normal for this time of year on the streams through out the area. Low clear water now presents normal summer time technical challenges in terms of approach, visibility, and presentation. Cool air temperatures have kept water temperatures prime for this time of year despite low water.

Recommended Flies:  Trico Size 22-24, Paraleptophlebia Size 18-20, Tan Caddis Size 16-18, Pheasant Tail Soft Hackles Size 16-20, Walt’s Worm Size 14-18, Green Weenies Size 12-14, Ants Size 12-20, Japanese Beetles Size 14, Zebra Midge Size 18-22, Pink Eye Size 18-20, RTV Nymph Size 18-20, Isonychia Size 10-12,

Fishing Report:

After a July full of rain and high water in most of the areas in the state, summer fishing conditions are finally here. The fishing conditions have become more technical on most streams as the water continues to become low and clear. I’m able to see the bottom on some of the deeper pools in the stretches that frequently are not visible.  The good news is that the “summer line up” of bugs have settled in as well. The past week Trico’s have been very good on the streams that I fish regularly. As is tradition, catching fish on 6x tippet with size 22 flies present challenges that can be frustrating but equally rewarding. Sight fishing has become a major player in the game as of recent. Terrestrials have also been a staple in the fly box. Ants continue to work well, however, Japanese beetles are prevalent in the area and fish are eating them very well. They are not as heavy on the bushes as I have seen in the past, but as of recent they seem to be making their way into the water frequently. A little extra water from rain would not hurt, but I have been enjoying approaching the water much slower while sight fishing with smaller flies. If you enjoy sight fishing, terrestrials, or Tricos, get out on the water. The fishing has been more technical, but still very good. Enjoy!

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