Stream Information
(last updated 3/10/18)

Trout

         

 

Stonefly, Black & Brown 14-16

Midge, Assorted   10-12

Griffith's Gnat 16-24

Killer Bug, Various 10-14

Higa's S.O.S, Black16

Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-20

Hare’s Ear Nymph 16-20

Blue Wing Olives 16-20

Streamers, Various 6-12

Attractor Patterns (Green Weenie, Glo Bug, San Juan Worm, etc), Various

 

Except for Special Regulations areas, all Approved Trout Waters are now closed to fishing until the regional Opening Day of Trout Season on March 31.  Check the Summary of Fishing Laws or the Fish & Boat Commission website for details:  www.fish.state.pa.us.  The statewide opener is on Saturday, April 14.

 

Most local streams have now received their pre-season allotment of stocked trout, including some unusually large fish, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Both the special regulations area & open waters of Ridley Creek will be stocked March 14 (delayed twice due to the weather).

 

By opening day trout in the special regs areas will be worked over and pretty tough to fool.  It’s smart to spend some time fishing on the waters under general statewide regulations once the season begins.  You’ll find more room to fish and trout that are much less “educated” about artificial flies.

 

The stonefly hatch this year has been steady.  Both brown & black stoneflies are being seen in numbers on the Brandywine, Pickering and other area streams.  To match the hatch use nymph & dry patterns sizes 14-16.  In addition to stonefly patterns, black caddis & stimulator patterns are great dry imitations.

 

We can expect the annual sequence of spring hatches to get under way soon.  Blue-Wing Olives, Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, Hendricksons, and olive and tan caddis can be expected during April on streams where they occur. 

 

Midges can hatch any day of the year; the wise fly fisher is always prepared for them. 

 

“Junk Fly” patterns such as Pellet Flies, Squirmy Wormies, Green or Hot Weenies, Sucker Spawn, Glo-Bugs, Honey Bugs or San Juan Worms in a variety of colors will produce trout any time. 

Woolly Buggers in black, brown or olive are always a good bet.  During cold water conditions, they work best when dead-drifted with an occasional twitch.  As the water temperature rises and the fish become more aggressive, use a more active retrieve. 

 

Come in to TSG for handwarmers, long underwear, fishing gloves, heavy socks, and everything you need to fish comfortably in early spring conditions.

Warmwater

 

Once ice is gone from area lakes and ponds, warmwater fishing in our area will slowly get underway.  Smaller ponds will be the first to warm enough for fish to become active, with crappie the most likely catch.  Try fishing an unweighted white or yellow marabou streamer very slowly on shallow flats.  A beadhead nymph fished under a strike indicator is also an excellent tactic, and will also take bluegill.  Cast near deadfalls or other cover and allow wave action to activate the fly.     

 

Saltwater


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