Stream Information
(last updated 7/20/17)
Trout

         

Tricos, various patterns, #22-26

Pheasant Tail nymph, #16 and smaller

Blue Wing Olive, emerger and dun, #18-22

Rusty Spinner, #18-22

Walt’s Worm, #16-20

Olive Zebra Midge, #16 and smaller

Black Zebra Midge, #16 and smaller

Al’s Rat, #22

Griffith’s Gnat, #22-26

Various midge patterns, adults and pupae, #20 and smaller

Various ant patterns, dry or wet, #14-22

Beetles, black or brown, #14-20


Summer weather is now here in earnest, and our local streams are showing it.  The water is low, clear, and warm.  Trout fishing in our marginal, stocked streams is essentially over for the season.  Once water temperatures exceed 70 degrees for a substantial portion of each day, surviving stocked trout are under stress.  Each angler must make a personal decision about the ethics of fishing for trout during the summer months, especially when they are laid up in a thermal refuge provided by a spring seep or cold tributary. 

 

Trout fishing is still a viable option in spring-fed streams like Valley Creek.  Not that this fishing will be easy.  These streams are also low and clear, it’s just that their waters stay cool.  The most consistently effective fishing will be done with long, fine leaders and tiny flies, and will involve stalking and presenting to a rising fish rather than trying to cover water.  Perhaps the best all-around fly pattern is a #18 or smaller Black Ant.  The successful summer angler on Valley Creek and similar streams will spend a lot more time looking for “targets” than casting.

 

There are also a few tailwater streams within a reasonable drive of our area that stay cool enough for summer trout fishing, as well as the spring creeks of central Pennsylvania.  Call the shop for suggestions if this appeals to you. 

 

The premier summer hatch is the tiny Tricorythodes mayfly.  These little insects hatch most mornings throughout the summer.  The hatch has now been under way for about a month.  The emergence occurs a little later in the morning as the season progresses, but during July you’ll want to be on the water and ready to fish by 7 a. m. at the latest.  The duns start hatching at daybreak.  If you’re hard-core, you can fish nymph and dun patterns prior to the spinner fall.  Most anglers, however, concentrate their efforts on the spinners.  First you’ll see the mating swarms, clouds of insects at tree-top level.  The spinners will gradually work their way down and start hitting the water.  Soon there will be rises everywhere. 

 

The best strategy with Tricos is to stalk within 20 to 30 feet of a pod of rising trout and place repeated drifts over them.  Try to target an individual fish and get your presentation in synch with its feeding rhythm.  Resist the temptation to make longer casts.  It’s harder to see your fly and to achieve a good, drag-free drift.  And you’ll soon be lining fish closer to you.  If you feel that you’ve worked the fish in your zone to the point they’re ignoring you, move on to another group of targets.  Keep in mind, though, that the spinner fall is over within an hour or so, so it’s more effective to work patiently to a group of fish than to waste time running around looking for new ones. 

 

You may find summer trout fishing a fascinating challenge.  On the other hand, it may seem like a recipe for frustration.  If so, why not change gears and fish for bass and panfish instead.  Don’t worry, you’ll go back to your trout fishing in the fall or next spring, and they won’t snub you because you had a summer fling with the bass and sunnies. 

 

Warmwater


Cork or foam poppers and sliders, #4-8

Dahlberg Divers and other hair bugs, #2-10

Various Woolly Buggers and other streamers, #4-10

Unweighted soft hackle wet flies, #10-12

 

Warmwater fishing in local creeks, rivers, and lakes has now settled into its summer pattern and will remain good to excellent from now through mid-autumn.  Whether wading or fishing from a boat, you can count on abundant and cooperative fish eager to eat your flies. 

 

Stream fishing for warmwater species is a great change-up from trout fishing.  You can use a lot of the same flies and tactics, it’s just a lot less fussy.  One key behavioral difference is that warmwater species tend to like a fly presented much more slowly than trout do.  But then, it’s perfectly natural to slow down during the summer, isn’t it?

 

Saltwater

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