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Clarion River area

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Besides your standard nymphs and streamers, anything work really well in this area?

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Re: Clarion River area

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there are no fish in the area!

Eggs will catch fish and this time of the year you got a lot of stockers that end up in the river. So the normal stuff all works don't be afraid to use junk flies and flashy bugs. But i do suggest headed to Tionesta I read on here its much better. :)

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Re: Clarion River area

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I won't be fishing this. I had a guy request flies from Virgina who will be in the area soon. I figured everything would work. He will be fishing DHALO areas. i assumed they had just been stocked so eggs/sucker spawn were on my list.

BHPT and BHHE as well.

Posted on: 2013/3/15 11:05
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i need more info on the time of the year to really help you out.

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1st week of april into the first day.

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Re: Clarion River area

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Hendricksons, Caddis(Grammon) maybe, Steamers anything buggy and big in black or olive. Bigger stonefly nymphs are good espically for golden stones. San Juan worms can also be productive. If he is from out of the area its not an easy river to figure out access on. I hope they are aware of that issue.

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Thanks for the input. I will relay it to him and see what he would like. I had told him most of what you mentioned. for his assortment.

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I will be going back up in Mid-September. I find I have the river mostly to myself that time of year because it is past the end of the Summer season and before the big push for the spawning browns in Oct-Nov. You won't see as many submarines, but the fish seem less pressured and willing to bite. I will not be fly fishing this time and will be trophy hunting with heavier spinning tackle. I am tired of getting my butt handed to me by fish I cannot even move from the holding spots or fish that hang up my leaders on boulders or brush because I can not put enough pressure them to have any control. Those big browns are smart and don't venture to far from the safe spots. My typical smallmouth fly outfit does well until I hit one of the submarines, then it seems all bets are off. If I am going that heavy I am planning to go to the dark side to see if I can land one on braid line.

Posted on: 2013/8/30 9:46


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LongWader,

just curious, but do you wade or float it?

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Hammer, I will be wading. The Clarion is an interesting and challenging river to fish. It gets float fished a lot and the biggest wild browns seem to get their radar up when there is a canoe or raft on the river. A number of times I have been experiencing good fishing and then all at once the bite shuts down. The next thing that happens is a canoe or pontoon boat coming floating down the river. It usually takes an hour or more for the bite to start up again. I am not saying that you cannot catch trophy browns float fishing, I am just saying that from my experience you are less likely to. The really big browns only seem to feed for about an hour and a half per day and I want to maximize my chances by employing stealth tactics.

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Hammer, I will be wading. The Clarion is an interesting and challenging river to fish. It gets float fished a lot and the biggest wild browns seem to get their radar up when there is a canoe or raft on the river. A number of times I have been experiencing good fishing and then all at once the bite shuts down. The next thing that happens is a canoe or pontoon boat coming floating down the river. It usually takes an hour or more for the bite to start up again. I am not saying that you cannot catch trophy browns float fishing, I am just saying that from my experience you are less likely to. The really big browns only seem to feed for about an hour and a half per day and I want to maximize my chances by employing stealth tactics.


Thanks LongWader

That rivers been discussed between me and some friends as one we'd like to fish sometime. A Clackacraft would likely make the trip with also.

Good points made about fish sensing a boats presence. We have experienced all too well about how some fish, mainly bigger fish, can react to a boats presence on the Delaware.

Posted on: 2013/9/2 21:19
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Re: Clarion River area

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Hammertime -

If you're thinking about the catch and release area between ridgeway and johnsonburg - a driftboat would be kinda large there for normal summer and fall flows. A canoe or kayak is much better suited for this area of the river IMO

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The river is up right know due to the recent rains, but I would concur with the kayak or pontoon boat for the catch and release section. A kayak with its lower profile would be stealthier and of course it makes it more challenging to cast. The pontoon boats tend to stay to one side and cast to the other if the know the river well. Going down the middle can work in some sections, but the high profile of the pontoon boat works against you with the older and wiser submarines. That said the average sized wild brown in the Clarion is 18 inches and great sport on lighter tackle. Most of your better fish will come from river side boulder pockets with cover and brush cover near the banks so a good side cast will come in real handy. Hellgramites, adult crayfish, and adult fall fish are all on the menu so be prepared to cast larger offerings. A typical smallmouth fly rod is or big river trout rod will work for the majority of fish in the main stem.

Posted on: 2013/9/3 11:21


Re: Clarion River area

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spinning rod? might as well just use bait. hell I feel better able to control them on a fly rod you have more leverage.

Posted on: 2013/9/3 12:21


Re: Clarion River area

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Thanks guys

We have a pontoon boat to use also so we can play it by ear. We'd probably wait till the flows are right then head up.

Posted on: 2013/9/3 18:01
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