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Small stream warmwater flyfishing

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I stopped today for a short time and fished one of my favorite stretches on a local small warmwater stream for the first time this year. I really enjoy this type of warmwater fishing and had a blast this afternoon as I brought quite a few rock bass, Smallmouth bass and Redbreast sunnies to hand in a short period of time. All fish caught were on one of my “go to” WW flies - a severely beat up and overused olive colored dumbell eyed, rabbit strip tailed Wooly bugger. I have called it the Wooly Bomber over the years and have caught a ton of fish on it.

As I was fishing down through a fairly productive run I heard a loud “splat” in the water right behind me. It almost sounded like a dead limb or something fell into the water behind me. As I turned around I spotted a squirrel paddling for its life through the riffle toward the bank. I watched it as it crawled out onto the bank and up the trunk of a large Sycamore tree to a branch where it paused to shake itself off and take a breather. Never actually saw that before. “Squirrel fly for toothy critters”? - Meh, probably not or maybe?

I’m really looking forward to getting in some WW flyfishing this season as summer approaches. Hopefully the weather gives us some better stream conditions than we were offered last year. I have found spending the summer months doing some WW flyfishing to be one of the most enjoyable and relaxing times flyfishing that I have experienced.

Posted on: 6/12 20:38


Re: Small stream warmwater flyfishing
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Well said!

Here's hoping for a good creek WW summer this year. I checked my favorite local WW creek today from the car via drive-by. It's down to the lowest level I've seen it in months, but still dirty.

In my experience, the small stream WW game lights up a bit before the rivers do. Usually by mid-June the sunnies and bass are well dispersed and eager to eat.

Posted on: 6/12 21:45


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The streams around here and the Juniata is certainly starting to appear more summer like and I love it. I can't wait to crush some fish. I went down to the Juniata yesterday and caught one rock bass. Boy that was a bad day.

Posted on: 6/13 3:21


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I fished a trib to the Juniata last weekend that is on the warm side, and found the smallies and fallfish very active, as were the large carp which I couldn't fool. Does the small stream ww game usually turn on before the larger rivers?

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SteveG wrote:
I fished a trib to the Juniata last weekend that is on the warm side, and found the smallies and fallfish very active, as were the large carp which I couldn't fool. Does the small stream ww game usually turn on before the larger rivers?


No, but this year has had elevated water levels, slightly cooler weather, could possibly be post spawn time for bass, and so those are all things stacked against you. Generally by this time of the year the fish are easy to catch. I can throw a Gurgler and hook up with a redbreasts sunnie on every cast. I'm blaming my poor outing in a big weather and atmospheric pressure swing.

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