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First fall report

2007/5/21 10:47
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September 6 River report:

Here it is September already and there is a lot to report from the big water. The annual reservoir draw down has been going on for a while, and the water temps are on the way up as a result. This morning the temp gauge is reading 68 right below the dam, and those temps will likely climb in weeks to come before they get cooler. Interestingly, a mile down river the Casselman, which is cooled each night, is adding 63 degree water to the river. The gauge down in Connellsville is reading 65 this morning, which makes for some nice early morning trouting, but the temp there will climb to over seventy by afternoon on hot, sunny days. The point of all this is to let all you would be Yough fisherman in on a little secret: This time of year, the cooler water won’t be found right below the dam. It will take some pretty cool temps for at least a week to bring lake temps back down to where we’d like to see them.

So the tip from us is to go exploring--even if it means hopping on a bike or hiking down the trail to find some new water to fish. Take a thermometer, and if water temps get too high, bend a big streamer to the tippet and go looking for greenies--you’ll likely still get a few trout, they even hit poppers now and again.

The Fishing:

Fishing has been hot for both trout and bass. As you likely know, water temps around 63-65 make for some hot trout, and hot they’ve been early in the day. Rainbows have been the norm as it seems the river’s browns are doing their eating after dark. All the typical fall stuff is going on right now: Isos, bwos, crane flies, cream midges, and a smattering of lightly colored mayflies and stones that make a lightly colored attractor pattern like a wolf or stimi a great searching pattern. Also in the realm of likelihood right now is the flying ant event. Not a true “hatch” in the sense that the bugs emerge from the river; rather, they wind up there after emerging near the river. We were lucky enough run into these guys yesterday--the greatest number I’ve ever encountered--and the fish were going crazy for them. Everything in the river was eating them, from trout to bass. Even the big trout came out from their day-time hiding places to slurp this trout candy. Don’t get caught on the river without a few patterns in black and brown in sizes 14-20. This can be some of the best dry-fly fishing you’ll ever encounter.

As for the bassing. The bass are finally starting to school up and are actively chasing bait, which makes for some of the most enjoyable bassing of the year. September always seems to offer up the largest bass of the year for this angler. Topwater patterns have been taking fish consistently and larger streamer patterns like circus peanuts and hackle flies have been betting them down deep.

That’s it for now, have fun on the river this fall and we’ll keep you posted on the latest river news.


Posted on: 2009/9/6 9:49

Re: First fall report
2006/9/8 9:35
Posts: 541
Thanks for the report. Looks like the fall season should be shaping up nicely.

Posted on: 2009/9/7 14:39

Re: First fall report

2006/9/10 21:53
From Greensburg, PA
Posts: 28
Dave, I would imagine that all over the state there should be a lot of holdover action as the levels have been pretty good much of the summer and the temps never really got up there for any long periods of time. I'm excited about the fall fishing outlook.

Posted on: 2009/9/7 19:49

Re: First fall report

2007/5/21 10:47
Posts: 8
Don't mention it.

Posted on: 2009/9/7 20:23

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