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Hot and Cold on the Y
Going to be out of town for a few days and wanted to post a report from last week and the weekend. Over a five day stretch, we fished most of the river between Confluence and West Newton.
The trout bite was really good on Friday from the dam to Ohiopyle. We fished nymph rigs with larger stone or mayfly patterns as the point with smaller droppers to match some of the small caddis and bwo's around in the mornings and afternoons. The river fished well all day with a bit of a mid-day lull.
The Iso's have been a bit crazy lately and will hatch sporadically all day, even in the morning: so we've been finding pods of rising fish all day. I generally try a big bug first, and then drop a little guy below (for those looking for little bugs) if they won't take the first offering. One of the nice things about Yough river fish is that they generally don't get too picky--generally ;)
The bass fishing continues to be great, but you have to look for them where they are and this means doing what the water temps dictate. You'll find few fish on the banks in the morning: mid-river fishing with sinking lines and big flies works well early. But as the sun heats the water (and the bass) they'll make the move to the banks as they actively chase bait and stage at bank-side ambush points. Both poppers and more subtle surface offerings are working for these guys. We stuck three fish over 18 inches on poppers over the past few days.
So there you have it. More fun than a barrel full of monkeys and close to home, too.
Have fun out there,
Report provided by your friendly neighborhood guide service: the boys at LHGS
Posted on: 2009/8/18 8:57
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