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Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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Fished from 7:30 to 1:30 right behind the shop. Air temp was about 26 when I showed up. Good thing I didn't take my neoprenes out of my car yet for the year. Fishing was pretty slow in the morning due to the temps. As the temps rose the fish became more active. There was a pretty sizable midge hatch that started around 12 but I only saw 1 rise all day. Landed 4 and missed a few. All on junk flies, mainly IPW's. No interest in any caddis nymphs. Bob expected the grannoms to pop sometime this week. I'll be up to fish it pending it's not blown out from the rain this week (again).


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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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These were around yesterday.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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they been around all week, theyre stoners about size 12 or 14 all over SW PA. I will be heading up tomorrow if you see me say hello

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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fished it last night, not much bug action. some fish were sipping midges, forgot my grifiths at home!! ended up using a small black soft hackle dressed with floatant and was able to salvage the evening. the fish were taking the bugs VERY gently and in the tailouts of the riffles. if you didn't look long and hard enough, they weren't even noticeable.
damn stockies!

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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You can't EVER forget your griffiths. One of my best producing flies.

I had record that the grannoms started on the 28th of March last year, but that was an anomoly due to the warm weather. I'll be out at least once when they do start coming off. Historically they only come off for about 5 days, so don't hesitate to go and fish!

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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well, heavy storms all evening tonite, and it's still raining now, so I'd say it's gonna be high for a couple days now. That's ok, been getting too crowded, need the season to start so folks can spread out to other cricks!

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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Hope the grannoms don't hatch during this high water period. I don't think they will though. One hatch I really want to hit this year is the drakes, heard it's pretty good on Neshannock but I never fished it.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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The grannoms came off on the high water 2 years ago. Was completely unfishable.


I've fished the brown drakes 3-4 times. It's a late night venture and I won't say if I was breaking DHALO rules by fishing past dark or not. Caught my first bat durring that spinnerfall a few years ago. It can be very good action!

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One hatch I really want to hit this year is the drakes, heard it's pretty good on Neshannock but I never fished it.


The brown Drake hatch is short lived maybe only 4 days or so. It comes then it's gone. You have to drop everything and go if you want to catch it. Then you gotta hope the fish are in the mood to eat on top.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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It's a late night venture and I won't say if I was breaking DHALO rules by fishing past dark or not.


Not necessarily. The duns will emerge in decent numbers throughout the day and if the water conditions are good the fish will often take them opportunistically. It's a lot like fishing March Browns / Grey Foxes. Just bigger.

(MB's/GF"s being the only other predictable, reliable, fishable mayfly hatch on Neshannock in my experience.)

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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Every time the brown drakes hatch, there's also a hatch of some sort of cahill that's a chartreuse color about a size 14. I haven't been able to catch one for ID, but they are the brightest bug I've seen.

I've done fairly well with the few times I've caught the drake spinner fall. Drake nymphs are notorious for being fast swimmers and emergers, but I have never fished the emergence on the Neshannock. I really have enjoyed the spinners when I've caught them in years past.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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Any of you locals see the grannoms yet? I'm hoping they don't come when the water's high again. Rain for today and Friday doesn't look too good.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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I fished it yesterday, water was dropping at a decent rate. However, when I talked to Bob it didn't sound like they had been seeing any Grannoms. It's all going to depend on how much rain and where it hits I suppose.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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I was going to fish it Sunday but it was still too high. Ended up hitting a couple smaller creeks in the system and didn't really see much bug activity(don't have any prior hatch experience on those small streams though). Did have a little black stone land on me.

Grannoms should be starting here real soon.

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Re: Neshannock Creek, Lawrence Co, 4/6/13 DHALO

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ill go with Wednesday you'll see a few here and there then Thursday . . . . . KABOOOOM

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