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I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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Only spin fishing many years ago.

What do i need to know before i go out and attempt this for the first time?

Posted on: 2013/8/28 9:28


Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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just go where there are... time of day, fly, is not that important...

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Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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Bring size 14 hi vis dry flies and have at it. They aren't that difficult on the right streams.

Posted on: 2013/8/28 9:30


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I guess the biggest thing i need to do is find some water that holds these purty little guys, i keep seeing pics posted on here of these super cool looking fish, and now i gotta do it. Now, do i go north south or west is the question...

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Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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I guess the biggest thing i need to do is find some water that holds these purty little guys, i keep seeing pics posted on here of these super cool looking fish, and now i gotta do it. Now, do i go north south or west is the question...


Depends. Lots of info on the PABC website on where to find them. Actually too much information IMHO, but MHO doesn't count on that.

Native brook trout are the easiest trout to catch in PA. The difficulty is not in catching them or even finding them. It's finding them without spooking them and the locations are usually very difficult for fly fishing.


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Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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timmy, approx in what area do you live?

There's often some rigamarole regarding finding streams, access, etc. There's some frustration when you're there regarding casting in tight places and being hung up all the time.

And of course, once you are to a good place, some people will catch more than others. But pretty much everyone can catch some fish. It's very enjoyable even for beginners. From what I've seen, when you take beginners out to such places, it fires them up and encourages them rather than turning them off.

Posted on: 2013/8/28 11:37


Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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Pat, I sent him a PM and suggested the stream where you hit triple digits.

Posted on: 2013/8/28 11:51


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come up here for a few days and we'll take ya out for N. Central pa. flies included. will learn a lot.

Posted on: 2013/8/28 12:14
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Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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IT's not at all hard, look for streams in State Forests or on SGL's, then you take some big stimulators size 12 is big enough, and go fishing. You'll find fish.

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It's time to stop stocking all wild trout streams no matter what Classification they are, and time to eradicate brown trout in some of our limestone streams and re-establish brookies in them.


Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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I too am a beginner - I've been fishing several times but I've never really caught much. I live in Pittsburgh and I am very interested in fishing small streams for brookies. I was planning to go out to Ohiopyle on Monday and Tuesday of next week to hike in along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, stay the night, and do some fishing in some small streams along the trail. The idea of backpacking in a really beautiful place and doing some fishing while there really appeals to me.

There was an article in the Tribune Review early this month about fishing along the LHHT which also named a lot of small streams, including those in the area I'm targeting. I'm wondering if a lot of others may have been similarly inspired and as a result the area is now fished out. Also, there is now the possibility of some rain and thunderstorms forecast for the weekend and continuing into Monday. I can deal with some rain but I wonder how it will affect the fishing. It seems to me that maybe small streams like these don't cloud up as easily as other waters but I'm still wondering if it is a good idea to go as planned. I can always cancel this trip and go another time if necessary.

Any advice on my plans for Labor Day is appreciated and if anyone else is in the Pittsburgh area, has similar interests and doesn't mind having a newbie tag along I would be happy to join them to do some fishing sometime.


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In my opinion having water a bit couldy can make the fishing better. This is just me now, but in clear water for brookies, I would use dries but in off color water, try a little streamer. Actually I use a streamer in deeper clear pools too and the brookies hit them rather aggressively.

As to fishing them out, I doubt that's a problem. You are generally going to be catching 4 to 7 inch fish which are normally only fished for by C&R guys.

Have a blast.

Posted on: 2013/8/29 9:59


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My offer stands for anyone who has never caught a brookie, call me and we can set up a time to go out. I'll even supply rods, reels, and flies in trade for lunch.

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Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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My offer stands for anyone who has never caught a brookie, call me and we can set up a time to go out. I'll even supply rods, reels, and flies in trade for lunch.


Oh thanks Bob. So those of us who have caught brookies before are not welcome?

Posted on: 2013/8/29 10:04


Re: I've never caught native brookies fly fishing

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open to you foxy, only you have to buy me dinner and a movie too..

Posted on: 2013/8/29 11:35
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