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June buggin' on the Yough

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June 1

We made it through May and had some great fishing to boot. Now here it is June 1st already and if you haven't made a trip to the river yet, now is the time. If I had to pick one month to be on the river, this would be it. The flows are perfect for floating the river, and the temps are still trouty all the way down to Sutersville.

Right now we have caddis, bwo's, crane flies, midges, march browns, yellow sallies, and green drakes tempting trout to the surface. Streamer and nymph fishing is hot as well if you are so inclined.

The one thing that has been conspicuously absent on recent floats has been the smallmouth bite, but that too will pickup this month on the Middle as the Cassellman adds some warmth to the river. (I've been getting plenty of good reports on flyrod bassin' from buddies further down river.)

So for those of you who've been dreaming of a western trip, casting to large trout from a driftboat, and beautiful scenery, why wait? That's all right here in your back yard. (Not to mention it's good practice for you trout seeking nomads.)

If you'd like to float the river with us, we still have some June dates open. Give us a call—there is no better way to see and learn the river.

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Posted on: 2009/6/1 12:59


Re: June buggin' on the Yough

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What is that monstrosity in that trout's mouth?

Posted on: 2009/6/2 16:42


Re: June buggin' on the Yough

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Looks like some kind of rubber legged bugger with some moss stuck to it. its not THAT big.

Posted on: 2009/6/2 16:57


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It's just one of the many sculpin patterns I fish on the river. It's about 3 1/2 inches in length, which I find is big enough to move the bigguns but not so large as to scare away the smaller fish.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 10:28


Re: June buggin' on the Yough

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Do you have an unmolested pic...looks interesting.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 10:32


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You drift some pretty secluded areas right? Do you ever get big rods and try some crazy big streamers in the, mmm, 6-8" category. Any big marabous looking little trout? There's 30 inch browns in that river, right? I think you could get some 20 inchers to make charges at something that size.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 20:32


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6-8 is not really all that crazy big. I tie most of my bugger in 6,8, 10 and 12 and i use them all. Now a 2 would qualify as a big ugly and I have some Clousers in that range. I bet YRG has a bunch in that range for that water.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 21:11


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Tom,

He said 6 to 8 inches.

I've heard stories of huge trout there. If you were willing to most likely go fishless, it could produce a hog.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 21:13


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Oh thanks for catching that...my #2-2/0 clousers are about that size...ah maybe closer to 4-6 inches anyway...

Posted on: 2009/6/3 21:17


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Tom, I don't have any pics of that one, sorry. It's a pretty basic pattern with a two tone marabou tail, hackle flash body, rubber legs, schlappin collar and spun deer hair head. All tied on a #4.

As for chasing big trout, brownout, we fish streamers every time we guide or fish for ourselves. Our standard rig is a full sinking line on a six weight. Our clients get a lot of big fish each year, our biggest ever was twenty nine, and we catch quite a few around twenty five (these are clients). My brother caught a 31 inch bow last year and I've seen two for sure that were over the thirty inch mark--my personal best from the river was a twenty-five inch bow. I hooked one larger but that's another story.

As for the huge flies, I have a boat box full of them, but find that once you get over the four to five inch mark for trout, you are really doing yourself a disservice: casting gets tough and you really don't move fish that are any larger than those that chase the three to four inch flies.

jayL, believe it or not, throwing big flies doesn't necessarily relegate you to a day of watching the clouds float by. You might be surprisedd just how many twelve inch trout are willing to chase down a four inch shad pattern, and on the Yough, there are always smallmouth that will jump all over any big pulled through their territory.

Posted on: 2009/6/4 10:39






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