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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 06/06/2012 (1538 reads)
Paflyfish was fortunate to have several sponsors at this years Paflyfish Jamboree. I want to share with you those members of the site, advertisers that contributed to the weekend.

David WeaverFor several years now David "Fishidiot" Weaver has donated one of his fine framed paintings at the Jam and this year was no exception. David brings a completed frame and paints during the weekend to have the final fly fishing artwork complete for Saturday night. Certainly the most popular item amongst the members during the weekend. To see more of his paintings please go to his website at www.rodandbrush.com



Allen FlyFishingAllen FlyFishing has been a long time sponsor of the site and this year really stepped it up donating several of their rods for the weekend. A few of the guys had a chance to try out the rods during the weekend. Allen FlyFishing provided a few of their ATS rods, which are an affordable, high performance rods at an entry level price point. One of their Xa Series 5wt 10ft rods was included as well. These Xa rods are designed to provide a fast recovery and responsiveness for a wide variety of angling situations. To learn more about their fly fishing rods and reels please visit the Allen FlyFishing website here.

Harman's North Fork Cottages provided a gift certificate to one of their riverside cabins in West Virginia. Their rental cabins are available year-round on stocked trout waters on the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River. To find out more about other activities and fishing found on the grounds and in the area check out their website here.

Another member of the site, Coty "csoult" Soult provided a beautiful fly tying bench made of red oak and birds eye maple. A big hit as many were impressed with the quality and craftsmanship.

One of the newest advertisers on the site Cutthroat Leaders provide several of their Furled Fly Fishing Leaders to the members. Cutthroat Leaders are hand crafted UNI thread leaders that provide an outstanding presentation that don't over-spray and spook your fish. Find out more about their great line of Furled Fishing Leaders here.

Andy Ramish from Tight Line Fly Reels stopped over on Saturday and provided one of his his reels that is machined and assembled in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His reels are some real works of technical art as much as functioning fly fishing reels. Thanks for stopping over to the Jam and please check his website out to learn more about his awesome reels here.

A special thanks to all those that contributed to the Jam this year. We are working out details in a way we will be contributing to the Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp in Boiling Springs, Pa. I look forward to sharing how we will be supporting the young anglers interested in learning more about fly fishing.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/31/2012 (2313 reads)
dwight landisThe 2012 Paflyfish Jamboree and Meetup was marked by a big turn out, a good time and unusually sunny skies. There we plenty of good fishing opportunities in the region and time spent at the Seven Mountains Campground getting caught up with the 75 plus members in for the weekend.

This year Dwight "troutbert" Landis provided a detailed presentation about Spring Creek on Friday night. Saturday was followed up with a raffle that was supported by many members and sponsors on the site. Next weeks post will cover our sponsors and winners in Part 2.

I thought I would try a different approach to reviewing the weekend. Here are some of the quotes and photos from those at the weekend that put it all in perspective from the forum after the weekend.

"I caught one trout on a wooly bugger, but did not use a bobber." - JackM

"Oh, the chili!! and that tenderloin, OMG!! Incredible!!! Between the food and the music, it was a great time." - Mooney4


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"I swear to God, there was a Sasquatch wading the stream, just standing out there in the middle, I couldn't believe it." - Pcray1231

"You can lead a Sasquatch to water, and he'll probably fall on his arse...twice, and miss 5/6 of the fish he hooks into." - The_Sasquatch

"...boy oh boy, did i have a good time!!!" - shakey


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"Flipnfly even caught a turtle on a midge - I'd have never believed it, but he has the picture to back it up" - Heritage Angler

"i would truly like the picture of all of the people who's patience i've tested over the years and me." - Gfen

"I'm not sure Alby or Biker will remember talking to me." Krayfish


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"After many years of attending the Jam, I can honestly say this year's was the driest I've ever seen (and I don't mean "lack of booze" dry )." - tocar

"The fishing gods weren't great to me this weekend but who cares?" - Fishidiot

"I still figure my sulfur spinner must make a heck of a dun imitation. Problem is, it didn't seem to make a good spinner imitation!" - Pcray1231


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"I can only say that you folks around State College have some excellent road sign artists. It's funny what towns like Tusseyville and Ennisville can be turned into with some well placed paint strokes." - Swattie87

"Had a great time at the jam and I think most of my stories should remain private to avoid incrimination." - MattBoyer

"Saturday night seemed like organized chaos." - ryguyfi


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"Strange thing. I did not go to the Jam this year but had 4 people call me Squaretail and introduce themselves on the stream." - squaretail

"The fishing was secondary to the company, but that was pretty darn good too." - Swattie87

"+1 tenderloin....mmm...beef will never be the same" - TimRobinson


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"In my defense, it totally looked like my van, to bad mine was in Lancaster." - Sal

"Every one I talked to was great.I'm already looking to next time to do some camping and fishing. There is so much experience at the jam it's an incredible event." - lv2nymph

"The folks who live in the State College area are truly blessed to have such good fishing close-by, in streams both large and small. I hope to make it again and see you all at the 2013 Jam!" - goodfortune


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"...Jack, you are a card." - The_Sasquatch

"Had a blast at this year's JAM. Got to see a bunch of friends and met some new ones. Tons of good food, stories, and drink. We even fished a little too. Thanks to everyone that helps set this up. It is a great time." - Turkey

Photos by skybay, pcray1231, dkile






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/14/2012 (11152 reads)
Since 1995 Paflyfish has provided anglers an online community to share, learn and collaborate about fly fishing in the Pennsylvania and Northeast region. The site is for all level of anglers interested in not only learning more about the sport, but interested giving back as well.

With over 7,000 registered members, 250,000 unique visitors and 7,500,000 page views a year Paflyfish has very enthusiastic community. Members include of course beginners, experienced anglers, authors, guides, fly shop owners, scientists, conservationists and trout bums. The website consists of several community resources including: Blog, Forum, Stream Reports, Stream Locations, Maps, Photo Section, and Polls. The forum is a very enthusiastic community that is not only knowledgeable, but very passionate.

The Paflyfish activities extend offline as well to include beginner clinics, fly tying workshops, fly fishing meet-ups, support to conservation efforts and other non-site events. Many of the activities are informally organized by members anxious to help share with others.

fly fishingPaflyfish was created by Dave Kile initially as a way for anglers to find fly fishing locations across the Pennsylvania region and a way to give back like those who had helped him first get started.

Dave grew up in Southeast Pennsylvania and first got started fishing with his father as soon as he could pick up a Zebco rod. Spring times were spent trout fishing in the Poconos and summer family vacations were large mouth bass opportunities in Canada.

While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) he was first introduced to fly fishing. The friends who took the time to teach him how to fly fish were a significant inspiration for Paflyfish. After graduating with a degree and a concentration in digital cartography, Dave pursued a technology career that initially landed him position with Apple Computer. Working with some of the early web server technologies presented him the opportunity to bring together his passion for fly fishing, knowledge in digital mapping and desire in giving back to the sport is all what started Paflyfish. It took a almost a full year of drawing the early stream locations maps, creating web pages and setting up servers before site even got started with about 200 pages of fly fishing information.

Dave is blessed with a wonderful wife and two fantastic children. His oldest is currently attending Penn State University where he loves visiting her and all the great fly fishing in central Pennsylvania. In addition to fly fishing, Dave is an avid photographer and traveller.

The site is supported by a group of very knowledgeable and excellent moderators.

Maurice began fly fishing in the mid 80's and found Paflyfish soon after the website launched in the mid 90's. A lifelong Pittsburgher with a career in printing and an interest in the outdoors spurred a move to south central Pennsylvania for a job and the fly fishing of course. This occurred right around the that time the Paflyfish Jamborees started under the old board. He has worked closely with Dave since the early days of the site providing a lot of help evolving the features of the site and forum.

Maurice calls York PA home now with his wife and four children. His home water is Muddy Creek where he is active in Trout Unlimited which ultimately spurred a career change during the challenges of the recession.

Paflyfish and it's members helpfulness had an influence in both life changing shifts of geography and career moves. He enjoys fly tying on demand before trips and sharing his local knowledge and onstream techniques to new friends and TU members.

Dave Weaver has been an avid fly fishermen for over thirty years, having spent much of that time on the trout streams of the Cumberland Valley. Dave especially enjoys warm water game fish and inshore saltwater fishing - his favorite fly rod fish being the smallmouth bass. Also an an avid fly tier and fine artist, Dave's paintings often depict wild trout or river landscape scenes and have won four trout stamp competitions. In his own words, "Paflyfish is a great community of good friends and passionate fly fishermen. It's a privilege to be part of it and to support the community in whatever capacity I can." To learn more about Dave's fly fishing art and thoughts about the sport, click here.

Tom Ciannilli began his fishing career when his Dad first took him fishing at age five, and began to fly-fish and tie flies when he received his first fly rod and fly tying kit at age ten. He grew up in Northeastern PA, right along the Susquehanna River, and called the Susky, the upper Delaware River, as well as many of the lakes and streams throughout Northeastern PA his home waters.

After college, Tom traveled quite a bit in his job, and often took time off in his travels to fly-fish all over the country. Tom now lives in Southeastern PA. While he calls the wild trout streams and smallmouth rivers of Pennsylvania his home waters, he loves to fly-fish for all that swims, in the east, out-west, both in freshwater and in the salt.

After reading and posting on PAFF for close to a decade, Tom became a Moderator for the site in 2010. In November of 2010, Tom took the position of Fly-fishing Manager for the Orvis store in Plymouth Meeting, turning his avocation into his vocation. He is often quoted as saying, "fly-fishing is a tough job, but someone has to do it!”

JackM started fly fishing over 20 years ago. His introduction to the long-rod was the direct result of fall stockings on a DHALO section of stream that I had fished with bait for many years. In that particular first year, after the normal summer hiatus from trout fishing, he learned the local creek would be stocked in October. Jack was faced with either using spinners or trying his hand at fly fishing.

It must have taken him a half dozen trips before he hooked a trout on a wooly bugger. He eventually found my way to an Internet site known as Paflyfish. By asking questions and questioning conventional wisdom, I eventually learned how much those first dozen folks knew about fly fishing, all of which I had ahead of me to learn. I ultimately became an ever-present board regular and Dave Kile asked me to help him, Maurice and Padraic to moderate the Board. Out of gratitude to him and all other participants, I agreed without reluctance.

Paflyfish supports the efforts of Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp, Trout Unlimited and Penn Future.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/13/2012 (2426 reads)
flyfishing meetupThe Paflyfish Jamboree and Meetup is fast approaching this weekend. Members and friends will be gathering at the Seven Mountains Campground in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania on May 18-20, 2012. The weekend is an opportunity to catch up with old friends, campout, and fly fish over some of the best waters in the region.

Friday evening our guest speaker will be author and Paflyfish member Dwight "Troutbert" Landis. Dwight is best known for his book, Trout Streams of Pennsylvania: An Angler's Guide and shared an interview with me a few years ago that can be found here. Dwight will be speaking about Spring Creek starting at 10:00 PM.

We have several friends of the Paflyfish helping support the weekend with a raffle on Saturday night. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp.

Moderator Dave "Fishidot" Weaver will be working on and then donating one of his wonderful watercolor fly fishing paintings.

Fly tying BenchCoty "csoult" Soult a member on the site has been gracious enough to make a beautiful fly tying bench made of red oak and birds eye maple. There is plenty of spots to hold your tools and all your thread. The drawer has 5 compartments with a twist lock latch.

The team at Allen Flyfishing has sent over several rods to demo and part of the raffle. For the weekend they have included some 5, 3 and 2 weight ATS Series and XA rods. See Dave Kile to try out some of these rods.

Cutthrout Leaders is the newest sponsor to the site and has packaged up some of their fine leaders as well.

Harman's North Fork Cottages has provided a gift certificate to stay one of their luxury log cabins for a two night stay.


It is a pretty busy weekend with a lot more details found here and in the forum here.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/07/2012 (3859 reads)
Throughout the year trout feed a disproportional amount of the time under the water. For me even during a recent sulphur hatch on Spring Creek trout were not rising and could be seen actively feeding below the surface. George Daniel's book, Dynamic Nymphing, offers an extensive look at tactics and strategies that get to the heart of subsurface nymph fishing.

Dynamic NymphingI enjoy all the puzzles that fly-fishing provides and always appreciate ways to overcome those challenges. George shares the best of these techniques in solving many of these trials with his book in a wonderful format of instruction, photography and sketches for some of the best approaches to nymph fishing.

A range of chapters provide: a nymphing systems overview, riggings, casting techniques, tight-line tactics, fly patterns, small streams, challenging locations and much more.

Anglers not as familiar with all aspects nymph fishing or looking to extend their subsurface skills will quickly enjoy all facets of this book.

For example George provides details for the Curly Q rig, which is ideal for shallow water and longer casting requirements. This may be a more advanced technique for some and is broken down into a couple parts within the book for use and clarification. Explanations of how to make the Curly Q and ways to cast this rig are completely covered. In addition, he provides many other detailed leader formulas making it easy to understand where and when to implement these different strategies.

Dynamic Nymphing provides several for tight-line tactics, which is a method of nymphing without the use of a suspension support device. Joe Humphreys mentored George and details of the Harvey/Humphrey high-stick methods are explained along with several European nymphing styles as well.

George provides well over 60 detailed fly patterns ranging from pheasant tails to Czech nymphs. All these flies are beautifully photographed and chronicled.

For those looking to explore wild brook streams or find themselves in other challenging spots there are several chapters that take you off your typical stream and provide options in some adverse nymph fishing situations.

While I have been fly fishing for quite some time, I can get bit lackadaisical with my approach to the sport. Too often I stick with what I know. What I liked most about Dynamic Nymphing for me was getting me out of my comfort zone and to try some techniques I have not yet mastered. For those newer to the sport the Dynamic Nymphing provides a wealth of information that will certainly help improve their fly-fishing opportunities at many levels.

Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World [Hardcover] by George Daniel can be found on Amazon here
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Dynamic NymphingGeorge Daniel is assistant manager at TCO Fly Shop, in State College, PA. He travels the country conducting fly-fishing clinics for various groups and organizations. George is a former member and current Head Coach of Fly Fishing Team USA. Some of his accomplishments include being a two time national fly fishing champion, won The Fly Fishing Masters, and ranked as high as fifth in the World along with other competitive achievements. The title of the book will be “Dynamic Nymphing.” He lives near Lamar, Pennsylvania. If you want to keep up with George in the Internet you can follow him on his Facebook page here.






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/02/2012 (1231 reads)


The Simms 2012 Shoot Out videography contest in Bozeman, Montana was held at this year's ICE OUT Guide Event from April 16-18, 2012. Videographers hit the water in Montana with the West's best fishing guides. The culmination was the Shoot Out competition held on April 19 at the Willson Auditorium in Bozeman, MT. Sponsored by Costa and The Drake Magazine, the Shoot Out is a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates fly fishing filmmaking and the fishing guide.

Rules of the Shoot Out Competition:
• Teams of 2
• Simms Guide Ambassador to accompany each group
• Teams started at sunrise (6:27am MST) on Monday, April 16
• Each team can only submit 1 film for inclusion in the MAIN EVENT
• All footage for inclusion in the MAIN EVENT must be shot during the prescribed shooting window
• Submitted films must be no longer than 6 minutes in length

All four finalists can be found here to review. Ian Majszak was the Shoot Out winner with "Untitled". My friends Luke Carroll and Adam Kryder from Raw Water Productions made their way out west from New York and entered this with "Brant Oswald".

I am looking forward to more projects from Luke and Adam this summer.






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Published by Andy [The_Sasquatch] on 04/25/2012 (1435 reads)
By The_Sasquatch
Photos by Skybay


We're all back from the 2012 Quill Gordon Summit, and by all accounts the event was a great success! We had a good turn out of about 7 guys; Skybay, Dave_S, Turkey, CSoult, Wetfly_01, The Sasquatch, and my father, Jerry (non-board member).

Quill GordonThe weekend started for Jerry and me at 5:30am. By 9:15am we were on the Pine Creek in Ansonia not far from Sandfly's shop. We fished for about an hour and then headed over to Sandy's. First thing we noticed was that the water was low and very very clear. No fish to be found in the AM, but lots and lots of caddis on the water.

Meeting Sandfly is worth a weekend trip in and of itself. He's full of stories, all full of hilarity and also fly fishing wisdom. His hens that he raises for hackle are beautiful, and although his shop is quite small, the amount of stuff he has in there is overwhelming! He loaded my pops and I up with flies and advice and about two hours later, we were on our way up to our camp.

We opened up Camp Iroquois on the top of Denton Hill and made plans for our evening outing. Decided to hit the Pine Creek down in Gaines. Again, LOTS AND LOTS of caddis, but no risers, no action sub surface, it was quite confusing. Dad and I decided to bail on that stretch while the evening was still young, and drove up Rt 6 to where the Pine crosses Rt 6 above Galeton, right at the Sylvania Diner. This was the right choice. Dad went down stream, I went up stream, and both of us came back to the car with reports of many rising trout and several brought to hand, mostly hold over rainbows.

After returning to camp I called Skybay to make plans for him to meet up w/ us the next day, and then called Csoult. He told me him and Turkey were already at the campground (less than a minute drive from my cabin) and that I should come over. After telling him I was too tired for socializing, I changed my mind and headed over to their camp site. Glad I did. Got to hang w/ Turkey and Csoult for a few hours, getting to know each other, drink some beer and tell some stories, before the rest of the guys came up.

Quill GordonFriday we met at 8am and headed to Lyman Run. Beautiful setting, but again the clear and low water was our bane. As we worked our way up stream, the further we got the more fish we saw, but we were unable to bring any to hand. After heading back to the cars, we found a tiny trib that flowed under the road and into a little drainage ditch. We spooked two brookies out of that little pool, so I decided to rock it "Lehigh Valley Style" and fish the drainage ditch. After about 15 minutes I brought my first Potter County native brookie of 2012 to hand. A hilarious approach to catching a beautiful fish!

After lunch Dave_S arrived on the scene and we made plans for the evening trip. Originally we planned on hitting the Allegheny, but after seeing the flows, Dave_S led us up to the Oswego. Right decision as the flow was much better. Tons and tons of caddis flying around, march browns, even thought we saw some sulfers...but NO RISING FISH! I managed to catch a decent sized "Golden Rainbow" on a hare's ear (fun fight!), Dave_S caught a stocked brookie, my dad caught a nice little brookie that regurgitated a big old sculpin, and csoult and Turkey were wishing they stayed at State College ;) Ended the day at the campsite, sitting around the fire ring where we met up w/ Skybay who had us all laughing and telling stories quite quickly!

Saturday was the main event. Dad and I arrived at the campsite to find that Wetfly_01 arrived, and we learned that the plan was to hit the Pine all day. Wetfly_01 quickly took on the guide responsibilities as he led us to our first destination; the Pine Creek at Darling Run. Good flow to the Pine, the weather was overcast with rain, so conditions were working for us for the first time all weekend. There were several hookups at the first section and everyone was having fun, although wet and cold. After heading back to the vehicles for lunch (Dave_S I'm sure will tell the story of "The Sasquatch in a China Shop....), we headed up to the Pine at Blackwell. Wetfly_01 had us walk upstream to get away from all the crowds, and put us on some GREAT pocket water. As the rest of the group fished upstream, I joined up w/ Csoult and started hitting large pools. The March Browns were coming off the water big time, and the trout were rising! Csoult and I caught it right and we had a blast for the next two hours picking off risers on MBs. We officially renamed the event, "The March Brown Summit". Everyone brought fish to hand, including Skybay who caught his first fish on a dry fly. I say fish, because when he landed the beast, we discovered that he caught a 3lb smallie! Great catch!

Quill GordonNext we drove to Slate Run Tackle Shop. Lusted after things we couldn't afford, ate some legendary Slate Run sandwiches, and then fished the stretch behind SR. The rain was coming down HARD now, it was windy, and the temps dropped about 10 degrees from what it was when the day started. Fish were still rising, but none of us could figure out to what. Lots of MB and Caddis on the water, but they weren't taking either. Tried some midges, still nothing. Dave_S hooked up w/ one on a bugger, and my dad brought a few to hand. We all had enough though and were back in the trucks by 8:30. Headed back to Camp Iroquois, got the wood stove burning, Skybay cooked for us (amazing food from Skybay!), and the guys sat around the dinner table for hours talking FFing. All except for me, who headed over to the sofa and passed out...although I added my 2 cents every now and again. All were out and in bed by 12:30am.

Turkey took off first thing the next morning, the rest of us met up and had a final meal together at the Sylvania Diner. It was a great time. Crazy to think the weekend began w/ weather in the 70s, and now they're calling for snow. No QG anywhere, but it didn't matter. The landscape and the company made the event worth every minute. Can't wait till next year.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/02/2012 (2309 reads)
by Brian McGeehan
Guest writer for Paflyfish


As a kid growing up in Pennsylvania I dreamed of visiting the Rocky Mountain West to fish those big rivers that I saw in the fly fishing magazines. Western rivers seemed so different compared to the smaller fisheries that I spent my youth on and I was a bit intimidated when I first arrived in Montana on a summer long geology field trip sponsored by Penn State. I quickly fell in love with the massive feel of the biggest rivers and the wide open surroundings. There were definitely some new skills that I needed to develop to be successful on the bigger rivers but I found that the techniques and strategies that I had developed in Pennsylvania also worked in Montana. Some of the most talented anglers I have had a chance to guide often come from Pennsylvania and other eastern states and those fertile wild trout fisheries of the Appalachian mountains are a great training ground for some of the world's best fly fisherman. If you are an Eastern fly fisherman considering a Montana fly fishing trip you will be happy to know that your skills honed on your home rivers will put you in a great position to find success on Western waters. Here are five skills that I learned in PA that have helped me on our local Montana fisheries.

Fishing hatches
The rivers and streams in the ridge and valley province of Pennsylvania have some of the most abundant and diverse hatch sequences of any waters I have had the opportunity to visit. Few locations can compare to the overlapping series of aquatic insect emergence that happen on a single day in late May on waters like Penns Creek, Big Fishing Creek and others. Spending many a day on the fertile limestone streams of central Pennsylvania helped me to pay close attention to the different life cycles of the varied insects. I learned to differentiate between a trout feeding on duns, emergers or spinners. I also began to recognize when trout were on caddis with splashy rises verses the more delicate takes of mayfly species. I learned that trout would switch from one species (or development stage) to another during the course of an evening and that I had to be constantly aware of these changing preferences if I wanted to be successful during each stage of the hatch. These lessons have carried with me when I am fishing Western waters. Trout feeding during an intense pmd hatch on the Missouri can be just a selective as trout rising to sulphurs on the Yellow Breeches. On some freestone waters such as the Madison the hatches do not appear as intense but the same transitions from nymphs, to duns, to spinners still occur and the conditioning to always be on the watch for this frequently pays off.

Getting close
One of the best lessons that I learned as a kid was how to get close to trout and still catch them. My first experiences with a fly rod in Pennsylvania occurred on laurel choked brook trout streams in the Allegheny National Forest. Because of the thick canopy of trees long back casts were not an option and I had no choice but to sneak in close to make a cast. Western streams and rivers are much more open than their Eastern counterparts and anglers are not forced to get close. I have found that getting as close as possible to the holding water is still a great strategy. The closer you are to the fish the better the presentation will be and the faster the hook set will be. It is very easy to get caught swinging for the fences by making longer than needed casts simply because the wide open landscape permits it.

Spring creeks and tail waters
Pennsylvania is home to some of the most fertile spring fed streams in the world. These productive fisheries are home to high concentrations of healthy wild trout and abundant macro invertebrates. The glassy currents on waters like the Letort and Big Spring require stealthy approaches and carefully placed casts. When fishing these waters as a youth I learned that I needed to carefully plan out each cast before approaching a run. The angle of my position to the fish was extremely important and I began to understand that finding ways to present the fly to the fish before the leader definitely increased the chances for success. Montana is also home to some of the worlds finest spring creeks along with dam released tail water fisheries like the Bighorn, Missouri and Beaverhead that produce spring creek like conditions. My experiences on the Eastern limestone streams helped me to feel right at home when I first visited the legendary Paradise Valley spring creeks like Armstrong and Nelson.

Small streams are fun too!
Even larger Pennsylvania trout streams with the exceptions of tail waters like the Delaware and Allegheny would be considered small by Western standards. When I first moved to the West I spent most of my time on the famous blue ribbon rivers like the Madison, Yellowstone and Missouri because fishing such a massive body of water for trout was new and exciting. As time went on I began to explore the bountiful smaller fisheries that reminded me of home. One of the great things about Montana is that nearly every body of water no matter how big or small seems to hold trout in the Western half of the state. Montana also allows public access to any fishery as long as anglers remain inside of the high water mark.

How to thoroughly work a run
Although there is still plenty of water in Pennsylvania to enjoy there also a lot more people. On some waters like Penns Creek or Spring Creek during famous hatches like the Green Drake or Sulphur the influx of anglers coming for the hatch limited the amount of water available. I learned that if I was in a good run that I had better make the best of it and thoroughly work the water before moving on. Montana rivers receive much less pressure compared to the East and we have the luxury of moving a long way without worrying about being crowded by numerous other anglers (with some exception like the easily accessed wade areas on the Bighorn). Although some days covering as much water as possible is the way to go there are times when slowing down and really dialing into a run is beneficial. When I know that trout are heavily concentrated in a run I will make a few passes through it. If I am nymph fishing I often make a shallow pass with less weight and a shorter indicator to pick off the more aggressive fish first. The shallower rig allows me to detect strikes faster and get a higher percentage of hookups. Eventually I will work the run with a heavier rig and longer leader to get to fish that are in the deeper and heavier water that are not willing to move far to feed.

Brian McGeehan is the owner and outfitter of Montana Angler Fly Fishing in Bozeman, MT. He is a native of Western Pennsylvania where he spent his youth chasing trout across the Keystone state. Montana Angler Fly Fishing is also a sponsor on Paflyfish.






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Published by David Weaver [Fishidiot] on 03/05/2012 (1979 reads)
This article is another in Dave Weaver’s on going “Casting through History” series. His previous article in this series was John Brown’s Bass.

Ed KochOver the years many of you, if you’ve visited Yellow Breeches Anglers in Boiling Springs, have probably gazed at one particular dusty old mounted brown trout. When I was a kid, I’d look at this fish and think that it wasn’t the best taxidermy job. If you’re a Cumberland Valley regular or otherwise familiar with the writings of Charlie Fox and others, you’re probably aware of the story behind this fish. If not, we’ll re-tell the story behind this dusty old trophy…..a veritable sacred relic of Pennsylvania fishing history.

Ed Koch is part of Pennsylvania’s unique fly fishing heritage. His book Fishing the Midge is a classic and, like many of the writings of his generation, is always worth a re-read. Ed was also the long time owner of the Yellow Breeches fly shop. Many of you may remember chatting with Ed in the shop. This was Ed’s great trophy, caught from Letort Spring Run in August 1962. Charlie Fox recollects the story in his classic, This Wonderful World of Trout: Ed had hooked the fish three times previously. Finally, he saw the giant again and, after several casts, the big brown rose and ate a Letort Cricket, a popular deer hair dry fly. After a tough, twenty five minute fight in the weeds, the fish came to the net: 27 and a half inches and over nine pounds. Fox describes Koch’s trembling hands when the fish was weighed and photographed. Shortly later, the Fish Commission announced that this was the largest brown trout ever caught in Pennsylvania on a dry fly. Does this fish still hold this distinction today? I don’t know - perhaps. I think every fly fisherman dreams of that fish of a lifetime; a fish that takes perseverance and effort to finally catch.

Ed KochThis was Ed Koch’s fish of a lifetime and he had it displayed in his fly shop where it still hangs today. In the future, this famous fish from the golden era of Cumberland Valley fly fishing will likely be part of the collection of the Pennsylvania Museum of Fly Fishing where it will continue to remind us that a fish of a lifetime is out there…. waiting for us to make that perfect cast.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Museum of Fly Fishing


Excerpts and black and white photo above from:
This Wonderful World of Trout, by Charles K. Fox
Rockville Center NY: Freshet Press, pp 172-178






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 02/19/2012 (1410 reads)

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Adam Kryder, Lucas Carroll & Matt Smythe are in production of a winter fly fishing film called "No Off-Season". The guys have put together a BTS show reel as they are shooting this winter. I had a chance to catch up with the guys at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset and enjoyed hearing more about the project. You can follow more on the Raw Water Productions blog.

I am looking forward to more updates from the guys.






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