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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/11/2 (1161 reads)
Most entomologist and anglers would agree that trout feed most of the time under water and mastery of nymphing can be a very productive.

Czech Nymphing has been discussed for a while, but recently brought to my attention by Ken Sperry over at Fly Fishing Reporter about this European style of fly fishing. The biggest difference in this method of nymphing is using up to four nymphs 18" to 24" inches off a dropper rig. Very similar to the often used tandem dry fly and emerger rigs used here.

Presentation is very similar to our high sticking a nine foot rod with an an arm outstretched with a very short drift. Strike indicators are often a part of a set-up.

These weighted nymphs are tied with gammarus hooks, lead wires and traditional natural and synthetic materials. Imitations are based on freshwater scud, larvae or swanky coloring in size #10-#12 hooks. Local nymph imitations with some Czech style modifactions would work best. The video below by Johan Klingberg demonstrates tying a proper Czech nymph.

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2009/10/27 (1002 reads)
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We have some fantastic anglers on this site and many who have shared some wonderful images from their fly fishing experiences. Whether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, we invite you to participate in the PaFlyFish.com photo contest, recognizing the beauty and character of Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania.

There are just a few days left to enter a photograph for the PaFlyFish Photo Contest. There have been many wonderful pictures entered already. Please have all pictures entered before October 31, at 12:00 PM EST.

There have been some people having problems entering pictures. If you do encounter any issues please email me you picture at info@paflyfish.com . I reminder that only one picture may be entered per person.

Full details can be found here: http://www.paflyfish.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=82
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/10/21 (3503 reads)


For all of you already enjoying or getting ready to hit the Erie tributaries for Steelhead fishing, here is a quick video of some action on Twenty Mile Creek. Thanks to 1BurtonBoy1 on You Tube for the video production...rock on!
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/10/16 (1313 reads)
PFBC Strategic Plan for Trout Management
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently released the 2010-2014 Strategic Plan for Trout Management. The plan covers 64 pages Pennsylvania's vision, issues and strategic direction for the management of Pennsylvania's trout populations across the state.

Topics include:
• Defining trout waters
• Review of past management strategies
• Management of wild trout waters
• Goals for trout management

I wouldn’t call this a good read by any stretch of the imagination, but any angler would appreciate the detail and process the PFBC takes to manage the trout waters across Pennsylvania. I enjoyed many details about the scope and scale of the cold-water resources found in all parts of the state.

A pdf copy of the report can be downloaded here.

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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/10/5 (910 reads)
Fish Can't Read
The debut issue of a new on-line Internet magazine Fish Can't Read read appeared a few weeks ago. The site provides a nice mix of articles, stories, commentary and photography. Contributors on the site inlcude Adam Barker, Quinn Grover and Alex Landeen. Alex can be found on another blog which I enjoy Fat Guy Fly Fishing. The photography is worth the click. Good luck guys.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/9/30 (1228 reads)
Fly Tying Website that really Cooks!
Do you have a klinkhammer in your box? Well if you don't Joe Mathis can show you how to tie one.

Joe has created FlyRecipes.com, a website for anglers to collaborate and provide instructions on how to tie thousands of different types of flies. His site FlyRecipes.com is an incredible resource for fly tiers. Some of the recipes include some amazing photographic instructions.

One of the amazing contributors to the site is PikeFFArticles from Finland (He has is own blog named Pike Fly Fishing Articles which I need to check out next). Take a look at his Widow Angel Pike Streamer it looks like a piece of artwork.

With the help of folks from YouTube, Joe is assembling an impressive video library as well. You really need to check out the site for some of these really cool flies.

Fly Recipes Site Contains: Over 2000 Recipes, Over 300 Videos, Trophies Photo Section and Forum.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/9/28 (1063 reads)
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Who are the faces of fly fishing’s future? Where are the anglers, explorers, fly tiers, film makers, and conservationists who are making fly fishing not only a sport, but their life’s calling? Is there another Lefty Kreh, Joe Brooks, or Lee Wulff waiting in the shadows?

American Angler wants to know your thoughts on the matter, with only one criteria: All candidates must be 40 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2009. American angler is looking to identify the next generation of fly-fishing innovators— the true young guns of the industry—and they will include your collective input in a cover story to be featured in an upcoming issue of American Angler.

Submit your nominations here at American Angler.

Have any suggestions...leave a comment.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/9/25 (1114 reads)
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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has been pretty quiet over the last year with news releases. Not sure of the of the reason, but like many things I am sure the economy has something to do with it.

Here is a link to the Minutes and Agenda for the upcoming meeting October 5-6. Be sure to keep informed and provide your voice.

The one topic of strong interest to many anglers will be the removal of Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Designation on Fishing Creek. Not sure there is much to say, but it would be nice to hear how to resolve this issues in the future and add back to what we have to give up.

"The Commission implemented Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations on Fishing Creek, Section 04, beginning with the 2002 season. The project currently extends approximately 0.7 miles from the upstream Kriebel property line downstream to a point located 180 yards upstream from the Benton Borough line. Most of the riparian area along the project is a farm field that belongs to a single landowner. A new owner purchased this field in the spring of 2009 and posted it against public access. All efforts by staff, a local official and local sportsmen’s groups to change the new owner’s mind have failed." - PFBC
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/9/23 (4127 reads)
There is a hatch in my iPhone
I was looking through some pictures my friend LukeC had posted on Flickr. I really admire his photography as they are mostly beautiful pictures of bugs, fish and tying flies. All good things any angler would enjoy. He caught my attention when he posted a picture of a screen capture from an iPhone for an application called The Hatch V2.0. Anxious to learn more I download the application immediately.

The Hatch for the iPhone and iPod Touch was recently released by Cory Pratt. The application provides hatch charts for you to carry with you while on the stream and includes some photographs of insects. With the recent update there are now 33 states and 300 rivers. Six of Pennsylvania’s more popular streams have now been added including: Fishing Creek, Letort Spring, Little Lehigh, Penns Creek, Slate Run and Spruce Creek.

The application provides a very straightforward way of selecting your month, state and river to access a very thorough hatch list.

The Hatch works off line so it will function if you are using an iPod Touch too. The hatch information is relatively brief and concise. If you have Internet access, there are additional suggested imitations via a link that takes you to Flyrecipes.com.

There are still more insect photographs and streams to be added, but Cory admittedly is asking for comments and feedback at his website which can be found at here. Found at the http://iTunes.com/apps/thehatch" rel="external" title="">iTunes store for the price of $0.99 your can take The Hatch with you on the stream. There is a free "lite" version to try out too!

Some of LukeC’s pictures are used in The Hatch application and more of his wonderful fly-fishing photography can be found here on Flickr.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 2009/9/21 (2060 reads)
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Fall fly fishing in Pennsylvania offers anglers a unique opportunity to enjoy cool colorful days on some magnificent streams. Many anglers enjoy the solitude of fall fishing as other are caught up with other fall activities. A little bit of preparation can be a rewarding opportunity for those who can make the time.

Reproduction plays an important part of the trout lifecycle during the fall months for both book and brown trout. Brook trout, native to Pennsylvania, usually begin to spawn during the day in late September through October. Brown trout typically start spawning in October through late November. Females will often create gravel beds for the fertilized eggs called redds. During this time coloring on the trout will intensify especially in the males.

As the trout begin to change so does entomology or insect life in the stream. Activity will be different from region to region, stream size, summer water temperatures, and geology. The fall provides a more limited selection of insects and often anglers enjoy bringing a more modest selection of flies and imitations. Some of the more popular collections include: Slate Drakes, BWO, Caddis and Terrestrials. Typical nymphs and streamers are very successful and smart choice too.

The fast spring waters can take a new characteristic and a different approach once September arrives. Low clear water can create a challenge for some anglers, but stealth and patience can provide many rewards.

With summer holder over trout and newly stocked trout in almost 100 streams there should be ample opportunity for solitude and fish this autumn. Check out the PaFlyFish forums and stream reports to learn more about what is happening in your area of the state.

Photograph by PaulG
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