Fall Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania 2009Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 09/21/2009 (2239 reads)
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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