Pennsylvania Fly Fishing

Understand the Life Cycle of Mayflies for Trout Fishing

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Introduction:
Trout are one of the most sought-after fish species for fly fishing. Understanding the life cycle of mayflies, an essential food source for trout, is crucial for successful fishing. In this basic guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mayflies and how to use their life cycle to your advantage while fly fishing.

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Mayfly Basics:
Mayflies, also known as ephemeropterans, are aquatic insects that are found in freshwater environments. They have a unique and short lifespan, making them a crucial part of the aquatic food chain. The life cycle of a mayfly consists of three stages: egg, nymph, and adult.

The Egg Stage:
Mayflies lay their eggs in freshwater, usually in the evening. The eggs then sink to the bottom of the river or lake where they will hatch into nymphs.
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Understand the Life Cycle of Mayflies for Trout Fishing

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Introduction:
Trout are one of the most sought-after fish species for fly fishing. Understanding the life cycle of mayflies, an essential food source for trout, is crucial for successful fishing. In this basic guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mayflies and how to use their life cycle to your advantage while fly fishing.

Green Drake

Green Drake

Mayfly Basics:
Mayflies, also known as ephemeropterans, are aquatic insects that are found in freshwater environments. They have a unique and short lifespan, making them a crucial part of the aquatic food chain. The life cycle of a mayfly consists of three stages: egg, nymph, and adult.

The Egg Stage:
Mayflies lay their eggs in freshwater, usually in the evening. The eggs then sink to the bottom of the river or lake where they will hatch into nymphs.
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PFBC Musky Program

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An inside look at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Muskellunge (Musky) program. This video outlines the process from collecting wild brood stock, to spawning and stocking Pennsylvania's largest species of game fish.


Species Overview from the PFBC
A voracious predator, the Muskellunge is one of Pennsylvania’s largest and fastest-growing fish, with the state record standing at over 54 pounds. The Muskellunge’s original North American range was the St. Lawrence River, throughout the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay, and the Mississippi River basin, but it has been widely propagated and stocked elsewhere for sport fishing. In Pennsylvania, Muskies were originally restricted to the northwest region, the Lake Erie and Ohio River watersheds, especially in the large glacier-formed lakes, like Conneaut Lake in Crawford County and Presque Isle Bay in Lake Erie. The species name...

The Fly Fishing Shows 2023

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Winter can be a long and less inspiring time for many anglers. The colder weather has a pretty low ROF (return on fun). Some focus their time tying flies or bantering on the forums. The Fly Fishing Shows can be a bright spot for many looking to get into the fly fishing mindset with some fellow anglers. They are highly regarded as an opportunity to check new gear, but the shows hold so much more!

It is a great event if you are looking for trips, rods, reels, flies, waders, tying materials, or any fly fishing gear. More importantly, in today's online world, it is the best way to get face-to-face with manufacturers, vendors, and industry experts.

Each of the shows is a multi-day event that includes a very large exhibit floor, fly tiers, retail shops, and plenty of educational programs. The outstanding classes are led by some of the best pros in the business. Many of your...

The Annual Paflyfish Spring Jamboree is set for May 19-21, 2023

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Friday, May 19 is the start of our meetup for the Paflyfish Spring Jamboree Weekend at the Seven Mountains Campground. This is our annual get-together for members of the site to fly fish, tie flies, camp, and share a few stories. We have a lot of fun fishing over some of Pennsylvania's finest streams including the Little J, Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, and plenty more in the region.

The pavilion at Seven Mountains Campground is rented by Paflyfish and is used as a meeting point during the weekend. Plenty of impromptu conversations, fly-tying, and meet-ups occur at the pavilion.

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The weekend is a casual event with fly fishing in a great region of Pennsylvania. As with every year, we will be meeting up in the evenings at the pavilion to catch up on the day's fishing trips. Friday and Saturday mornings we meet for coffee and plan...

EZ-P Wader Zipper

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This past year Bill Anderson and I held a webinar on Paflyfish about the Little Juniata. Bill is a great guy and has done wonderful work leading the charge for protecting that waterway and the wild trout found in those waters. During the presentation, Bill shared his side project of the EZ-P Wader Zipper. A wonderful addition to your waders that offers you some quick easy relief when you need it the most. The EZ-P Wader Zipper is a very sturdy and waterproof zipper installed below the waistline on your waders and completely sealed once installed. I have tried them and like them so far. I purchased this from Bill in early December. It took about one week to send out my waders and get them back.

Check out this other review on Angling Trade.
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Seven Ideas For Cabin Fever This Winter

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By Alex Ciocca


With the long winter season coming up ahead of us combined with virus restrictions many of us will be experiencing a little more cabin fever than usual this year. Rather than give in to the seasonal drag this is the time to really bolster that dry fly box and do all your typical winter activities. To help breathe some life into your yearly winter routine I’ve compiled a list of some challenges and activities to help get you through the cold season and defeat cabin fever.

1. Try New Tying Goals
While tying is the standard winter activity, maybe this is the year to change it up a little bit. The box expansion will in turn change up your selection while fishing and you just might find that new confidence pattern you’ve been looking for! The challenge is as follows: Tie 3 new patterns of each respective style (streamer, dry, nymph, etc.). This is the time to...

Infinity Bottle: Creating Your Home Bourbon Blending

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While I’m not a bourbon aficionado, I have been a fan of the spirits since I was in college. Typically with my friends, we would enjoy Saturday football games on TV, play cards along with a Jim Beam and ginger ale. A simpler time and less sophisticated taste, but one of my better memories.

The more recent popular interest in bourbon has added many new distilleries, but also provides the opportunity for me to explore a lot of labels that have been around for decades.

I keep a decent collection of about ten to fifteen different bourbons on hand. Plenty of options for mixing, on the rocks, or some just for sipping neat. One of the inspirations for collecting bourbons is my friend Ed and his 62 different brands. We just counted this on Thursday night. I don’t have a bar big enough to...

Penns Creek, Hatch Factory with Rick Nyles

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Rick Nyles of Sky Blue Outfitters joins Dave Kile of Paflyfish to share his 35 years of experience fishing Penns Creek in Central Pennsylvania. It is no secret that Penns Creek is regarded as one of Pennsylvania’s premier wild trout waterways. This status comes out of respect for the challenge and intrigue this stream has for anglers. If you want to learn more about this fantastic trout stream. Rick will cover the prolific bug life, the seasonal fishing and the overall stream tips. An exciting recorded webinar not to be missed.

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The Best Fly-Fishing Gear Under $50

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As fly fishing anglers, we have different needs than other anglers. While we eye up and even scrutinize bigger ticket items this doesn’t leave much for friends and family to pick up for us during the Holidays. Here are some of my favorite accessories and many I keep as doubles so I can easily move between my fly fishing hip bag and pack vest.

Headlamp - Black Diamond Sprint 225 Headlamp
This isn’t just for night fishing, but for when you are hiking back to your vehicle. No fun stumbling through the brush at dusk. $49.95 at Amazon

Wader Chains - Yaktrax Traction Chains for Walking on Ice and Snow
These were my favorite buy over the last year and a recommendation from @Bruno . They are easy on and off. Most importantly really help on those slippery rocks. $29.95 at Amazon

Clip on Magnifiers - Clip on...
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