Pennsylvania Fly Fishing

John's Brown Bass

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HF21 JOHN BROWN’S BASS
By
Dave Weaver
Photographs and artwork courtesy of the author
Harper’s Ferry is a quiet place where the gentle hiss of river current is the only consistent sound, especially at night. It was a century and a half ago on the night of October 16th, 1859 as less than two dozen men, led by the messianic abolitionist from Kansas, John Brown, crossed the Potomac and slipped into the town streets to initiate what Brown believed would be the end of slavery in America. A staunch Calvinist who believed that he was on a mission from God to end slavery, Brown intended to bring to life his favorite passage from the Bible: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” The sin of slavery would be paid for with Brown’s own blood if need be.

Thomas Jefferson said that the view from Harper’s Ferry Virginia (now West Virginia) where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers join was so...

John's Brown Bass

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HF21 JOHN BROWN’S BASS
By
Dave Weaver
Photographs and artwork courtesy of the author
Harper’s Ferry is a quiet place where the gentle hiss of river current is the only consistent sound, especially at night. It was a century and a half ago on the night of October 16th, 1859 as less than two dozen men, led by the messianic abolitionist from Kansas, John Brown, crossed the Potomac and slipped into the town streets to initiate what Brown believed would be the end of slavery in America. A staunch Calvinist who believed that he was on a mission from God to end slavery, Brown intended to bring to life his favorite passage from the Bible: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” The sin of slavery would be paid for with Brown’s own blood if need be.

Thomas Jefferson said that the view from Harper’s Ferry Virginia (now West Virginia) where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers join was so...

John Browns's Bass - Part 2

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Part 1

Some years prior to this bloody drama, likely in the summer of 1853, railroad workers on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad gathered some smallmouth bass from somewhere in the fish’s native range in the Ohio River basin. According to some accounts, these fish were placed in water buckets near Pittsburgh, taken eastward by train, and eventually released in the upper Potomac near Cumberland, several dozen miles upriver from Harper’s Ferry.

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Today such introduction of non-native species, frowned on as it is, wouldn’t be considered beneficial and the new invaders would likely be targeted for eradication, much as the “snakehead” fish are targeted today in the lower, tidal reaches of the river where they have been illegally introduced in recent years. In the nineteenth century...

Hank To Alaska! 1000 Fish In A Day

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Whenever I think my fly fishing efforts seem to be floundering I can count on Hank Patterson to keep it real.

How to Clean Your Fly Line

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After a busy spring and early summer of fly-fishing, or at the end of the season is a good time to give your gear a little attention. Your fly line especially could use some love during the year.

The UV rays of the sun and common chemicals can break down your fly line over time. Sunscreen and the deet in your insect repellent can easily do the most common damage. After a short time even mud, salt, and dirty water can weaken the effectiveness of your line unless you are periodically cleaning and treating them carefully.

In this video, Brian Flechsig at Mad River Outfitters offers a detailed step-by-step guide on how to clean your fly line and why you should do so!

My Journey to Catch the Frankenfish

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By Frederick

The "Frankenfish!" Chances are you have heard this name on your local news channel or on some overdramatized fishing show. The snakehead has received a lot of sensationalism by the media over the years with a lot of it misleading or greatly exaggerated. The snakehead is just a fish. They can’t walk on land to eat your pets and they don’t spawn five times a year. Just recently, John Odenkirk, the leading biologist on the Northern snakehead's impact on the Potomac with over 15 years of research has recently stated that he does not see the Northern snakehead as an invasive species anymore.

For a fish species to be considered invasive, it has to cause economic or environmental harm. To date, there is no scientific evidence to show that this fish is causing harm to the economy or existing...

Fly Fishing The Little Juniata River with Bill Anderson

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The Little Juniata River (The Little J) is regarded by many as one of the top naturally reproducing trout waters in Pennsylvania. It has a remarkable story of how over 15 miles of a cold water fishery has transformed and overcome countless adversities since the 1970s.

Bill Anderson, President of the Little Juniata River Association, has been an instrumental force for river conservation on the Little J since 2004. Bill and the LJRA have been recognized for their conservation success. Enjoy this presentation as he covers the back story that makes this river such a fly fishing success today.

In addition, Bill reviews the hatches, trout studies and locations along The Little J and its tributaries.

Central Pennsylvania Trip Report April 2022

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20220409 130507 06 Last weekend I was back up for a few days of fun with Rick Nyles and the guys from Sky Blue Outfitters on a friend's trip to Central Pennsylvania. In 2021 we had some tremendous luck fly fishing with some outstanding weather and Grannoms. This year the weather was certainly different and called for us to change some things up for the trip.

Earlier in the week most of the state got pounded with about 1-2 inches of rain from an approaching cold front. This pushed streams like Penns and Bald Eagle well over 1000 CFS, which is not practical for fishing. Not to worry as Rick had several backup ideas for some locations with clearer and lower water in the region. A fellow longtime friend of the site Foxgap239 joined us for the weekend and the three of us took on the stream.


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The Little J and Bill Anderson - Webinar on April 19th

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Bill The Little Juniata River (The Little J) is regarded by many as one of the top naturally reproducing trout waters in Pennsylvania. It has a remarkable story of how over 15 miles of a cold water fishery has transformed and overcome countless adversities since the 1970s.

Bill Anderson, President of the Little Juniata River Association (LJRA), has been an instrumental force for river conservation on the Little J since 2004. Bill and the LJRA have been recognized for their conservation success.

Join me on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 at 7:30 PM for another awesome webinar by Paflyfish when Bill covers the success, secrets, and future of this wonderful trout fishery in Central Pennsylvania.

This is bound to be a very popular event so register early - https://bit.ly/3ip9Biw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Instructions for tying an EP Adams Dry Fly

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Another great tying video from Tim Flagler at Tightline Videos. One of my favorite goto flies and a superb generic to use. I like the EP variation.

More videos can be found on this YouTube page here.
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