Pennsylvania Fly Fishing

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...

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.

The Fly Fishing Tailgater - Flame On

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 DSF6800 What makes for a good day fly fishing? Well an awesome hatch and some tight lines of course. But what can make it even better is having a juicy cheeseburger or some brats before the evening hatch begins. A good fly fishing tailgater can make a good day of fly fishing into an even better experience.

I have tailgated at plenty of football games, but Maurice was the one that first got the chillin and grillin going for me while we were fishing up on Penns Creek years ago. Nothing beats grilled hot dogs, icy cold beer and some Rolling Stones while getting ready for the evening show. I was pretty easily convinced that loading the grill for any one of our day-long Lewis and Clarke expeditions was mandatory. Without a doubt it beats the smashed-up soggy ham sandwiches I was content with for years.

Often we head out for a long day of...

Where to Fly Fish in Montana? A DIY Trip Guide - Part 1

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Screen Shot 2022 03 10 at 112117 AM By Brian McGeehan

As a Montana fly fishing outfitter – the majority of my time from November through April is spent helping our guests plan trips for the following season. Montana is a very large target with a huge variety of fisheries so it can be a daunting challenge to folks visiting for the first time. When Dave Kile asked me to put together a guide for planning a trip our way I decided to break it into two parts do to the breadth and diversity of what Montana has to offer and what different people want out of their trip.

One of the aspects of trip planning in the Big Sky state is that we have such a huge variety of different rivers, streams, still waters and spring creeks. Each type of fishery has different peak seasons, different characters and different tactics that are best used. This post will...

2022 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp

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Screen Shot 2022 02 17 at 93420 AM For almost 30 years Cumberland Valley TU has sponsored the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp. It is a wonderful program supported by many expert volunteers from the fly fishing community for teens to gain a wide range of knowledge about entomology, wetlands, ecology, hydrogeology, aquatic invertebrates, hydrology, watersheds, the biology of pollution, trout behavior and stream restoration. There are many sessions that take place on the stream or outside during the week.

The instructors in the program often include leading experts including many from state agencies like the PFBC, DEP and DCNR. The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited sponsors the program with help from the Cumberland Valley TU.

Every morning and evening the participants are given the opportunity to fly fish the catch and release section of Yellow Breeches where they stay for the week...

Nymph Fly Fishing with Dave Rothrock Webinar

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The spring kicks off the fly fishing season. Aquatic insects start making their move with warmer waters and anticipation of their emergence out of the water. Trout are equally actively feeding on nymphs for the vast majority of their diet.

In this webinar, Dave Rothrock and Dave Kile will have a conversation about some technics and approaches to spring nymphing. Dave Rothrock will discuss How to Set Up a Drop Shot Nymph Rig to get the best results as well as plenty of other ideas.

So join Dave and Dave for a fun and casual conversation about Spring Nymphing in Pennsylvania.

Topics
• How to Set Up a Drop Shot Nymph Rig
• Seasonal hatches and trout food
• Types of nymph patterns
• Wild vs stocked trout behavior
• Your questions and answers

Dave Rothrock
Dave has been fly-fishing across Pennsylvania for over 50 years. He is an accomplished angler and casting instructor. He is a passionate fly...
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