Pennsylvania Fly Fishing

Vote for the Best Fly Fishing Town in Pennsylvania 2024

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Frequently on Paflyfish, the question arises as to which is the best fly fishing town in Pennsylvania. It's a fun debate based on a lot of personal characteristics that determine what makes the best town. The last time we took a vote, Bellefonte was selected several years ago. However, times have changed, and it's time for another vote.

Some criteria for the best town could be:
- Fly fishing streams
- Nearby fly shops
- Food options including restaurants, taverns, and bars
- Overnight options such as campgrounds, Airbnbs, or hotels
- Travel distances to the town
- Or whatever inspires you for your favorite town!

Of course, when we are picking a town, this could include a village, hamlet, township, or other community in the state.

A thread was created, and nominations were taken for our top town vote. It was nice to hear calls for Ansonia and Hinkletown, but sadly, there wasn't enough support. However, we did receive the most support for Boiling Springs, Carlisle, Cross...

Vote for the Best Fly Fishing Town in Pennsylvania 2024

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Frequently on Paflyfish, the question arises as to which is the best fly fishing town in Pennsylvania. It's a fun debate based on a lot of personal characteristics that determine what makes the best town. The last time we took a vote, Bellefonte was selected several years ago. However, times have changed, and it's time for another vote.

Some criteria for the best town could be:
- Fly fishing streams
- Nearby fly shops
- Food options including restaurants, taverns, and bars
- Overnight options such as campgrounds, Airbnbs, or hotels
- Travel distances to the town
- Or whatever inspires you for your favorite town!

Of course, when we are picking a town, this could include a village, hamlet, township, or other community in the state.

A thread was created, and nominations were taken for our top town vote. It was nice to hear calls for Ansonia and Hinkletown, but sadly, there wasn't enough support. However, we did receive the most support for Boiling Springs, Carlisle, Cross...

March Brown Dry Fly Pattern by Gary Morin

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Eastern March Browns (Maccaffertium vicarium) are a spring mayfly that can be found in many streams throughout Pennsylvania. They are predominantly found in Central Pennsylvania's popular streams like Penns, Middle, Big Fishing, and others.

Once thought to be a separate species, Gray Foxes are a little smaller and look similar to the March Brown, but have been identified through DNA to be the same species. Some will tie a very different pattern for a Gray Fox pattern depending on the stream.

March Browns are one of the first large mayflies to emerge, starting as early as late April and going into early May. Unlike many other hatches, they will often emerge throughout the day rather than at an expected time. They offer a great evening spinner fall when returning to lay their eggs. I like a rather large Rusty Brown Spinner pattern when the time is right.

Here is a nice pattern by Gary Morin found on his...

Fishy Intentions on a Pa Keystone Select Stream

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I enjoy many of the YouTube videos posted about fly fishing in Pennsylvania. A long-time member of PaFlyFish, @mute has been posting his videos for several years on his channel Fishy Intentions. He covers all kinds of streams, mostly from Southeastern Pennsylvania. I like the streams that are covered because he shares a great mix of all types of trout fly fishing that you find in the state. It really represents all the different waters and trout species. He also seems quite proficient at finding and catching palomino trout.

His latest video covers a recent day trip to a Keystone Select stream and some of the action with him and his friends. @mute also has a blog called Fishy Intentions where he posts details about his fishing trips.

Nominations for the Best Fly Fishing Town in Pennsylvania 2024

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A recently resurrected topic has inspired me to explore the idea of the "Best Fly Fishing Town in Pennsylvania." This question was asked and a poll taken back in 2009, but it is time to see if it's time to crown a new town for the illustrious title.

I'm asking for nominations before I set up a poll to vote on the "Best Fly Fishing Town in Pennsylvania." Please feel free to post your favorite town and what makes it a special fly fishing town. Yes, it should be a town in Pennsylvania.

Some criteria for the best town could be:
Fly fishing streams
Nearby fly shops
Food options including restaurants, taverns, and bars
Overnight options for campgrounds, Airbnbs, or hotels
Travel distances to the town
or whatever inspires you for your favorite town

We will leave nominations open for a couple of weeks. Afterward, I will close the thread and tally up the top nominees. I will take the top five nominees and create a new thread with a poll to determine our winner...

Penns Creek, Hatch Factory with Rick Nyles - Recorded Webinar

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Penns Creek, Hatch Factory with Rick Nyles
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.
Recorded November 7, 2022

Fly Fishing Getting Started - The Caddisflies

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Trout enjoy a wide array of food, with insects being more popular. While mayflies (Ephemeroptera) enjoy much of the spotlight, caddisflies (Trichoptera) are incredibly plentiful in waters across the region. Not always the preferred insect of fly anglers, mostly due to a lack of familiarity.

Caddisflies are hardy insects and have thrived in streams that have been decimated by pollution. Streams like the Tulpehocken, Oil Creek, and Casselman are just a few streams known for their abundant caddisfly populations in our region. For many of these streams, the caddisfly is so prolific that mayflies are often an afterthought for anglers.

The caddisfly behavior is a little less predictable and is certainly one of the reasons it is not as popular for many anglers. Many mayflies can be timed to within a few days and hours. The Green Drakes on Penn's Creek are revered by anglers the same way the...

Join Us for the Paflyfish Spring Jamboree Weekend May 17-19, 2024

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Mark your calendars for Friday, May 17, as we kick off the much-awaited Paflyfish Spring Jamboree Weekend at the scenic Seven Mountains Campground. It's that time of the year again when members of our community gather for a fantastic blend of fly fishing, fly tying, camping, and camaraderie. Set against the backdrop of Pennsylvania's pristine streams, including renowned spots like the Little J, Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, and more, it promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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The heart of our weekend rendezvous lies at the pavilion, rented by Paflyfish, serving as our central hub for meet-ups, impromptu conversations, and fly-tying sessions. While we won't be organizing any formal speakers or activities this time around, rest assured, there's no shortage of...

Advanced Streamer Tactics | How To

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In this detailed video, Tom Rosenbauer discusses the changes that have occurred to streamer fly fishing to help you catch more and bigger trout.Check out the Orvis Learning Centre: https://howtoflyfish.orvis.com

Backcountry fishing in Yellowstone National Park | Montana Angler

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By Brian McGeehan at Montana Angler Fly Fishing

No fly-fishing trip to Montana is complete without a visit to Yellowstone National Park. The world’s first national park, established by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1872, is as iconic for its wild trout populations as it is for its geysers, bison and grizzly bears. Anglers visiting Yellowstone have a broad variety of waters to fish, with backcountry outings offering some of the most exceptional fishing in the park.

The Yellowstone backcountry encompasses an incredible diversity of fishing opportunities within its 3,468 square miles, including alpine lakes, spring creeks, broad rivers and tumbling streams. The Yellowstone River alone provides countless angling opportunities as it flows from its headwaters in the Thorofare region to...
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