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Spring Nymphing in Pennsylvania Webinar on February 8th, 2022

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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...

Dressing for Cold Weather Fly Fishing

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4279531493 f1007e7064 z While winter fly fishing, I have rarely said I overdressed for a day outside. More often I wished I had been better prepared. I was fishing Muddy Creek a few winters back for the better part of the day trip with Maurice on one of our all-day Lewis and Clark expeditions. The mild pleasant morning changed over to a pretty cool cloudy day. I failed to have some proper thick wool socks and it made for some pretty cold feet after a few hours in the stream. Sadly, I knew better and told myself I would let that happen again.

Temperature, sun and wind can make huge variables when gearing for some winter fly fishing. Standing in 45-degree water can set you back pretty quickly too. You've heard it before, but I'll offer it again: layers, layers, and more layers. The most important way to keep yourself prepared is with the proper layers.

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Try Some Winter Fly Fishing

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Winter Fly Fishing - what do I do?

With colder weather, many give up on angling, but with the fall clean-up finished it can be a good time to explore new fly fishing opportunities. December is the time to get a new fishing license and break out a map.

Where
No secrets, but there are plenty of streams across the region that are open year-round that are often stocked in the fall or have naturally reproducing trout. Some really good opportunities can be found in the limestone spring feed streams too. They generally hold good water temperatures and some of the more challenging fly fishing opportunities. Take a little time and do some research for something new there are plenty of places to explore here in the forums!

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Any day works as compared to moving your old soccer trophies in the...

Multi Species in the Autumn Transition Zone

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Large Pennsylvania streams and rivers in October and November can provide an interesting grab bag of fish that might munch our flies, and big weedless streamers are the way to go. For many Pennsylvania fly fishermen, October and November are months when they return to stream trout fishing, if they ever left. In particular, years such as this one magnify this effect as we have spent what seems like many months waiting for rain and cooler temperatures and are especially eager to get back out for trout. Some fly fishers gave the river bass game a go-round during summer, but soon are back on trout streams as the days get shorter and colder. Few die hard fly fishers stick with bass by late October. Try checking out a mid-...

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!

Fly Fishing: Everyday Carry Essentials (EDC)

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Every few years the topic comes up about what are the essential everyday carry (EDC) items you want to have while on the stream. These are not fishing items, but things you might carry for safety and are just common sense. Here are some ideas on what I carry and the waterproof sports case that I use for just this purpose.

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For more ideas on first aid and everyday carry, ideas check out the forum here.​

Fly Fishing YouTube Channels in the Pennsylvania Region

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There are several fly fishing anglers in Pennsylvania region who are producing some regular videos on YouTube. Some are creating regular fly fishing channels and others are simply sharing some of the occasional angling experiences. A lot of credit for anyone trying to shoot good video on the stream and make an engaging YouTube post. Here are a few of the regional YouTuber's I enjoy.

Wooly Bugged is a production by Michael Evanko does a great job covering many corners of Pennsylvania and New York. A fun view when I'm stuck inside and not able to get to a stream. You can see he put's a lot of nice effort into the production of these videos.


A long time favorite for me is Tightline Video. Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions and has been producing fly fishing for many years. Looking at my old blog post, I think I shared one his early video's back in 2011 - Meet the...

Fly Fishing Boxes and the ShamWow Guy is No Help

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Dave, I love it. Good one!

Fly Fishing Photography: Getting the Shot with Corey Rich

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The next time you go fly fishing and bring along $10,000 worth of photo gear here are a few tips to capture some images on the water. Well I don't encourage anyone to spend that kind of money for your photo gear, it would take away from all the money you should spend on fly fishing rods, but there are a few good tips in the video. Many of you do run around, wisely I might add, with some waterproof point and shoots while you fish. Adorama is a very good online camera store out of NYC. They also offer plenty of educational videos about photography on the YouTubes. It's not often you find many tips on fly fishing photo techniques. Worth a look if you would like to drool over some high end gear too.



Hank Patterson's 8 Steps To Better Nymph Fishing

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Just when the trout season slows down in Pennsylvania, Hank Patterson returns with some important pointers on nymph fishing. So get off the vice and and kick back for another episode of The Reel Adventures With Fly Fishing Expert Hank Patterson.
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