Fly Fishing

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.

• 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...

How To Fly Fish Midges In The Winter

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In this episode of RIO's "How To Fly Fish" series, Chris Walker heads out into the winter snows to fish for trout with midges on the Henry's Fork. In the coldest months there are few opportunities to fish for trout with dry flies, but midges can provide some excellent dry fly opportunities.

In this film Chris explains where to look for feeding fish, and talks about the best time of day to maximize the chances of finding dry fly feeders in winter. Having found a few, Chris then demonstrates how to fish with both dry fly and pupa, showing exactly how to catch trout with both.

Clearly explained in Chris's easy-going, simple-to-understand style, this is a great film for anyone wanting to get outside in the winter and go and catch some trout.

RIO's "How To Fly Fish" videos are a series of short films that explain all you need to know to learn a particular way to fish or cast. Where applicable, each...

Conquer the Cold: The theory of bigger being sometimes better

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George Daniel
by Guest: George Daniel

There are no absolutes in fly fishing and that’s why I refer to this approach as a theory. While this “theory” produces good results, there will be times you will have to adjust your way of thinking as there are no absolutes in fly fishing. What I’m referring to is trying to get inside the mind of a wintertime feeding trout. Think about it, wintertime is a period when these cold blooded critter’s feeding habits slow down as water temperatures drop. In many river systems, trout begin to drop back into the slower moving bodies of water in an effort to expend less energy. Although their metabolisms may slow down, feeding is still on their mind and the wintertime can be the right time for the angler to venture out to the river. Often the most popular sections are void of anglers and I’ve had several days where the action would rival a May sulphur hatch. A...

Green Drakes - May Madness for Fly Fishing

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 XT41661 I was looking through my photographs from last year and found a Green Drake snapshot, which is one of my favorites. Green Drakes (Ephemera guttulata) is one of my favorite flies to observe, too.

I say observe as I usually find myself on Penns Creek fishing while a huge Green Drake hatch is coming off and I am doing anything but catching a lot of trout. The mixed hatches that occur during this time of year are exciting and frustrating as many anglers would agree.

So this year I am going to stop practicing the fine art of talking to myself during the hatch and I might even throw on a sulphur or a should I dare say an emerger on during the madness?

The Green Drakes can start showing up around May 20th and are complemented by the Coffin Fly spinners which provide equal splendor during this time of year. So sit back and get ready to enjoy the show.

Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Shops

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I know this information is out of date. Please let me know if you have any updates please help. But if you know of a new fly fish shop, please provide details other than the name. January 9, 2022

Precision Fly and Tackle
502 North Baltimore Ave
Mt. Holly Pa 17065

Precision Fly and Tackle
1957 Fruitville Pike,
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 486-4646

Contented Angler
147 Jefferson Drive
Lower Burrell, PA 15068
(724) 337-0437

217 Main Ave
Hawley, PA 18428

A.A. Outfitters
HC1 Box 1030
Blakeslee, Pa. 18610

Anglers Pro Shop
3361 Bethlehem Pike
Souderton, PA 18964

Dunkelbergers Sports Outfitter
585 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Northeast Flyfishers
923 Main St.
Honesdale, PA 18431

Davis Sporting Goods
9 Charleston St.
Wellsboro, PA, 16901

Kettle Creek Tackle Shop
17 Kettle Creek Tackle Lane
Hammersley Fork, PA 17764
(570) 923-1416

Evening Hatch Flyfishing...

Pennsylvania Hatch Chart

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Hatch Common NameHook SizeStart DateStart timeLatin Name
Little Blue Winged Olive16-2015-Mar10:00 AM - 4:00 PMEphemerella & Baetis
Blue Quill16-1817-Apr11:30 AM - 3:00 PMParaleptophlebia adoptiva
Quill Gordon12-1417-Apr1:30 PM - 6:30 PMEpeorus pleuralis
Hendrickson Female1219-Apr2:00 PM - 6:30 PMEphemerella subvaria
Red Quill Male1419-Apr2:00 PM - 6:30 PMEphemerella subvaria
Sulphurs14-1610-May7:00 PMEphemerella rotunda, dorthea, & others
March Brown10-1212-MayAll DayStenonema...

Going to be a Dental Floss Tycoon a Montana Trip Report

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I figured it appropriate to name this trip report after one of my favorite musicians' work (Frank Zappa) and since this was in fact a mini recon trip on “moving to Montana soon”. The trip was with my lovely girlfriend Rachel to Bozeman, Montana, and the surrounding areas of Southwestern Montana including several of the large Gold Medal rivers and a handful of smaller lesser known tributaries. The plan was to camp at five different locations for a total of seven nights in the mountains and two nights in Bozeman proper giving us ample time to explore the area hiking and fishing as well as soak in some of Bozeman (which really means soak in a bunch of good beer).

We left...

Green Drakes: May Madness

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Ernie... You never fail to impress me with your knowledge and moreso your willingness to share it with amatures like me.. I thank you...


In Memoriam: Ed Shenk

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In sad news for the fly-fishing community and the Cumberland Valley in particular, Ed Shenk passed away this week. He was 93.

Ed was one of the last of a well-known generation of Pennsylvania fly fishing innovators from the Greatest Generation. He is often mentioned in the same breath with Charlie Fox, Vince Marinaro, and other central Pennsylvania fly fishers who were central to advancing the sport in the mid-twentieth century. Like Fox and Marinaro, Shenk is best known for his association with the Letort, our state’s best-known stream for the development of innovative fishing methods.
Many of us knew Ed and fished with him. While he could be opinionated, Ed was always willing to help and was eager to share his knowledge and experience. An innovative fly tier, Ed has long been associated with a variety of well known...

Brookies at the Ballpark

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Isn't it a wood turtle? the angle is tough to tell, but it looks like one to me. Was he walking in a trout stream? That's where I see most of them, anyhow. I've seen them on 45 degree days in January more than once walking down the stream. It always freaks me out to see reptiles in winter. :-o