Good advice from Penns Creek Angler



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Sep 11, 2006
Chester County, PA
Great article with lots of important info for Penns Creek (or really any PA creek) written by Bruce from Penns Creek Angler >

Penns Creek Angler
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Large Flies Require a Stiff Leader and Tippet. Generally 4x for #10 Flies. If you use a 5x tippet and leader, it will twist and become unusable ***
So, you want to know about #10 March Browns and #12 Grey Fox.

The Nymphs are found in faster water, they are strong clingers and inhabit the Riffles.

Fishing nymphs before 10am is a good bet because they are increasingly active getting ready to hatch. After 10am these flies hatch “sporadically” throughout the day. From 10am to 8pm you will see Dun’s hatch on a slow but consistent basis. You’ll see one here and one there or quick burst, then nothing for a while, then four or five here and there then another hatch and nothing.

The hatch occurs through out the day, generally slow and steady. However, during overcast times of the day you’ll see more. The sun plays a part in when they hatch in larger numbers. Partly Sunny days are the best in my opinion, when the Clouds block the Sun you’ll usually see a burst of Dun’s. Then as it becomes brighter the hatch slows.

If there is a weather change like a sunny day that turns into a completely overcast or rainy day the hatch can intensify considerably and you might see them pour off in massive numbers.

But slow and steady is the general rule and patients is required.

Catskill Style Flies are fished in the Riffles because they ride high and won’t sink. Parachute and Comparadun flies are for fishing the flat water. Wetflies should be fished in the Riffles because that’s where the nymphs live. The first 1/3 of the Pool is also an excellent place to fish a wetfly because so many duns sink in the Riffle.

MB’s & GF hatch from the Riffles and make their way to the surface at some point. They usually wind up in the pool below the Riffle. Or they get blown over or catch and wave in the Riffle and get suck in the surface film. These flies will never make it out of the water. This is when Wetflies become so very important. The trout know these flies are easy pickings.

Your job is to determine where and what phase of the hatch the trout are targeting.

They could be targeting Duns on the surface, Drown Duns on the surface, Emergers (Wetflies or Drown Dun’s), or they could be targeting the nymphs on the Bottom.

If you watch closely the fish will show you what they what!

All the Best!
Bruce Fisher