March 2004 Report
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March 29, 2004 - Update
Not enough time in the day to get out on the
water this past weekend. However, FFPA was able to do an instruction
course with up-and-coming angler - JoAnn. Even though it was
her first time with the fly rod, she got down the standard single-haul
in no time. Some knot tying and entomology rounded out the day.
With a little practice and time on the water, next thing you
know JoAnn will be fishing the trico hatch on Tully. If you
are a beginner who is looking to enhance your skills - send
us an email.
Lots of angler activity on the Tully Saturday
morning. Most were fly guys, but a few spin were mixed in. This
is an impressive SE PA stream that can be a lot of fun this
time of year. Most anglers reported catching the holdover fall
plantings. These fish are now in the 9-10" range. Water
temps were still in the low 40s and you should look for the
best hatch activity during the heat of the day.
Also, on Saturday TCO had their Spring Open
House. Along with the raffles and trout talk was a presentation
on PA's Delayed Harvest program, by local angler Doc Pucinsky.
Doc's presentation mainly focused on the Tully, which has been
a great success. It was also great to chat with previous clients
and new ones for 2004 - it is always fun to share fish stories.
March 25, 2004 - Update
||One half of FFPA
recently made it out west for some skiing and relaxation.
However, there is always time to hit a near-by fishery.
With some extremely warm weather - the decision to hit the
Eagle was an easy on. Lots of pocket water made for some
fun nymphing. Conditions were a little tough due to some
run-off and very slippery rocks, but persistence and a size
12 caddis larva did the trick. Three fish come to hand along
with many more fish being moved and all this took place
within 100 yards of a newly built shopping/condo/ hotel
complex. Amazingly enough not a sole was seen on the river.
If you are ever in the Vail Valley, you must give this stream
Check-out the close proximity to the walking
Your average size Eagle River brown.
Eagle River pocket water.
Back here in PA things are starting
to look up. We have a clinic lined up for this weekend.
And if the flows come down a bit we may even get
out to wet a line. Word is the Olives are coming
off on Spring Creek, the caddis should soon be popping
on both the Tully and Valley and Opening Day is
around the corner. Before then though, we can get
some of the best dry fly action of the year - in
the April Greys. Olives, blue quills, quill gordons
and the hendricksons. This is the time of the year
a fly fisherman can really get pumped - especially
after a lingering winter like we are having. And
did I say shad and stripers and the start of the
We are booking
float trips now for both the Lehigh and the Susquehanna.
And be sure to check out our package
March 17, 2004 - Update
First off it was extremely
pleasurable running into some clients while attending the Fort
Washington show. It was a nice show, and certainly not near
as overwhelming as the Somerset
show from earlier this year.
|As for the fishing
water flows are
at a perfect level for this time of year, but the air temps
seem to be struggling a bit. And it looks some wintry weather
might be in store - especially in the central part of the
state. So like the last report we continue to be in a holding
pattern with regards to the progression of the season. However,
you can't completely stop Mother Nature. That said
is stripers are in the Delaware along with the staging of
the shad. And they do like to hang in some pretty urban
For those willing to put in the time, trout
are being brought to hand. But you will most likely need to
get down in the deeper runs and holes to have an effective outing.
March 8, 2004 - Update
The early season BWOs seem to be hatching
in full force on the streams that have decent populations.
Also, little black stones have been skittering about during
the heat of the day over at Ridley. Some fish have been
rising to them, but for the most part they are hunkered
down and relatively lethargic. The fly stretch was recently
stocked and on Sunday it showed it since it was getting
hammered pretty good. Try to get your imitations down
deep, and keep a sharp eye on your leader for those subtle
takes. The flows currently on our local SE PA streams
are perfect. We can't say the same about the streams in
the central part of the state. It is gonna take a while
for them to settle down.
More cold is on the way so we may be in
for a little setback in the progression of the season.
Shoot us an e
if you have any questions about our services.
A small SE PA native.
March 3, 2004 - Update
What is new....
The season has begun. A smattering
of insects have been hatching on the most streams throughout
the state over the past few weeks - during a little pre-runoff
activity. Mostly it has been small olives, little black stones
and some midges. However, it now looks like the snowmelt is
beginning to have an effect on the ridge and valley streams
in the central part of the state, but the lower elevation streams,
where the snow is pretty much gone, should be fine - that is
until some more wet weather moves in.
We have some new web-enhancements that have taken place over
the off-season or maybe since you last checked.
Recenly added to the site is a section called Featured
Streams - check it out to get the scoop on some of our favorite
waters. Also, take a look at our package and special deals we
are offering during the '04 season ...these include just
ONE SPOT REMAINING on our Penns
Creek Weekend, May 1-2. We are also taking reservations
for our annual TCO Spring/Penns Creek Trip - May 23-24. If you
are interested in this trip, contact TCO
to reserve a spot. Float and wade trips on area streams and
rivers along with another Penns
Creek Weekend - June 12-13 round out the Spring Season for
us. Book early, prime dates are filling up.
If you are interested in a trip, have a question
or just want to discuss fishing, feel free to contact us at
Regulation Change - Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO):
Some of you may be aware of a proposed regulation
change the Pennsylvania Fish Commission is currently seeking
public input on. In our mind this proposed change is a complete
failure on their part to manage our trout waters as effectively
Let me put it this way - if you are one of
the many fly fisherman who enjoys fishing the trico hatch on
the Tully, then this could be a potentially fatal blow. The
regulation being proposed would allow bait fishing during the
delayed-harvest time (June 15-Labor Day) on all DHALO waters
throughout the state. This would without a doubt serverely decrease
fish populations on many of the waters we cherish and look forward
to fishing during the heat of the summer and into the fall due
to the management policy that is currently in place. These are
streams which have had a lot of work performed on them by local
Trout Unlimited chapters, all of which could be taken away in
one summer. These are waters that have been set aside to protect
the fishery from the assured over-harvesting that comes with
bait fishing. Trout waters of this state, under the current
DHALO regulation, that can support wild trout, holdovers and
streambred trout do not deserve this type of management policy.
We ask any and all anglers to please submit a note to the PFBC
explicitly stating your disapproval of this regulation change.
Please email your opposition to the Pennsylvania
Fish Commission: email@example.com