May 2004 Report
Please browse our previous year's reports to find out
what the action was like in years past.
Memorial Day - May
Wave that flag!!! Now that summertime
is here - keep an eye out for these. They are one of only
a handful of mayflies where the male and female each have
small eyes. Common name is the yellow drake.
reports are gonna take a hiatus come the middle of this week
- they will resume the middle of next week.
May 29, 2004 - Lehigh Blowout...Plan B!
Yesterday we had a special guest lined
up to float the Lehigh, but Mother Nature would not let
us pull it off. The heavy rains up on the Pocono Plateau,
combined with an all out surge of water, released by the
Army Corp, had us looking for other options.
So with the cancellation we were able
to hook-up with TCO
Fly Shop owner Tony Gehman for a little small-stream
action. We found plenty of native browns and brookies
in Mud Run, that were willing to pounced all over our
nymphs. It really did not matter if it was a braided stone,
hare's ear, pheasant tail or nitro! Little or no action
was found on top.
From there we decided to hit the Pohopoco
for some sulphur action. But due to some some higher than
normal releases and 51 degree water, the bugs never materialized.
However, there were some caddis though and the fish did
come up for these sporatically. Flashback pheasant tails,
nitros and shop vacs also were producers. This stream
right now is just loaded with fish - nothing too big,
but lots of action to be had on a 4wt. This is a really
neat stream that does not get much pressure. Just think
if the Lehigh coming outta FEW had these temps?!
Going into the weekend it looks like the
Lehigh will continue to have non-fishing friendly flows
per the post on the ACE
website. We did need the rain though since water temps
were getting up there. Other streams should be perfect...so
get out there and enjoy the long holiday weekend.
The MV countdown is on!!!!
Here is a good look at the recent flows
on the Lehigh. This dam was built for
flood control, god forbid they hold back any more than
they have to...
.especially since flows over 800cfs have been determined
be detrimental to the downstream environs.
Mud Run brookie.
Lookin for that magic fly..
May 26, 2004 - Penns/Spring/Lehigh....
The weather gods have moved us right into the summer
season. The hatches have been coming off fast and furious,
and seem to be occurring in shorter duration and later
in the day. We need some cooler weather and some rain
for our coldwater streams..
This past weekend had Dean out on Spring Creek and Penns
Creek with Bob and Karl. This was our annual TCO Spring
Creek/Penns Creek Weekend. They found some decent fishing
on Spring with a bunch of native brownies coming to net.
The fishing on Spring was a walk in the park compared
to Penns, but if you put in your time on Penns, it can
be very rewarding. Lots of caddis came off on Spring during
the daytime, but the group moved to Penns in the pm in
order to hit up some big water. The highlight on Penns
was a FAT 16" rainbow pulled out of a heavy run.
Then as the light began to fade the stream came alive
with bugs and fish. Penns right now is loaded with fish.
Get out there!!! Penns bugs included sulphurs, march browns,
grey foxes - along with their respective spinners. The
legendary green drakes also began to make an appearance.
These are definitely hatching earlier than normal. Water
levels were great. If you are ever curious about this
river, feel free to shoot us an email
.we will give
you the real-deal on the current stream conditions.
On Monday Jake had out Phil and Andy for some afternoon/
evening fishing on the Lehigh. The bugs came off in big
especially the sulphurs! There were also
a few olives, and big yellow stones, along with a blizzard
hatch of cream midges right at dark. These guys were able
to cast extremely well and put the fly in the zone just
about the whole time. Hooking up though was a different
not sure what it was, but they did get into
one rainbow that went about 14", a few smallies and
one FAT fallfish that sipped in a sulphur. We were able
to dodge the weather and had a very enjoyable evening
on the river. One thing to keep an eye out for is the
rising water temps - anglers should definitely key on
the low-light periods of the day when water temps are
at their lowest. Some cooler nights will help that out.
With the condensed spring season we have
begun to notice a few of the above - slate drakes.
Pictured above is Bob - looking about as sporty as the
brownie he is holding!
A pig of a Penns Creek rainbow!
Karl hooked up with another Spring Creek
May 22, 2004 - Valley & more....
Valley Creek, Friday morning, was fishing well when I
had the opportunity to host Christian Berg of the Morning
Call newspaper. He and many other outdoor writers
were in the Valley Forge area for the Annual Pennsylvania
Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) conference. Along
with Berg on the Valley Creek trip were POWA member and
volunteer - Bob Ballantyne and POWA Member- Harry Guyer,
Jr. of Loysburg.
Most fish took either the Ultimate
or the Nitro, but
some were hungry enough to exert the extra energy for
the dry fly. Hardly any bugs were seen, but there were
a few risers here and there. Being able to read the water
and hitting up the really fishey spots were the key. A
weekday does not hurt either ;^) Water temp was about
60 degrees and the clarity was great for us fisherman.
Weather was overcast and damp! Fantastic outing!! Bergman
In the evening this nice 14"+
For being a stream located in
such a close proximity to a large population like
Philly - Valley Creek is an
Shoot us an email to find out more about this fishery
or to learn how to get
in protecting it!!!
We've got some Lehigh trips
along with our Penns Creek-Spring Creek/TCO Weekend on tap.
Check back for the real-time on these waters!
May 20, 2004 - Lehigh River Report - Evening
LRSA members, Bill and Tom, were out the other day for some
evening action. Sulphurs, march browns and a few caddis were
hatching. Heavy, heavy sulphur hatch at dark. Tom hooked two
fish. Bill had numerous hits in the beginning and then landed
two fish off the surface at dark one going 14". The water
level continues to look nice! Weather pending the weekend conditions
should be about perfect for this time of year.
Stopped by Valley tonight to find it high and off-color, but
on the drop. No sulphurs were seen at all. A few fish were moved
on green woolly buggers. Overall it was a pretty disappointing
outing. Water temp was 61 and there were a few olives about.
Bill hooked up!
One of the browns Bill brought to net.
May 17, 2004 - Lehigh River Report
Dean had out Rick and Don yesterday on the Lehigh.
There were spotty risers here and there throughout the day,
but nothing really of any consistency, except for the evening.
During the day - streamers and nymphs did the trick in the fast
water. Water temps were about 65 even though the water is coming
out of FEW higher than that! Just goes to show how much cold
water dumps into the Lehigh while it courses down through the
Lower light brought out the sulphurs - big-time!
Lots of rising fish! There were lots of hook-ups, but only a
few fish landed. We've got more trips lined-up this week - we
expect to see the good dry fly action continue. And look for
even more risers as levels continue to drop. Currently it is
about 1700 in Lehighton. Other bugs noticed throughout the day
- march browns and caddis.
The action on Penns has been very good lately. Look for the
march brown and grey fox to wind down. Spinners will still be
about though. The sulphurs should be happening.
May 14, 2004 - Update
Look for action on the Tully to continue at a steady pace.
It is that time of year where daily hatches of tan caddis are
the norm. Flows are just perfect - running at about 200cfs.
This flow should continue barring any drastic changes in precipitation
in that area. For real-time data - talk to TCO
|The Lehigh has been borderline unfishable.
It is right at our cut-off level for effective-floating.
For the wader - you can forget about it - unless you are
extremely familiar with this river. While on the water look
for grey fox, march browns, sulphurs, bwos and the start
of the sulphurs. At this level fish will seek out the banks
and edges. Water temperatures are just about right for this
time of year. Streamers are always effective - be it for
trout or the smallie population.
Now is the time to look for the sulphurs on Penns. Flows for
this time of year could not be any better. Spend the day there
- nymph during the daylight hours and then hit the evening hatch
and spinner fall. Definitely have some rusty browns in size
12-14 and soon enough the sulphur spinners should be bouncing
about above the riffs.
Send us an email for
questions or to book a trip.
May 9, 2004 - Update
The sulphurs have arrived!!! However, the hatch does not
seem to have kicked into high gear yet. On streams where
this mayfly occurs, a sub-surface rig consisting of a
pheasant tail, can really be effective. And vary up those
nymphs with flashbacks and beadheads.
On Saturday the Lehigh was too high to float. Hopefully
the flows will come down some so we can get into some
dry fly action. As for the wade fisherman - conditions
have been far from perfect. Borderline untouchable!
available for our Penns Weekend in June.
Check it out!!!
May 4, 2004
This past weekend we hit Penns Creek for
our first annual Penns Creek Ex-Stream Trip - sponsored
With us were Ron, Jim and Dave. Ron and Jim have fished
Penns before with limited success and looked to increase
their odds. Dave, a die-hard steelie fisherman, wanted
to experience dry fly fishing over some of PA's wiliest
With decent conditions - expectations were met. Even
though at times our clients were questioning our approach
on how we tackle this difficult stream. But they did persevere
and were rewarded with some phenomenal fishing in our
Ron was high-hooks for the weekend, however only a limited
number came to net. Actually the joke was on Ron this
weekend because we tied our special hook-less flies to
the end of his tippet. Jim is now hooked on fly fishing.
Jim caught some absolutely beautiful wild brown trout
and throw in 3 wild brookies to boot. All of the brookies
were taken off the top. Very cool!! Dave got off to a
slow start, trying to adjust from slinging lead, to more
of a delicate cast. But he honed his skills enough to
entice an awesome 17" Penns brownie. This fish was
also taken off the top, holding tight to the bank. This
was the largest fish of the weekend.
Apologies go to Dave for not getting a pic of this beauty.
Immediately after netting the fish, Dave practiced his
lasso technique on Dean - wrapping him up with his line,
leader and fly. During the chaos the fish got away
is a tough one!
Below are some pics. Great weekend!! We are already looking
forward to the next Penns
trip scheduled for June.
Dean and Jim sporting a beauty!! Take notice
of that water color - prime sub-surface conditions.
Jim with a nice one.
March brown and grey fox nymphs....hint
May 1-2, 2004 - X-Stream Penns Outing
Just some really quick pics from the past few days on
Penns....good flows and
some cooperative fish made the weekend on one of PA's
most difficlut trout fisheries a great time - Ron, Dave
and Jim - it was our pleasure! Look for this good action
to only continue. But more precip is on the way - so keep
an eye on those flows!! All fish were fat and extremely
heathy looking. Check back for more updates.
Dave doing some deep water nymping. Even
though this is central-PA, this water looks steelie-green!
This one took a spinner.
Read more about
this adventure here