July 2004 Report
Please browse our previous year's reports to find out
what the action was like in years past.
July 23, 2004 - UPDATE
far this summer, Mother Nature has been very kind to our
central-PA limestoners. Take for instance Penns Creek,
which has been above median flow for a better part of
the last few months. If this continues we are looking
at upwards of three years of great water on these streams.
Compared to the flip-side - we'll take it!! Look for continued
decent fishing as long the fish-friendly conditions persist.
This will also bodes well for the fall! Perhaps our favorite
time of the year on Penns.
Look for the 'Hanna to continue its above-average flows.
Who knows when it may come down. It is almost a certain
that the northerntier is gonna get a decent dose of moisture
over the next week or so. So keep an eye on those flows...currently
they are a little high for effective an effective smallie
Just a heads up that web updates are gonna take a short
break over the next week to 10 days as traveling will
not permit any pc time. Look for Reports to kick back
up again once we get into August and the second half of
July 16, 2004 - Lehigh River Report
- Lehigh Gap to Walnutport
Nathan and Tim are two very accomplished fly fishermen
and wanted to give the Lehigh a try in July. Last week
when I talked to Nathan I told him not to get his hopes
up since the river was experiencing very low water flows
and high water temps for the past two weeks. I almost
told Nathan that we should reschedule his trip for the
fall. Well, we got some much-needed rain earlier this
week and the daytime air temps were relatively cool combined
with some water-cooling overnight lows. Well, the rain
brought up the river flows up to floatable conditions
and the water temps dropped considerably (68 degrees at
6pm) due to the cool evenings and a healthy dose of cold
water (~55 degrees) being discharged from the Beltzville
Reservoir on the Pohopoco Creek.
We started out the evening with a good old fashion 20
min soaker and some of mother natures fire works. The
skies cleared and we set off down river from the Gap.
We hit the first riff and Tim hooked up with a couple
of 10" smallmouth bass on a bugger/wet fly combo.
As we continued a few olives, cahills, isonychias and
sulphurs started popping on the surface. Not a large quantity
of one specific species, but enough to bring a few fish
to the surface. We saw a nice fish rising in the pool
below the first riff and Nate made a nice cast with an
Iso dun. First cast over the fish and BAMN!!! Fish on!
The fish was a nice 14-15" brown that pulled the
hook after a 5 minute battle just prior to bringing him
We made are way down river and began to see more fish
rise. Nate hit another brown about 12" and then Tim
started to get into the act and hit a few fish. Most of
these fish were in the 10-12 inch range. It was starting
to get dark and we continued on our way down thru the
last big riff. We actually saw a few fish rising in the
pocket water. At the end of the riff, I saw a nice fish
rising in an eddy created by one of the many large rocks
in the river. Tim and Nate made some nice casts but we
couldn't get the fish up. Tim finally made a good cast/drift
and right when he was ready to pick up the fly...BAMN!!
the fish smacks his fly. After a 5 min or so battle a
14-15" brown comes to net. This fish was extremely
FAT and healthy. We made our way down thru the flat pool
and saw only one pod of rising fish but light was getting
low and after a few attempts we decided to head to the
take out. Great job by two very good fly fishermen. Tim
was TOPROD for the night but Nathan was not far behind.
Don't think it gets much better in Mid-July on the Lehigh.
Just wish we had these water temps all summer long???
FYI - the discharge from FEW was 70 degrees today....amazing
how the water actually cools as it gets farther from the
lake. What's wrong with this picture? HUMMM???
Tim is pictured above with
a really nice looking Lehigh River brown.
Nate is all smiles after bringin this
one to net!
July 14, 2004 - UPDATE
The CDC Sparkle Dun has been added to the Patterns Page.
This one imitates an Olive, but just about any mayfly
can be effectively copied by this simple pattern. Make
sure you have a few of these in the box.
Well, we did need the rain, but not the 1,000 year flood
NOAA is calling it over in Jersey. What this did do was
provide a vital shot of recharge water for the watesheds
that did not get the deluge. And it looks like more might
be on the way...hopefully not too much though for the
flood prone locations. But you gotta take what you can
get this time of year in our minds.
CDC Sparkle Dun
July 11, 2004 - Report
on the Po was the order of the day for Karl and Bob.
Lots of laughs and some all right mid-summer trout
action made it that much more enjoyable.
Fish were landed on nitros, caddis
olives and elk hair caddis. Lots of fly changing
seemed to be the ticket. The flows were about normal
for this time of year and the water temps were in
the usual mid-50 degree range. By the end of the
evening Karl landed about 10 - he was on fire right
from the get go and Bob got into his first ever
brookie - which was absolutely gorgeous. He also
got one brown that went about 12". There were
also many missed fish
Karl thinks that was
due to operator error?!
Great time on the water!
Bob hoisting a nice size PA brookie.
Dean had out father son duo Dan and Colin for
another adventure in fly-fishing. Dan said he wanted to try
for some smallies on the fly. So we hit up the Susquehanna for
a try at catching a few smallmouth with the fly rod.
Overall fishing was still slow. The bite was
a bit off and the fish must still be in their post spawn funk.
Two fish were brought to the boat with a few more LDRs. Did
manage to hook a fish on a popper during that afternoon which
is a good sign the fish might be coming around. More damsel
flies buzzing around and a few bass literally leaving the
water to grab one of those insects.
Today was more of a learning experience and
to gain some insight in bass fishing in general. Neither ever
experienced the Susquehanna and the size and beauty that come
with fishing the river. Great job by both anglers today.
July 9, 2004 - UPDATE
The word is that the off-bite on the 'Hanna
is from a late spawn. Once the spawn occures there is about
a month of soft bite and I guess we are still in that time frame...usually
June is the month when we have this downtime. Not this year....I
guess patience is the name of the game right now.
The trikes are on the Lehigh Valley streams and most likely
the Tully as well, but with this heat look for the bug life
to be an early am affair. First light is the name of the game.
Of course there are the mountain brookie streams. These can
be so much fun to fish, especially a mountain tumbler you've
been on. What can be better than water temps
in the fifties, dry fly action and PA's state fish! Enjoy the
weekend. Got questions - shoot us an e.
4, 2004 - Susquehanna Float
On Saturday we were able to finally do
a float on the Susquehanna. Water temp in the am hours
was 79 and there was some weed floating here and there.
Overall the conditions were perfect, but the bite was
only so so. All said we took about dozen fish - with some
going about 14". Everything was down deep - with
a heavily weighted madtom imitation being the best producer.
From here on out look for the action to only get better.
The only negative is that perfect conditions
on the 'hanna means we are in need of some rain!! Having said
that the central PA limestoners are still fishing well. There
has been a smorgassboard of bugs on Penns - sulphurs, cahills,
olives and isonychias.
continued updates as we have a few outings planned this week.
July 1, 2004 - Lehigh River
On Tuesday Dean was able to wade fish the river abit
before attending the LRSA meeting. He reports he started
at the boat launch and worked his way down through the
fast run. After trying a dry/dropper rig with little results,
he switched over to a bugger and wet fly combo and began
to swing that set-up. That was the ticket. By the end
of the evening three spunky trout (2 bows and 1 brown)
and seven smallies in the 10-12inch range were landed.
Plus a few LDRs. He left prior to dark with the water
temp pushing 71 degrees F. There was one other fisherman
on the water and there were a few BWOs (#18) hatching,
but not much else.
I guess it might be time to give the trout a rest and
change gears to smallmouth fishing on the Susquehanna.
If you go to the Lehigh, bring a thermometer and check
the temp before you fish. Hopefully we get a little rain
soon to bring flows up a bit and cool down the river for
With that said, the smallies are really smacking the
flies right now. This is definitely something worth trying
on the fly.