in 2005 - Floats
For Four, Say No More!
Fly Fish PA now can accommodate four
person float trips. With the off-season acquisition of
a 2005 ClackaCraft
15LP - we are your answer for corporate outings, reunions,
get-togethers or just a good 'ole fashion day of hangin'
out with your buds! Leave the golf course behind and hit
the water! Contact
us if you have any questions.
July 31, 2005 - Susquehanna Report
More of the same on the Susquehanna. The fish are just
not there and we are seeing more and more larger fish
showing signs of the infection. Amazing how these fish
are still looking for food, despite their appearance.
Only time will tell how much damage the river has suffered,
but of right now, things are not looking good.
July 27, 2005 Lengthy Update...
Honestly, there is not much going on
fishing wise right now for us, but we have been very
very busy working behind the scenes gathering support
for the Lehigh. We are talking about support on all
levels, from the state on up through the federal. Momentum
is mounting as more and more anglers are taking interest
in the potential this fishery has. Really, there is
nothing like it on the east coast. Then add in all the
cold water tribs and you have something very special.
On top of all this....is the recent
formation of the Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance.
This alliance is the product of concerned anglers whose
goal is to obtain a consistent release of coldwater
(55 Deg F) from the Francis E Walter Reservoir (FEW)
through better utilization of FEW's storage capacity
and discharge options, in an effort to improve overall
flows, protect habitat and enhance the Lehigh River's
wild trout fishery.
Most of the state is about normal
for this time of year...but there are definitely
some areas which sorely need the rain. For instance
NE PA could use a good dose. Hopefully, we will
get some in the coming days along with a nice shot
of cooler air. Doubt it will last too long though,
as we are in the heart of summer right now.
There will definitely be more to report about this
group in the coming weeks and months as it is just now
getting off the ground. Once again, if you would like
to lend support to the Lehigh River - please email
Otherwise, we have pretty much decided to scrap fishing
the Susquehanna this year. Yea, there might be a white
fly trip or two, but that will be pretty much it. As
most know, the Susquehanna is in the midst of a pretty
significant outbreak of bacterial disease. The PFBC
does not seem to be that concerned, but what this situation
does indicate is a river system being stressed to the
point of being pushed over the edge. Most of the time
our aquatic friends can be compared to a 'canary in
a coal mine.' And in this instance it is much too true.
Read more about the situation here.
And just think ~ it was the snakehead which made the
made the front page of the Inquirer here in Philly
a while back! In your mind...which is more serious to
our waters and fisheries?!
Bottom line is...we need some cooler weather! Rain
would help to, but that might be what pushed the 'hanna
over the edge in the first place.
July 18, 2005 - 'hanna Report
If I did not know better, I would say the equator has
moved north, and now straddles PA! It is that bad outside!
If you can't get on the water extremely early, it ain't
really worth it. Thank god for those early am hatches
like the trikes. Which are now hatching and providing
consistant, allbeit at times, frustrating action.
As for the Susquehanna - it remains in a funk! Overall
the fishing is slow, with a good day being just a few
fish to the boat. It really seems as if the fish are
just not there. With the white fly hatch right around
the corner, it will be interesting to see what the river
Bob with a nicly colored 'hanna smallie
THINGS ARE ON THE HORIZON FOR THE DOWNSTREAM LEHIGH RIVER FISHERY!!
July 8, 2005 -UPDATE
Fish PA, PA
TU and LRSA
were all in attendance Wednesday - for the Road
Opening Ceremony. This event celebrated
the newly constructed road across the breast of
the Francis E Walter dam. The event was hosted by
the Army Corps Philly District and was attended
by quite a few dignitaries from throughout the FEW
area. Finally after 44 years the Corps does not
need to evacuate water from FEW to keep the 'lower
dam road' open. In the past, prior to this year,
any lake elevation above 1,309' would inundate the
'lower lake road,' forcing it to close. This was
one of the reasons water could never be stored for
extended periods of time as well as for recreational
purposes. That was all to change this year, but
due to an extended dry period, very little water
has been able to be captured. Coldwater has not
been able to set-up, and whitewater releases have
had to be canceled or cut back. To date the 2005
Plan's proposed target numbers have been thrown
out the window.
Some notables in attendence - Bob
Bachman, PA TU (far left);
FFPA Co-Owner, Dean Druckenmiller (tall
dude, back); US Congressman Paul Kanjorski
(center); Roy Denmark, ACOE
(blue shirt); Dave Arnold,
PFBC (maroon jacket).
record it was the PA TU, FFPA and LRSA guys who
were looking out for the TROUT in the lower River!!!
All of this is a work in progress
and this year has been a great learning experience.
Now is the time to get involved!!!!! The voice of
the trout needs your support!! Email
us for more information.
2005 - Update
Now is the time to try the smallmouth
bite on the Susquehanna. This summer we will once
again be running trips to this destination fishery.
We find these warmwater fighters fill the void created
by the Mother Nature and the high water temps she
has dealt us on our favorite trout waters. This
summer has been more indicative of a normal summer,
with high air temps and a lack of rain here and
there throughout the state. This means the smallies
are ripe for the taking, as the 'Hanna is as low
as it has been in years!! Shoot us an email if you
want to book a trip. We do full and half-day trips
float trips as well as wade trips to coincide with
the evening hatches