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24, 2009 - - Rain
We've been a wet pattern - especially here in the eastern part
of the state for most of the summer. Since June1 amounts have
been well above normal, but a closer look reveals that we are
about normal for the entire year. That said, the summer has
been wet and lately - very wet! Take a look at the chart to the
right which shows the past 14 days of water that has fallen from
the sky. It would be nice to move some of the moisture a bit west
to the central part of the state. Fall is shaping up for some
11, 2009 - - Heat
The heat looks like it will be short lived. We all know our coldwater
friends don't like the summer heat, and quite often our summers
this far north can be more than stressful on our trout populations.
Thankfully this one will be a one-dayer; two at the most. What
we also have going for us is plenty of water. All over the state
our waters are flowing at a good clip. This is definitely a plus
as we head for the summer home-stretch.
10, 2009 - - Big Flies
Pasted below is one of the more effective fish-mover patterns
from our upper D trip. As you can see it is a deceiver style tie,
with a countershade and a bit of flash. We also moved fish on
large bunny flies. A trailer hook would have definitely improved
our hook-up rate. Next time we will be sure to have patterns with
a hook toward the back of the fly.
4, 2009 - - Big Water
If you have access to a drift boat, now is the time to hit the
Upper D Watershed! Reservoirs are full, and Cannonsville
specifically is spilling. This means flows are up big time, and
the fish are on the feed. This past weekend even desite the stained
water, and a bit of debris we had solid action the whole time
- two days of floating.
If you can hit it - - leave the small stuff at home. 5"+
streamers, and big/strong hooks are a must have. A 7wt rod also
helps to ease the fatigue of an all day cast and strip event.
This high water should be sticking around for a while yet, so
make some plans to get on the Upper D for a truely unique trout
1, 2009 - - Update
There has not been too much fishing going on in our world.
Though if you are one that likes to chase those tiny early morning
swarming mayflies called Tricos, now is the time. The Lehigh Valley
limestoners - Little Lehigh, Cedar, Bushkill, Saucon - are as
good as anywhere in the eastern US to chase this hatch. You need
to get out of bed early, to get a prime spot...as these bugs tend
to hatch early, and more than likely it is the spinner fall that
you are fishing over by the sun comes up. The Tully up in the
Reading area also has a pretty reliable hatch. This stream is
also much wider than the Lehigh Valley limestoners. You will need
to go light with the tippet - - usually 5-6-7x, as well as small
bugs. Trikes tend to range in the 20-26 hook size. Some folks
either love this sort of fishing or hate it. It is worth a trip
or two to see what it is all about. Good luck!
Trout luv them. Fisherman curse them...at