May 14, 2011 - Central PA
The weather was perfect. The flows were perfect. The clouds hung
close to the ridge tops, there was some rain, and the color of
the water was that limestone green we love so much. And let's
just say the fishing was fantastic. However, I imagine if you
are a dry fly purist you would have been disappointed. But for
the nympher like FFPA is, then you could not ask for anything
With such fine conditions the fish were out of the usual hunkered
down spots, and eagerly feeding in all of the depressions that
harbored deep enough water to hide them. We are talking bank to
bank - that's how spread out the fish were. If you are a trout
angler these are the conditions and days you remember forever.
Overall the fly that produced the best was our march
brown nymph. The fish were just all over it. Other patterns
that produced were the Lafontaine
deep sparkle pupa and the variegated stone. All of which we
hi-sticked under an indicator.
Though the dry fly activity was limited we did fool a few on
march brown emergers and tan x-caddis.
Too bad we had to leave and return to the real world, because
for the trout angler the conditions could not have been any better.
If you can, this is the week to take off work and be a trout bum!
The fish have to eat!