February 22, 2012 - President's Day Sippers
Conditions were somewhat cold and blustery but the fish were up and eating. Usually this time of year the trout are still hunkered down in their winter lies, but on this day that was not the case. Some were up in the column in the deeper holes - suspended just below the film. While others were patrolling the flats for easy-pickins. Mostly they were keyed in on midges, but as the heat of the day progressed, a few olives started to skitter about. Once the fish started to see them, they were easy to fool on a size 18 BWO. Either a parachute or a comparadun with a clipped wing, so that it lays flush down in the film were fooling fish. For late-February it was a really good day for SE PA wild trout fishing.
With more nice weather on the way, we should see a continuation of the solid early season hatches. Look for olives and on the streams where there are early black stones, be on the lookout for them. A black caddis is all you need to take fish that are keying on the early black stone. A little trick is to maybe mix in a little skittering here and there to entice a strike. Lots of times this is all it takes to induce a splashy rise!