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WbranchOctober 17th, 2008, 5:33 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2502
Many 8# - 10# fish and most were very bright. Best flies were #12 - #16 stoneflies in black and brown with 4X tippet. 3X works but you get more hookups with 4X.



Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfOctober 21st, 2008, 5:19 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2907
Nice fish, Matt! I hope to go up during Christmas break.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TroutnutOctober 21st, 2008, 7:13 pm
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2541
Great fish!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WbranchOctober 22nd, 2008, 2:27 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2502
Hello Louis,

If you are going up at Christmas break maybe we can go together. Remember though it is pointless to drive for six hours if the streams are low. Even when there are fish in the creeks they are very spooky when the creeks are low and clear. They see guys walking around all day and are jumpy. When they are low normally you can hook a few at dawn and then again at dusk.

Ideally you will be keeping an eye on the weather - you don't want just a shower because by the time you get there the creeks will be low again. You want a good all day, or two day steady rain, then check out the reports at fisherie.com - when it stops you should be driving up. As the creeks start to drop and turn a greenish color with little visibility is when you will get fish.

I used a 9' #7 and thought about using a 9' #6 as you aren't casting very much at all - a roll cast is pretty much all I did and I never used more than two BB's but the power and size of the fish made me happy I was using the #7. The stream beds are just full of shale - you will lose gobs of flies - if you aren't losing flies you probably aren't down in the zone.

If you look behind me at the top picture you can see light and dark water - the edge between the light and dark is a shelf and fish lay in the darker colored water and parallel to those shelves.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
CaseyPJanuary 8th, 2009, 11:06 am
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
JAD--wow, that was an awesome fish! thanks for yet another motivating post; gonna get me up there sometime before i get Called Above!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
JADJanuary 8th, 2009, 4:43 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
Thanks CaseyP
I should be able to post a pic, but as you see I'm not doing a very good job

JaD

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
CaseyPJanuary 8th, 2009, 7:54 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
i do feel your pain...photobucket is sooo frustrating!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
JADJanuary 9th, 2009, 7:00 am
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
Try this.

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
JADJanuary 9th, 2009, 7:12 am
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
I think I figured it out.









They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,

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