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CaseyPJanuary 13th, 2010, 5:48 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
looks like a very slight warming trend has arrived here in So. Cen. PA. it was a balmy 38 degrees on the ski slope this afternoon.

so obviously it's time to go fishing tomorrow! i have NO idea what to try in a winter this deep on the Little J or Spruce Creek. gnats? blue winged olives? midge larvae/pupae? good ole bead headed pheasant tail? all of the above until something works?

all i do know is small. anyone got some ideas?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
WbranchJanuary 13th, 2010, 5:58 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2506
Find some slow and relatively deep pools on the LJ. Rig up a 9' 5X leader with a #16 - #18 BH PT and a #16 - #18BH BH Peeking caddis below. Put an indicator about a foot higher than the depth of the pool and flip it up and float it down. Let us know how you do.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
CaseyPJanuary 13th, 2010, 6:57 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
Thanks! i'll let you know how it works...;-)
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Jmd123January 13th, 2010, 10:23 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2379
This is out of your area guys, but here in Michigan, it's time to hit the steelhead...just tied up a couple of Spring Nymphs for such, but I need to get longer squirrel hair...also, a red-eyed KBF in copper & brown. My latest plan to beat the winter blues: X/C ski on the cold snowy days and throw flies at steelhead during the warm soggy ones. I will survive!!!!!!!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CaseyPJanuary 14th, 2010, 4:56 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
gorgeous, gorgeous day. my companion, otherwise known as 2nd Best Fishing Buddy, got three lovely browns on the BHPT. i, right next to her, got nothing, and neither did the other guy we saw. see? luck does matter...we fished a tributary to the little J which shall remain nameless because the world fishes there already. weather was sunny, calm (where we were) and 45 degrees.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
BHPT557January 17th, 2010, 8:57 am
Posts: 1Hey, I like to believe I demonstrated a modicum of skill.
JADJanuary 17th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
On the January thaw,I caught a very pretty Steelhead,thought I would share.

Best
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 17th, 2010, 2:44 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
Hey, I like to believe I demonstrated a modicum of skill.


well, well: found your way over here at last! yep, we're both streets ahead of where we were last year--some of us further than others!

pretty soon they might let us go fishing with them...
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
WbranchJanuary 17th, 2010, 4:22 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2506
Nice winter steelhead - colors seem to indicate it hasn't been in the stream very long if it had it would normally be much darker.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
UPTroutBumJanuary 18th, 2010, 9:50 am
Marquette, MI

Posts: 33
Ya, that looks more like a resident rainbow, but either way nice trout.

We also had temps in the high 30's this weekend and I landed two rainbows on stonefly nymphs in some water below a hydro dam. One of them was a crazy jumper, it looked like a dolphin going head first back into the water to take a lil bit of line. It sure made winter up here just a lil more tolerable.
" The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with
all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas." John Voelker

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