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BaronJune 28th, 2019, 2:58 pm

Posts: 16
Is there anyone that feels like an authority on summertime Pickerel fishing. While I currently fish the Martins Creek area for Trout I would like to get better at catching 'eating-sized' Pickerel, perch and Sunnies/Gills. I'd like to hear how you approach fishing for these, the type of flies you use and wether or not you use a boat. I'd like to start frequenting the northern Lehigh, Francis Walter res, Promised Land and Shahola.
AdirmanJune 28th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 505
I don’t know about Pennsylvania Pickerel but in NY in the summertime, pickerel run deeper so you can’t catch them on top. What I discovered last summer was that if you use a barrel swivel and a slip sinker with a big streamer fly you can catch em and hold your own with the spin fisherman !! Fish deeper in the summer !!
BaronJune 28th, 2019, 5:40 pm

Posts: 16
Hmmm. I bet they're the same type of pickerel that we have here,lol. I've always wanted to fish NY for Pickerel and Perch. Then this year I got the bright idea to take up fly fishing. Never thought I would but I love it. Would you be willing to describe how to setup and work the rig you mentioned.
AdirmanJune 29th, 2019, 5:57 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 505
Why sure! I was running about 6’ of either 1x or 2x leader up to the swivel and size of slip sinker varied depending upon water depth. Basically , I would cast out using open loops and wait about 15 seconds for the fly to sink and use a steady retrieve ; I also found that trolling with this setup was effective if you have the capability . Hope this helps
BaronJune 30th, 2019, 9:42 am

Posts: 16
I see. How long of a leader from swivel to fly?

Is the Agway still open in Monticello? Used to stop there.
AdirmanJune 30th, 2019, 10:26 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 505
About 6’ no need for more IMHO
AdirmanJune 30th, 2019, 10:26 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 505
Yup it’s still there but not called agway anymore
BaronJune 30th, 2019, 12:01 pm

Posts: 16
The drive, while visiting Agway Stores is what introduced me to the northern Delaware and is partially to blame for making me want to learn fly fishing. I live very close to the Delaware in Easton.
Your Slipsinker Idea may help me with Smallies in large riffles on the Delaware.
AdirmanJune 30th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 505
Yup I’m sure it will but keep in mind that it’s much tougher to cast; keep your loops open and don’t cast as much, fish everything out to save your arm!!
BaronJuly 1st, 2019, 8:07 am

Posts: 16
Thanks, will do.

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