April 30, 2012
Melting snow! And a little rain has raised the river levels a bit. Good conditions prevail on the Yough and its tributaries. The Yough has a little color from the Casselman but continues to fish well. With the amounts of rain in the forecast fishing should be good thru the weekend.
This is the “prime time” for hatches in the Laurel Highlands. On any given day the stream you are fishing will see four or five different may flies and at least several caddis flies. Be prepared with these patterns in your fly box:
BWO sz 16-18
Blue Quill sz 16
Quill Gardon sz 12-14
Hendrickson sz 12
March Brown sz 12
Peacock, tan and gray Caddis sz 14-18
Gray and Black Midges sz 20-24
Guides’ Tip of the Week
The dry fly fishing has been outstanding this spring. Beginning with the winter stones in February. We have had surface action every week. The hatches are day time events varying in time from as early as 10am to afternoon hatches around 3 o’clock. Caddies hatches call for a sunken pattern as well an adult dry. Nothing works better than the La Fontaine Sparkle Pupa- You should carry this pattern in gray, brown, tan, ginger and green, in sizes 12-18. Fish it by itself or on a dragger with your dry fly. If it gets a little slow, you may have to nymph but its been several weeks since we haven’t had some dry fly action each day. Good Fishing!
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