Fly fishing in Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle fishing conditions May 1

April 30, 2012

Yough fish Wilderness Voyageurs

Nice Brookie!

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.

Hatches

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!

Ohiopyle Fishing conditions report page

Wilderness Voyageurs, 103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle PA, 15470

800-272-4141

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The Drake hatch is happening in Ohiopyle

The highly sought after Green Drake has been spotted!  Initial reports began to surface on Saturday May 25th.  Then on Sunday, Drakes were spotted on the Middle Yough and Meadow Run and Beaver Creek.  Water levels have stabilized and we expect to see around 2 feet on the Ohiopyle gauge for the foreseeable future.   Water temps are a little lower than normal for this time of year.  The ten day forecast is spectacular for Ohiopyle, (15470).  And lucky for us fisher types, that coincides nicely with what we think will be the remainder of the Green Drake Hatch ( Ephemera danica)

Trout on the Middle Yough

The most alluring vision is to take that large trout when he makes a splashy rise and targets your Dry Drake!  That is the best.. but keep in mind you will have much more success sub-surface.  The emerger will generate many more hook-ups.  Keep in mind as the hatch progresses, fish will become more selective, as well as the water will be clearing

Check out this beautiful Green Drake caught on Meadow Run.

Green Drake Hatch Meadow Run

Makin’ da fish crazy

The Drake hatch is in full swing and we believe it will continue for approximately 10 days.   You will also find the hatch on the Laurel Hill, Dunbar Creek, and the Youghiogheny.   There have been a couple of spinner falls, 2 maybe 3 already.  The drake hatch although famous, it is not always the food of choice for trout,, but, The fish are turned on!

If you can not make it to the creeks in the next week, have no fear…  The Sulpher hatch has begun in earnest, and it should last for a month,, especially heavy in the evenings

Stay in tune with what is happening on the yough by checking out the Wilderness Voyageurs Hatch Page or the Facebook group we started for fishing on the Yough

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Hexagenia Hatch on the Yough

Hexagenia Limbata, is emerging from the Youghiogheny near Ohiopyle, the highly sought and near mythical bug is a real treat to witness.

Mayfly hatch in Ohiopyle

This is one of the largest Mayflys in North America and one of the most widespread, found from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  The hatch of the Hex varies greatly based on geography.  Some areas of the northwest will see hatches starting in May.  Here in Ohiopyle, the Hex shows up at the end of August, beginning of September and will hang around for close to a month.
Hexagenia OhiopyleAbout an hour or so before dusk you can start to use a Hex nymph, you will want to provide a sporadic rising and falling action to the nymph.  You will see the hatch start to fire up about 45 minutes before dusk, be prepared.. because it will fire up and go until dark.  The fish will have little interest in the bug prior to the hatch starting.  But you will have a window to throw the monster dry fly at rising trout once you see the first Hex take flight until you can no longer see due to darkness.  When fishing the dry, do not be afraid to put some action into the fly, you will notice that the natural fly will make quite a commotion on the surface.

Ohiopyle Rainbow trout

To stay current with what is hatching in Ohiopyle, bookmark Wilderness Voyageurs’ Youghiogheny Hatch page.  Feel free to call us at 800-272-4141 for updates on stream conditions, and hatches.  If you are in Ohiopyle, stop in, to our Ohiopyle Outfitters Store has more than 500 fly patterns available and a full selection of Orvis or Echo rods and reels.   If you are fishing in Garrett County, Maryland, we do carry a limited selection of flies and gear at our Friendsville, MD outfitter store.

Directions to our Ohiopyle Fly fishing shop.
Wilderness Voyageurs web page

Wilderness Voyageurs is located at 103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

See you on the river!

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Ohiopyle Fly fishing Conditions 7-17-12

What’s Hatchenin’?

July 17, 2012

The Yough remains “the only game in town.” All of the tribs are very low and quite warm – water temps in the Yough are running 54-62 degrees and conditions are great for wading. With some additional rain we may see enough water for fishing float trips, but currently you should plan to wade and fish early or late in the day for best results.

Ohiopyle Yough River Hatches for July

Slate Dakes    sz 12-14

Light Cahills    sz 14

Yellow Darkes  sz 10

BWO             sz 14-16

Midges           sz 24-26

Tom Caddis     Sz 16

Sulphurs        sz 16-18

Micro Caddis   sz 20-22

Ohiopyle fishing

Caught on the Yough with a Hares Ear nymph 

Dale’s Tip of the Week

Insect hatches continue to be quite good. Most days this is an early evening phenomenon. You should be prepared to fish several different patterns and the fish may change their minds part way through the hatch. Recently during a two hour flurry of activity trout rose first to Slate Drakes, switched to Rusty Spinners and finished on Cahill Emergers. Be prepared!

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Ohiopyle fishing is off the hook

Pun intended!  Grab your gear and head to Ohiopyle.  The Yough is fishing incredibly well at this moment.   River levels are expected to be 1.6 to 1.8 this week.  We had a float trip on the Middle Yough, boat 30+ fish on Wednesday.  Hats off to Kevin their guide.

Check out this beauty caught on Friday afternoon.   A soft hackle Pheasant Tail did the trick.  The fish measured out at 22 + inches

Ohiopyle fishing at its finest

There are BWO’s every where, and did we mention Isonychia??  Oh yeah there are Slate Drakes coming off very consistently and the fish are keying on them.

Guide tip of the day: During the middle of the day, go really deep with ann Iso nymph, bumping along the bottom

Interested in a guided fishing trip on the Yough?

Want to know what is hatching on the Yough in Ohiopyle.

Call Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, PA at 800-272-4141.

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Fly Fishing For Scouts & Kids (Teach A Kid To Fish And S/He Gets Off The Computer!)

Flyfishing Merit Badge Wilderness VoyageursYou teach a man to fish and he eats for life…. Teach a kid to fish, and you keep him or her off the computer and in the woods! 

If the kid is a scout the bonus is they will earn a Merit Badge to boot.  This weekend bring your aspiring young fisherman to Ohiopyle and Wilderness Voyageurs will return them to you with a new healthy hobby.   All fishing equipment is provided and we will start the discovery of this sport at the very beginning.  So no experience required.

The program is structured to meet the Boy scout requirements for the Fly fishing Merit badge, but is an awesome introduction for any kids wanting to get in to the sport.

Learn more about the Kids flyfishing program.
Or call Wilderness Voyageurs at 800-272-4141.

103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470

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Youghiogheny Trout fishing

WAHOOOOO

Is about all you can say when you finish up a 15 minute fight with a trout and this is on the other end.

 

He is not telling you what he was using

 

Jason from Pittsburgh is the skilled angler that landed this beautiful Brown Trout on June 15th on the Middle Yough.  The Youghiogheny River level was about 1.7.  His guide was Brian G.

 

 

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Yough Fishing Report June 10

Water Conditions

Locally heavy thunderstorms on Thursday 6/9 have “muddied the waters.”  Meadow Run and Dunbar are unfishable at this time.  The Yough, on the other hand, is at perfect level.  Water temp is 58 degrees.  Caddis are hatching and the fishing is incredible!!  The forecast is for more rain so a call to the shop to check current conditions is wise (724-329-5517).   Otherwise check the US Coast Guard link on our website for current river levels.

Lots of fishing space on the Middle yough

11 miles of fishing space

Youghiogheny Hatches

An “Epic” Green Drake hatch is now history.  This is the third year of excellent Drake hatches and should make for some fine fishing next May and June.  However, there are hatches “galore” to fish right now.  Sulphurs continue as do March Browns and they will be joined soon by the following:

Light and Cream Cahills   Sz 14-16

Slate Drakes   Sz 12-14

Yellow Drakes   Sz 10

Yellow Quills   Sz 14-16

Tan & Silver Caddis   Sz 12-16

Guide’s Tip:

Higher water levels call for streams fished tight to the bank and in the eddies.  Trout will seek these calmer waters until flows drop.  You should also try brightly colored nymphs fished in deep runs.

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Green Drakes have arrived in the Yough Valley

Yahooooooo

Finally it looks like the high water is coming to an end ( at least briefly).  The ten day forcast is bright and sunny for Ohiopyle, (15470).  And lucky for us fisher types, that coincides nicely with what we think will be the remainder of the Green Drake Hatch ( Ephemera danica)
.  Check out this beautiful Drake caught on Meadow Run.

Green Drake Hatch Meadow Run

Makin' da fish crazy

The Drake hatch is in full swing and we believe it will continue for approximately 10 days.   You will also find the hatch on the Laurel Hill, Dunbar Creek, and the Youghiogheny.   There have been a couple of spinner falls, 2 maybe 3 already.  The drake hatch although famous, it is not always the food of choice for trout,, but, The fish are turned on!   Reports of multiple fish in the 20 + inches range from Meadow Run in the last few days.   The Drake will lure large old wiley fish from crevasses.

The most alluring vision is to take that large trout when he makes a splashy rise and targets your Dry Drake!  That is the best.. but keep in mind you will have much more success sub-surface.  The emerger will generate many more hook-ups.  Keep in mind as the hatch progresses, fish will become more selective, as well as the water will be clearing

If you can not make it to the creeks in the next week, have no fear…  The Sulpher hatch has begun in earnest, and it should last for a month,, especially heavy in the evenings

Meadow Run Rainbow Trout

Thank you Green Drake emerger

Stay in tune with what is happening on the yough by checking out the Wilderness Voyageurs Hatch Page or the new Facebook group we started for fishing on the Yough

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Youghiogheny Hatch report for early May

What’s Hatchenin’?

May 11, 2011

Stream conditions improve with each rainless day! All of the Yough tribs in Maryland & PA are at good levels and are running clear. The Yough iteself is high, but fishable. The color is good but levels make for tricky wading. Be safe. Remember your wading staff or fish Meadow Run, Dunbar, Laurel Hill or the Casselman.

Friday the 13th update: IT RAINED!! Ohiopyle received nearly 2″ of rain, which brought the tributaries up and turned everything muddy. The Yough itself is still holding well and might be the best fishable option for your weekend.

 

Hatches

Water temps are running in the 50’s now, finally! This makes for good hatches and the warm days of later will cause all the hatches to be compressed into fewer weeks time. Look for and be ready to fish any or all of these:

BWO sz 18
Blue Quill sz 16
Quill Gordon sz 12-14
Hendrickenson sz 12-14
March Brown sz 12-14
Sulphurs sz 16
Caddis sz 14-18

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