Fly Fishing

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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Colorado Trout fishing and Relaxation trip

The main reason we pack up the rods and head to western Colorado in September is because of the out-of-this world trout fishing, but the overall relaxation index for this trip is right around 10.  This year that is ramped up to about 11 with this incredibly cool addition to Avalanche Ranch, our lodging for the week.

for full details on our Colorado Fishing trip  

 

This story is from the Post Independent Newspaper of Glenwood Springs

REDSTONE, Colorado — Chuck Ogilby has long eyed the hot springs located along the Crystal River about a mile upstream from his Hell Roaring Ranch, wondering if some of the many veins of hot springs that run through the area might lie beneath his property.

That speculation eventually turned to reality, resulting in the official opening of the new Avalanche Ranch hot springs just after Memorial Day.

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“We always knew the potential was there,” said Ogilby, who with his wife, Meredith, and their family, has owned Hell Roaring Ranch — hidden behind thick vegetation on the hillside above the river and Highway 133 — for 35 years.

“We had wanted to buy the neighboring Avalanche Ranch property for a long time, but it wasn’t until we were able to do that in 2006 that we started getting more serious about finding the hot springs,” he said.

So, about two years ago, with help from their geologist son, Kayo, and a group of his students from Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, they pinpointed a spot to drill a test well.

“He had brought some of the CRMS kids up to study the area, and found several vents along the highway that were melting the snow,” Ogilby said.

Students were given an assignment to determine, if they were to build a well to try to tap into the hot springs, where on the Hell Roaring Ranch property would they drill, explained Ogilby’s daughter, Molly Jacober.

At the location they picked, the students estimated they would have about a 70 percent chance of striking a hot spring, recalled Jacober, who co-manages the historic Avalanche Ranch cabins and antique store with Mark Braendle.

On one try, less than 200 feet deep, they struck their liquid gold — a vein of underground water running at about 93 degrees Fahrenheit at the time.

It wasn’t quite as hot as they were hoping for. By comparison, the nearby Penny and Filoha Meadows hot springs enter the Crystal River at about 127 F.

But the find was enough to proceed with developing the spring — part of a master plan to build a series of hot springs pools for Avalanche Ranch guests to use, and to eventually heat the ranch house and 13 log cabins at the resort using geothermal technology.

Molly, her husband Tai Jacober, and the Ogilbys had been working on design concepts involving a series of pools cascading down from the upper end of the property.

Working with landscape architect Ric Fields of Avon, Jacober Brothers Construction and others, the result is a beautifully landscaped area with rock walls and three pools with concrete floors, each at a different temperature.

The hot springs have already become a popular new attraction for overnight guests and day visitors at Avalanche Ranch, Molly Jacober said.

Interestingly, after they built the pump system running some 3,000 feet uphill from the well through super-insulated pipe, they turned on the water on March 12 to discover that the temperature of the water had risen to 93.5 F.

The water temperature continued to rise steadily over the next three months, peaking at about 100.1 F on June 12 and remaining there ever since, Ogilby said.

The upper pool where the raw spring water enters is now 100.1 degrees. The middle pool is boosted using electric heat to 103 degrees. A waterfall pours into a larger lower pool that typically runs from 92 to 94 degrees.

“We haven’t really advertised it much, but word’s getting around,” said Jacober. “So far it’s worked well to have day users come up during the daytime hours when our other guests are out doing things, and reserving them exclusively for our guests in the evenings.”

The cabins and other overnight guest facilities at the ranch are usually booked solid through the summer season, she said.

“One of our goals in building the hot springs is to boost occupancy for the winter months,” said Jacober.

The ranch is also making use of the geothermal energy to heat the flagstone deck around the pools during the colder months.

This fall, the larger ranch house, which is available for larger groups and retreats, will be heated geothermally.

Ogilby explained that once the water runs through the pools, it is captured in a tank and pumped to a separate facility where it is heated to 120 degrees.

Eventually, the plan is to pump the hot water through all the cabins and remove the current propane heating system. The propane cooking and heating stoves will remain, he said.

“People still like the ambiance of having an open-flame stove when they’re in a cabin in the mountains,” Ogilby said.

jstroud@postindependent.com

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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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Fly Fishing tip of the week from WV

Dale’s Tip

The Quill Gordon begins it’s emergence on the stream bottom and as an adult fly swims to the surface to take flight. Fish a quill gordon wet fly or soft hackle emerger subsurface with a twitch for a chance at some really large fish. The takes are quite aggressive so remember to keep a light touch!

There are still a few Quills to be found on Meadow Run at this point.

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