Pennsylvania Trout 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

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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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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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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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