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  • Winter fishing help

     ToxicTung updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • ToxicTung

    December 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Had great success the last couple summers in Northern PA. Ill up there with the in-laws between Christmas and New Years, so I plan on fishing every daylight hour. I have 0 winter fly fishing experience.

    Stocked water: The usuals? Tiny nymph? Girdle bug? Deeper slower water?

    Wild streams: size down and brighter nymphs?

    Please help me stay out of the cabin longer. Thank you.

  • danthebiker1981

    December 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Cold hands is usually what limits my winter fishing. Bring a towel to dry your hands with after reaching into the water. Those little hand warmers help too. I haven’t ever found a glove that i can fish with.

  • Philx570

    December 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Check out troutbitten. He has some good advice about winter fishing and PA. Probably all nymphing, but I don’t know the area. Get out and do it. Best way to learn.

  • dahuii22

    December 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Mops in deeper slower water for both stockers and wilds.

  • troutmadness

    December 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Try a bubble gum pink San Juan worm!

  • phoult37

    December 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    In my experience on spring creeks, winter fishing is usually deep and slow. Small streamers can also be effective when fished like nymphs (dead drift under an indicator or tight-line). Crayfish and pink scud patterns can also be a effective, but that is a little more stream dependent.

    If possible, try to find springs where the water will be colder and and have more oxygen. If the air temp is warmer and there’s sunshine, the fish tend to move into the faster water. If you can find water temps (USGS website) or can take one yourself, you can try to locate the fish better.

    As far as fly selection, black caddis usually hatch in the spring creek winter months, so small black nymphs or even drys (if a sunny day). Stonefly nymph patterns are also worth a try, as are small attractors (rainbow warrior, frenchie).

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