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NC Fishing Report 1/25/2021

Stream: North Mills River

Date: 1/20/2021

Guide: Tony Brooks

What to expect: N. Mills is at median for this time of year and running clear. That’s just a touch skinny but normal for this time of year. Hold-over fish “gone wild” have been found rising to winter stoneflies on the surface film using a dry/dropper set up.

Stream Flow: 180 CFS – Median 180 CFS

Water Temp: Low 40’s

Clarity: Gin Clear

General Overview: Dry/Dropper with a size 16 dry Stone and a small mayfly nymph pattern, squirmy worm or micro egg pattern have triggered strikes.

Best Advice: Go after 10am and be done by 4pm. Using a Euro/Tightline set up, fish at some distance away (25 – 30 feet) with light entry casts and 2.5′ – 4′ of 6x tippet (Fluro) from the dry to a nymph or two. A cast of three flies covering multiple layers of the column works in slow seams and tailouts with a couple feet of depth. Start initial drifts keeping the dry suspended in the air. Subsequent drifts working the dry down to the surface and dabbing the dry up and down some off of the surface a few inches or so.

Hatches:

Winter Stoneflies (14-18)

BWO (18-22)

Midges (20-26)

Go To Patterns:

Black Mop Girdle Bug with Black Legs (10-12)

Dry Stripper Stone (16)

Walt’s Worm (14-16)

Frenchie (14-18)

Chartreuse Mop (10-12)

Tan Squirmy Worm (10-14)

Eggs!

Miscellaneous: N. Mills is only minutes away from Asheville Regional Airport and can see a fair amount of pressure due to its proximity to the greater Asheville Area. Mid-week trips have had surprisingly little angling pressure throughout the watershed. Dabbing the dry up and down can get rising fish to lift their heads several inches out of the water. Kind of fun the tease them a bit!

PA Fishing Report 10/2/2020

Stream:  Pohopoco Creek (Lehighton, PA)

Date:   10/1/2020

Author: Ben Broscius

What to Expect: The Po is at a great flow and temperature range right now. Fishing has been good in the deeper pockets, holes, and runs

Stream Flow: 147 CFS – Median is 60 CFS

Water Temp: Low 50’s

Clarity: Clear

General Overview:  Dry dropper rigs have been most productive!

Best Advice: Fish small, lightly weighted nymphs below a suspension device such as a thingamabobber or dry fly. Focus on the areas greater than knee deep.

Go To Patterns:

Drab Pheasant Tail (16-20)

Elk Hair Caddis (14-16)

Black Zebra Midge (16-20)

Split wing CDC caddis (14-18)

Olive Perdigon (16-18)

Olive Hare’s Ear (12-14)

PA Fishing Report 9/7/2020

Stream:  Valley Creek (King of Prussia, PA)

Date:   9/7/2020

Author: Brian Scott

What to Expect: Valley is low and clear. Fishing is good, lots of wild browns varying in size.

Stream Flow: 21CFS – Median is 18CFS

Water Temp: Mid 60’s

Clarity: Clear

General Overview:  Tightline nymphing is very productive, decent dry fly fishing early in the day!

Best Advice: Go early in the day and focus on shade and deeper pools. Junk flies and pheasant tails have been working.

Go To Patterns:

Pink Hotspot Frenchie(14-18)

Orange Hotspot Frenchie(14-18)

Elk Hair Caddis (14-16)

Pheasant tails (14-18)

Black Zebra Midge (16-20)

Green Mop (12-14)

Want some on the water instruction? Our experienced guides can help with that! Click here for more information.

NC Fishing Report 9/1/2020

Stream: Davidson River

Date:9/1/2020

Guide: Tony Brooks

What to Expect: The Davidson is above median for this time of year and running clear. Can’t ask for it to be any better this time of year. Fish have been found using a dry/dropper in shaded pockets or oxygenated runs early from first daylight to about 10am.  Late evening during the magic hour before dark can be good with cooling temperatures coming over Labor Day weekend.

Stream Flow: 200 cfs and  level, median 60 cfs

Water Temp:mid/upper 60’s

Clarity: Gin clear

General Overview:Dry/dropper with a Elk Hair Caddis and a small mayfly nymph pattern, squirmy worm or baetis pattern have triggered takes

Best Advice:Go Early. Keep a low profile, fish at some distance away with light entry casts with 2.5″-3′ tippet  6.5-7X(fluro) from the dry to the nymph.

Hatches:Hanging inchworm(14-18)
BWO (18-22)
Tan Caddis(18-22)
Midges (20-26)
Terrestrials (6-10)

Go To Patterns:
Black Girdle w/ white legs (10-12)
Elk Hair Caddis(18-22)
Walt’s Worm (14-16)
Frenchie(14-18)
Chartreuse squirmy(10-12)
Olive Bugger (8-12)

Miscellaneous: Less pressure will be found and more opportunistic fish in the upper more remote part of the watershed.

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COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

When you decide to book a guided fishing trip with us, it is our job to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our guides.

To respond to COVID-19 and the constantly changing environment it presents us with, we will do the following on ALL guided trips until further notice:

  • All of our guides will wear masks throughout the duration of your trip
  • We will maintain social distancing standards
  • All borrowed equipment will be disinfected before and after client usage

If there’s anything we can do to make you feel more comfortable when fishing with us just let us know when you book your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you accordingly.

Thank you,

Ben Broscius

Owner/Guide

PA Fishing Report 8/5/2020

Stream:  Big Spring Creek (Newville, PA)

Date:   8/5/2020

Guide:  Ben Broscius

What to Expect: Big Spring is fishing very well right now. Consistent flows and constant cold water are producing great fishing at anytime of the day. Fish of all different sizes are being landed.

Stream Flow: 32 CFS – Median is 31 CFS

Water Temp: Low/mid 50’s

Clarity: Clear

General Overview:  Dry dropper has been working very well. Fish are rising to the dry about as much as they are eating the lightly weighted nymph subsurface.

Best Advice: Fish the deeper heads of the riffles. Fish seem to be holding in this water very strongly – but be sure not to overlook the shallow flats as they as they are holding trout as well.

Go To Patterns:

Elk Hair Caddis(16-20)

Drab Pheasant Tail(14-18)

Tan mop(10-12)

Yellow Stimulator(12-16)

Blue Perdigon(16-18)

Brown/Black France Fly(14-18)

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Guide Spotlight – Chris McCoun

Chris McCoun – Collegeville, Pennsylvania

ASFFG: “How long have you been fly fishing?”

Chris: “I started fly fishing 11 years ago, when I found my dad’s old fly rod in the garage.”

ASFFG: “Why did you decide to become a fly fishing guide?”

Chris: “I loved fly fishing so much that I wanted to make it part of my everyday lifestyle. There is nothing more pleasing to me than sharing the experience of a client catching their first trout on a fly or even their first fish.”

ASFFG: “What’s your favorite species to fish for and why?”

Chris: “Trout are my favorite when I’m looking for a faster pace fishing. If I feel like I have more patience and time I love fishing for carp. Sight fishing for a fish that is 20+ lbs and always takes you to your backing never gets old.”

ASFFG: “What is your Favorite body of water to fish?”

Chris: “Any small to medium sized creeks in the Allentown/Pocono area.”

ASFFG: “Favorite thing about your home state?”

“What I love about PA is that you can find any kind of fishing in any terrain. Flat spring creeks with nothing but farm around to large river to small brooks that flow through mountains. The versatility of type of fishing makes sure you will never get tired  of fishing in PA.”

Interested in fishing with Chris? Call 267-567-4221 to book your trip today

PA Fishing Report 7/25/2020

Stream:  Pohopoco Creek (Lehighton, PA)

Date:   7/25/2020

Guide:  Ben Broscius

What to Expect: Pohopoco is clear and cold! Lots of wild Browns being caught as well as plenty of fingerling and adult Rainbows.

Stream Flow: 97 CFS – Median is 91 CFS

Water Temp:  Mid/High 50’s

Clarity: Clear

General Overview:  Traditional and tightline nymphing techniques have been working very well. Streamers too!

Best Advice: Fishing a single nymph on the edges/banks has been productive. Jig/strip small dark-colored streamers in the deeper riffles, runs, and pools

Go To Patterns:

Pink Hotspot Frenchie(14-18)

Orange Hotspot Frenchie(14-18)

Hare’s Ear(12-16)

Flashback PT (12-16)

Olive/Black Marabou Bugger(10-14)

Olive/Black/Brown Headbanger Sculpin (8-10)

Stream:  Bushkill Creek (Easton, PA)

Date:   7/25/2020

Guide:  Ben Broscius

What to Expect: Bushkill is low and clear. After the recent fish kill there seems to still be fairly decent numbers of Browns and Rainbows throughout the stream. Trout have been holding in the deeper riffles and pools.

Stream Flow: 84 CFS – Median is 117 CFS

Water Temp: Low/Mid 60’s

Clarity: Clear

General Overview:  Dry dropper has been especially effective in the recent weeks

Best Advice: Start fishing from 6am to around 11am. Fishing has been best between these times. Stop fishing as water temps climb in the afternoon.

Go To Patterns:

Elk Hair Caddis(16-20)

Pink Hotspot Frenchie(14-18)

Puff Daddy(18-22)

Parachute Adams(16-20)

Hare’s Ear(12-16)

Olive Marabou Bugger(10-14)

Want some on the water instruction? Our experienced guides can help with that! Click here for more information.

PA Fishing Report 7/15/2020

Stream:  Pohopoco Creek

Date:   7/15/2020

Guide:  Ben Broscius

What to Expect: Pohopoco is at a great flow and clear. Fish have been found on the edges and deeper pockets and pools throughout the morning. As the day progresses fish the shade as many fish can be found moving to those areas.

Stream Flow: 97 CFS – Median is 73 CFS

Water Temp: Low/mid 60’s

Clarity: Clear

General Overview:  Tightlining a single nymph has been most effective in the deeper pockets and pools. Terrestrials and dries for the edges and banks.

Best Advice: Start fishing from sunrise to around 11am. Return once the day starts to cool down around 6pm or so.

Go To Patterns:

Elk Hair Caddis(16-20)

Walt’s Worm (12-16)

Orange Hotspot Frenchie(14-18)

Green mop(10-12)

Foam Beetle (12-14)

Foam Ant (12-18)

Want some on the water instruction? Our experienced guides can help with that! Click here for more information.

NC Fishing Report 7/14/20

Stream:  West Fork Pigeon River

Date:   7/11/2020

Guide:  Tony Brooks

What to Expect: West Fork is low and clear. Fish have been found tightlining in shaded pockets or oxygenated runs early from first daylight to about 10am.  Late evening in the magic hour before dark can be good if it doesn’t get too hot through the day.

Stream Flow: 43 cfs and falling to level, median 45 cfs

Water Temp:     low/mid 60’s

Clarity:         Gin clear

General Overview:       Dry/dropper with a Elk Hair Caddis and a small mayfly nymph pattern, San Juan or squirmy worm have triggered takes on both wild and stocked fish

Best Advice:    Go Early. Keep a low profile, fish at some distance away with light entry casts with 1.5 to 2.0 mm tungsten bead 3 to 5′ tippet  6.5-7X(fluro)

Hatches:        Hanging inchworm(14-18)
BWO (18-22)
Tan Caddis(14-16)
Midges (20-26)
Terrestrials (6-10)

Go To Patterns:
Tan Girdle (10-12)
Elk Hair Caddis(16-20)
Walt’s Worm (14-16)
Frenchie(14-18)
Cream mop(10-12)
Olive Bugger (8-12)

Miscellaneous:  Lots of all types of other anglers are covering the Delayed Harvest section as well as the Hatchery Supported water. Less pressure will be found and more opportunistic fish in the upper more remote part of the watershed.

Pop up thunderstorms can be a blessing or curse and happen routinely. Welcomed air temperature drops and some turbity can turn the fish on. A hard downpour can blow everything out for the day, however.

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