02 Jun 2014 Ohiopyle fishing report May 6 2014
Ohiopyle fishing comes to life for the season
Hatches on the Yough had roared to life finally with the lifting temperatures both air and water,,,, then we took another week hiatus. The rain of last week elevated the Youghiogheny River level to over 3 feet on the Ohiopyle Gauge (greater than 3000 cfs). After natural stream flows abated, the Yough Reservoir began to release a substantial amount of water, leading to depressed water temperatures (49 degrees)
Grannom Caddis have been spotted flying upstream throughout the Lower Yough and the bottom of the Middle Yough, for about 10 days. On a sunny evening, look for the blizzard of these bugs around 5ish and continuing until close to 7 pm.
There are also Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, and Hendrickson’s hatching throughout the Yough.
European nymphing is a great technique in the Spring. Two or three nymphs fished deep with a little movement will usually outproduce indicator nymphing. “Go to” patterns should include bead head versions of the Prince, Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs in sizes 12 to 18. Caddis larvae patterns in tan and olive as well as brighter green to match the “rock worm” should be fished in sizes 14 to 16. Suckers spawn as water temperatures reach the 40’s. Your favorite sucker spawn patterns should be in your early Spring fly box. Try bright colors when the water is off color and go with paler shades as the water clears. Use a heavily weighted nymph such as the Vladi worm to anchor your nymph rig.
The joy of Spring fishing is matching the hatches as they occur. Somewhere on the Yough watershed, you will find the following in the coming months:
-grannom caddis sz 14-16
-blue quill sz 16-18
-quill gordon sz 12-14
-hendricksons sz 14-16
-march browns sz 1014
-tan and olive caddis sz 14-16
-sulphurs sz 12-14
-green and brown drakes sz 8-10
-cahills sz 14-16
-and, of course, ubiquitous midges sz 20-26
And if all of that is not enough…you can fish streamers. Remember in early Spring, colder water slows the trout’s metabolism. Swing your streamers for best results. As the water warms, you can begin to strip your streamers as the trout begin to chase.
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