21 May 2015 Ohiopyle Fishing Update Memorial Day
Yough River hatches are happening
March Browns and Green Drakes can be found throughout the waters of Ohiopyle State Park. At this moment, May 21st, the March Browns are the most plentiful bug we are seeing. Large numbers of them, and they are really large bugs. They tend to start hatching in the early afternoon and look for the spinner fall around dark. They live in shallow riffles and runs so prospect with the nymph at the tails of these riffles where the water is slowing. The Hare’s ear nymph is a great pattern to prospect with.
If you have a little spare time on your hands, Orvis has a great video on how to tie up some March Browns. For the rest of you, stop into the shop, we have a plentiful selection of them, emergers and drys.
Green Drakes have been spotted in the tributaries over the last 5 days. That means soon you will start to see them in the Yough. First they will be found closest to Ohiopyle and then slowly they will be seen further upstream towards Confluence.
We are also seeing sporadic sulpher activity.
Yough River Conditions
Water levels have stabilized around 2 feet, or 1000 cfs on the Ohiopyle gauge, and water temperatures are on a solid march upwards. This past week we saw river temperatures between 55 and mid 60’s. These temps will have the fish starting to look upward, so you don’t have to bonk them on the nose to get them interested in what you are swinging.
Our Ohiopyle Fly shop has more than 500 patterns available, and we are a stone’s throw ( figuratively) from the Yough. Located next to the railroad tracks at the north entrance to Ohiopyle.
Rent a raft or a recreational kayak to float the Middle Yough and get after those fish that are hiding on river right.
When you are done poking through the Laurel and you have worn out the last Yough rainbow trout, stop in to the shop and tell us some tall truths. Extra incentive- all Echo Fly Rods are 20% off
Wilderness Voyageurs, 103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470 800-272-4141 This report has been the collaboration of Ryan McCauley and Dale Kotowski, thank them when you see them on the water.