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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-19-2018, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Eastern trout Spey...where do you swing in PA?

Just curious as to which PA waterss have been fun on the swing.

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DrBob, are you mostly alone when you swing for fish or are there a lot of other two handed anglers out there with you?

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It's a big system and I'm a spot meiser so I don't want to see other people. You know, one of those guys that own the river? I usually don't talk to anybody on the river and move to a spot where I don't see anybody!
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Delaware, Little J, Lehigh
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Everywhere. I'm in central/western part of the state. If there's no dry fly action, I'm swinging. I've pretty much given up on euro/tight line nymphing. I find swinging much more enjoyable. I might not catch as many fish that way, but I'm not a numbers guy.
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It's a big system and I'm a spot meiser so I don't want to see other people. You know, one of those guys that own the river? I usually don't talk to anybody on the river and move to a spot where I don't see anybody!
Thats the way to get it done. The fishing is really good within the Delaware system but there are lots of people. The best way to learn is to go and just drive and look. Hike and look. Private property is your biggest hurdle if you want to wade fish un pressured water and see nobody.
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Your location says Penn's Creek, that's as good a place to fish streamers as any in the state. I was born in PA. and got to know all the streams large & small in Union, Center, Clinton, Potter, Tioga, Sullivan and Lycoming counties well. I fished my feather wing streamers on all the streams regardless of size and that was my training ground for steelhead and salmon fishing. You are in a very good part of the country.

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What about more Western PA?
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Hey, Ard. Nice to see your name pop up. Hope youíre well. We should chat sometime. Iím home in Mifflinburg and my home territory is Union, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Columbia counties. With 3 and 2 year olds at home, its tough for me to get out an explore, so I default to Penns. Maybe you could help me narrow down my LOOOONG list of potential local waters.

Bocast - you definitely want to swing on Penns. Iíve been swinging this year, targeting the ďabove averageĒ fish, and I havenít been disappointed. Even in the midst of rising trout. Iím fishing an 11í 4/5 wt that my pal James Reid built. A strong 18Ē brown in heavy water puts quite the bend in bamboo.

Iím getting ready to start a 10í7Ē 4wt rod that should be a real hoot.







Donít count out smallmouth fishing too. Lower Penns, Little J, Big J, Susquehanna.... fun, fun, fun.



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RyanAK that bamboo two hander sure is a beauty. With a large brown on the hook, does the deep bend ever worry you as you play the fish?

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Worry about the rod? Nope. Everything was skookum. Bamboo is tough stuff and provides a ton of feel. Lots of fun. Iíll take this rod for summer run steelhead this fall. Thatís the level of confidence I have in it. (Unless I get my own rod finished by then!)

Where are you located? Youíre always welcome to give it a go if youíre in the neighborhood. Or if you see me on the river, certainly say hello and ask to fish it. Iím always happy to share anything bamboo. Not sure how many of Jamesís rods are around out East here... so not a ton of opportunity to cast one of his rods if you arenít on the steelhead rivers. (Not a lot of opportunity to cast ANY Spey rods for that matter...)
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Bobcast, Most of the creeks in Central PA are on the small side and pretty low right now. If I still lived in Centre County, I would swing the Little J around the confluence of Spruce Cr at night or at least as early or late in the day as possible. The private property situation is a little complicated and over the years people have challenged land owners by canoeing and kayaking. There is probably still public access just upstream for Spruce Cr. Technically, as long as your feet are wet on the larger streams, you are on solid legal ground.

This time of year, I think your best bet is during or just after a good rain event when the water goes from gin to farm stand apple juice. Here is the stream gauge for the site. The limestoners like Spring creek generally have decent base flow but also flash after a good rainfall. The freestone creeks like Penns and Big Fishing tend to get pretty low unless it has been a really good water year. During the summer, rain events thin out the number of people on the water at the same time that they put some big browns on the prowl for big meals. Fish in mid-week for a greater chance of solitude. Consider swinging as large a golden stone fly nymph as you can find.

As Ryan said, smallmouth on the Susquehanna particularly, the fast water just upstream from Harrisburg or the Juniata Narrows! Big water, big fun. It helps to have a canoe.

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Grew up in Williamsport. When I first got into spey, we would swing for smallies on the Susquehanna right in town. Great fun. I would second most of the recommendations above.

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Delaware River Hancock Up and down river of the Hancock Bridge 3-5 wt (trout/shad/bass) / Lower Delaware system 7-10+ wt. (stripers/shad/misc) / Lehigh River 5-7 wt. (trout/bass/misc) All the Smaller streams 3-5 wt. (trout/bass/misc). General guideline - your personal preference will vary.
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