Tricos and a fisherman’s bad luck

Of course, you know that would happen.

THE major Lackawanna River hatch in a particular section of river I often fish is the trico mayfly. On many July and August mornings, the sky is filled with a cloud of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of the little buggers. On sunlit mornings, the sun light glistens off their wings making for an interesting photo (see below). However, I’ve found the trout are not very responsive to the spinner fall. Perhaps the trout are not used to seeing such an abundance of surface fare. Whatever the reason, this past week it was a little different. I arrived at the river rather late (10 am) and observed the cloud of tricos. I went down to the end of the pool and lo and behold, there were some trout rising, nothing big mind you, but trout never the less. Within 15-minutes I had my first trout on a trico spinner. What’s that I hear?! Voices, from up river. Sure enough here come a couple of guys in their kayaks. Great! That will put the trout down. Sure enough, it was almost an hour before the trout resumed rising and by that time the tricos were sparse. I did manage to catch three other small trout, but on a size 20, parachute ant.


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Fund raising raffle

Hurry, hurry, hurry. There is still time to purchase raffle tickets for our fund raising activity, but you need to be quick about it. The drawing will be September 16, 2014. The raffle is limited to 200 tickets, so your odds of winning one of the items is very good. Even if you already have enough equipment, you should still buy a ticket as you are donating to a worthy cause – the improvement of the Lackawanna River. And, you could always sell your winnings on Ebay. You can pick up tickets at A&G Outfitters or mail your $10 check per ticket as follows:

Lackawanna Valley TU Raffle
c/o A&G Outfitters
542 Boulevard Ave
Dickson City, PA 18519

It’s important to include “raffle” in the address, so it gets immediate attention. Make the check out to Lackawanna Valley TU and don’t forget to include your name, address, and phone number. Good luck.2014 Raffle

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A&G August Newsletter

Read what’s coming up at A&G Outfitters. Highlights include:

  • Musky seminar.
  • Steelhead trips.
  • Orvis Summer sale.
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Tying flies – a great reference book

So, now that you’ve decided to take the plunge and learn how to tie, “The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles” by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer is an excellent book which provides the neophyte and experienced angler alike the methods needed to tie flies. For example, there are 30 methods shown on the subject of fly tails. The book covers everything from preparing the feather barbs, stacking and aligning hair, tying the hollow-hair, tying a marabou tail and much more. Get it and the next time you come across a pattern calling for a woven body, you’ll know what that means and how to do it.

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Tying flies – how to start

Are you new to fly fishing? Has the art of tying flies appealed to you, but you didn’t know where to start? Here’s a good primer on how to get started, if you decide to give it a try.

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Sunken Trico spinners – August 2014

In July and August and even into the fall months a major hatch on many rivers is the Trico. This fly is typically fished in its spinner stage, but spinners eventually sink and, at times, are taken eagerly by trout. This video show three versions of the sunken spinner.

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Aug 10, 2014 fishing report

Charlie’s river report and — Fishin’ Gals: I have my spies, and they have reported back to me that … more

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July 27, 2014 fishing report

Charlie’s river report and — GETTING INVOLVED: I spent all morning Wednesday sitting in on a meeting of … more

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Oil spill update

Our friends at the Lackawanna River Corridor Association have published an excellent update about the oil spill clean-up efforts. Read about it here.

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Lackawanna River abused once again

The river has suffered many abuses dating back to the days of coal, but once again she’s been abused. Sometime in the last two weeks, fuel oil flowed from the sewer pipe near the Poplar Street bridge and stained streamside vegetation for as far as one or two miles. A local fisherman first noticed the oil at Olive Street and after he located the source, he called Kevin. Almost an hour later, Charles Charlesworth notified the DEP and an investigation began. The DEP determined that the real source was from an abandoned above-ground tank at the steam energy plant on North Washington Street. A cleanup has begun.

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A brief commentary from your editor. The chapter and the river are extremely thankful to the fisherman who called Kevin, but his first call should have been to the DEP and Kevin could have been second. I don’t know one way or the other if he called the DEP; I’m just surmising. What if this was happening when the fisherman first discovered it and not a couple of weeks ago? Time is of the essence and the authorities must be called first before calling a fishing buddy. Think about it. What if Kevin wasn’t available and it was a realtime emergency? The 24-hour reporting numbers is found at the top of the page under Report Pollution – add it to your cell phone address book.


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