Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
Has there been a better January and February in recent memory? We think not! Temperatures have stayed above freezing for most of the month and that has made for some outstanding fishing early in this 2020 season. Up until now the Erie tribs have experienced very little ice, and even when they have it's burned off quickly. That has changed a bit over the last few days, though. Frigid temperatures at night have led to morning slush and ice. It's usually burning off by noon, but there is no need to hit the water early. Fish have continued to move throughout the streams and are holding in all types of water, from deeper holes to pocket water riffles.
As we move further into spring (as if there has even been a winter!) be mindful of steelhead that are in their spawning zones. Redds are recognized by gravel bars and shallows with deep divots and piles of rocks. Please be aware of those areas and avoid walking through them. Furthermore, if you see spawning steelhead paired off, consider leaving them alone in favor of other fish. While PA steelhead don't have a terribly great spawn rate, anything anglers can do to help them, the better!
Luckily, even while some fish are already in spawn mode, plenty are hungrily devouring eggs and nymphs in faster sections of the streams. Heads of the riffles and steep shelf drop-offs have been extremely productive as of late, and while fish will eventually transition to deeper holes with colder weather, anglers should take advantage of the great conditions while they last!
Some hot flies on recent trips include:
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