Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
April marks the return of trout season for some, and the continuation of great fishing for others! The streams in NW PA have been outstanding with plenty of fish netted on every trip. Despite winter being behind us, the weather can still be very influential in determining what sort of day it will be. April can have a week of warm sun followed by freezing temperatures and more (dare I even say it) snow. Keep an eye on weather reports and try to pick out the nice days. It will be more enjoyable for the angler, but it will also stimulate more bug activity.
"Nice" as it relates to fly fishing usually means cloudy, with not much wind, and fairly warm air temps. That combination can lead to some great days during this time of year and those out on the water should look out for BWO and a few caddis that might be hatching. On a few of our local streams there have even been some steady stone fly hatches in the evenings, so have a few of those patterns on hand!
Fly choice has primarily been dictated by water conditions. When it's warm and the water has excellent clarity the fish have reacted well to dry flies, but on those bitter cold mornings the name of the game has been getting down low to the hunkered down fish. If you happen upon a pod of stocked trout, streamers in both white and black should elicit some action as would mop flies or egg patterns. Suckers are currently spawning, and while their sporting quality isn't often pursued by fly fishers their eggs provide excellent food for trout. Keeping a few egg patterns on hand can pay dividends for the observant angler!
Good luck to everyone going out this week, and please feel free to share your catches with us!
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