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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Richard Tate

When winter conditions are right, you can catch big trout

Winter is the least popular time for fly-fishing.
However, a small number of fly-fishing diehards sneak out to their favorite waters during the winter.
Some are big-trout anglers who use streamers to latch onto trout. A few dry-fly purists seek hatches of midges. Most however, me included, favor nymphs for our winter adventures. Winter fly-fishing is not a masochistic exercise in futility. Trout can be caught, sometimes in good sizes and numbers.

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Run them down: Pursuing flocks of turkeys is an enjoyable fall challenge

With the Pennsylvania Game Commission enacting more restrictive rules governing the autumn turkey hunting season in an effort to reduce the number of birds taken during the fall, turkey hunters have to make the most of the time they have to hunt.  
Some wildlife management units have seen their fall season reduced to two weeks – or just one. It is pretty much shotguns and bows only, too. To be successful with these new policies in force, a hunter has to do several things to maximize his chances for success.

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Lovely time to be on a stream: Autumn fly fishing for trout is tough to beat

By autumn, most sportsmen from Pennsylvania and other states across the country are focused on the hunting seasons. This is especially true of deer hunters who hunt with bows and crossbows.  
Only a few sportsmen are interested in fly-fishing for trout; but the ones who are have the chance to make fine catches while fishing uncrowded streams.
The best autumn fly-fishing begins close to the first day of autumn. By that time trout streams that may have been too warm for trout have cooled off to temperatures that trout find tolerable.  

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Robbing the bank: Fly fishermen shouldn’t always cast midstream

Historically, some of our country’s most notorious criminals robbed banks. Names like Jesse James and John Dillinger come to mind. These criminals came to bad ends.
Like them, I enjoy robbing banks; but I am not a criminal, and I hope not to come to a bad end. The banks I rob are not money depositories; the ones I rob are creek and river banks.

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The best hatch: Emergence of sulphurs are highlight of spring in Pennsylvania for trout anglers

Enthusiastic fly-fishermen enjoy finding and fishing to hatches of aquatic insects. Of all the hatches in Pennsylvania, the hatches of yellowish mayflies known as sulphurs (Ephemerella invaria, rotunda, and dorothea) provide the most widespread, long-lasting, hatch-matching action of the fly-fisher’s year.

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Commentary: Changes can be made if the Pennsylvania Game Commission really cares about turkeys

Mary Jo Casalena is the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s lead wild turkey biologist and is the spokesperson for the commission’s turkey-management policies. In an effort to slow the continued decline of the size of Pennsylvania’s wild turkey flock, she and the commission have taken some steps. They have included shortening fall seasons and limiting sporting arms

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