Thursday, April 5, 2018

Stream Report PA - March 2018

Stream Conditions  •  Guide  •  Trip Reports

Fishing Report
03/16/2018 - Pennsylvania

Fly Fishing Big Wild Brown Trout in Pennsylvania

I have been fishing and guiding a lot the past 2/3 weeks. Fishing has been great! This week we observed blue winged olives, hendricksons, and a few caddis. Fish have been eating the olives pretty well on the surface. We have been catching some good fish in faster water. Rivers have been good but now the flows are higher. Fished in eastern PA for a day and the fishing was pretty good over there, it seems that the river temps and bugs are slightly further along than western PA. The streamer bite with the higher water has been pretty good too. Most fish have been caught using tight line tactics. Lately I have been fishing and guiding with the T&T 10' 8" 3wt. We have been catching a few fish with Dry Dropper techniques. This weekend looks high for a lot of PA. Some of the spring creeks will fish well if we don't get much more rain. 

We did move a few larger fish recently. Cant wait to try again this weekend!

Grannom Caddis Nymphs (Anything Chartreuse) #14-16
Olives #18-20
Frenchies #16-18
Rainbow Warrior #16
Sucker Spawn #14

-Josh Miller
fly fishing spring creek trout
wild brown trout penns creek
Big brown trout little Juniata Pennsylvania
little juniata fly fishing spring creek guide

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fly Tying : Egans Rainbow Warrior

Fly Tying : Egans Rainbow Warrior

Euro Nymph Czech Nymph Jig Hook

1. Starting the thread at the bead, proceed the thread to the bend of the hook. Tie in a few CDL fibers for the tail. In wide wraps proceed thread to the bead. 

2. Take 4" piece of pearl tinsel and secure it behind the bead. Then take your thread and secure it in wide wraps back to the base of the tail. 

3. After securing your tinsel, take your thread back to the bead in wide wraps. 

4. Add a small drop of glue to the thread.

5. Wrap tinsel up to the bead. 

Pa Fly Fishing Trout Euro Nymphing

6. Add a small amount of Light Rainbow Scud Dubbing to the thread. 
I cut my dubbing before adding it to the thread. Makes it easier to work with. Finish dubbing close to the bead. Whip finish.

Fly Tying Egan's Rainbow Warrior

Hook #14 Hanak 400
Bead 3.0mm silver
Thread 8/0 Uni Red
Tail CDL
Body Pearl Tinsel
Rainbow Scud Dub

Tying Lance Egans Rainbow Warrior. This is a great pattern during winter and early spring months. Good searching pattern. I am unsure of Egans original Recipe. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge

Fly Fishing Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge - South Andros Bahamas

Spent a week down in South Andros at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge. Flew into Nassau and took a short flight over to the Andros Island. Saltwater fish pull much harder than the trout I am used to catching! Caught a bunch of Bonefish and some Baracuda. Bill runs a fabulous lodge with outstanding service.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tying Egans Frenchie

Hook : Hanak 480
Bead : Copper Slotted Tungsten 3.0mm
Thread : Olive Dun Uni 8/0
Tail : CDL
Body : Natural Pheasant Tail
Rib : Size Small Red Wire
Collar : Florescent Pink Ice Dub

*(Not sure the Exact Recipe For Egans Original)

Hanak 480 Jig Hook

Wrap a base of thread to the bend of the hook. Tie in 4-5 Cdl fibers for the tail. Move your thread to the bead with wide wraps. 

Tie in 4 fibers of pheasant tail tips first in at the bead with the stems facing towards the point of the hook. Secure size small red wire to the hook at the same time. Using your thread wrap over the pheasant tail and wire until you reach the base of the tail.

Frenchy Fly

In wide wraps more your thread to the bead before wrapping the pheasant tail up to the bead. Secure pheasant tail tight to the bead. 

Fly Tying Czech Nymphs

Counter wrap the wire ribbing up to the bead. 

Regal Vice Fly Tying Jig Fly

I like to use florescent orange and florescent pink as my collar on the fly. I am unsure of Lance Egan's original recipe. I dub my collars sparse. 

Frenchy Frenchie Jig Tungsten Fly Fishing Lance Egan

Finished Frenchie Fly

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Presentation about Fly Fishing in Chile - International Angler

brown trout fly fishing cinco rios patagonia chile

I will be giving a presentation on my experience fishing in Chile. (Saturday February 10th - 9am) at International Angler. From fishing in Patagonia's Spring Creeks, Freestone rivers, to its beautful Lakes. 

International Angler
5275 Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh PA 15237
9AM 02/10/2018

Cinco Rios Chile Fly Fishing

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fishing Report - South Holston Tenessee

01/21/2018 - South Holston Tennessee

Drove from Pittsburgh down to fish the South Holston River near bristol, TN for a few days. Currently TVA is working to upgrade the dams ability to generate power. Because of this, the dam is releasing a constant flow of near 450. This is perfect to wade the river! Air temps reached the low 60's and fish were eating, really well actually. The river was still clear, light ice still around on the edges. Fish were podded up pretty good, if you caught one you could camp on the spot and pull a bunch of fish. Blue winged olives were fluttering around, with fish willing to rise to them at times. Most of our wish were caught tight line nymphing. Size 16 pheasant tail nymph, tied on a jig hook - Caught the majority of the fish. Fish averaged 8"- 14" wild browns and wild rainbows. It was the highest number of fish I have caught on the holston in a day. We stayed at the South Holston River Lodge, great place with great people. John and Tony do a great job there. 

BWO #16-18
Thread body Olives #18
Pheasant Tail #16

- Josh Miller

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Fly Fishing Techniques Cumberland Valley TU

Winter Fishing Techniques

Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited
1225 Peffer Rd, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055

Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing Josh Miller

Please join us this Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00pm at the Monroe Township firehall as we welcome. I will be speaking about winter techniques. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Guided Fly Fishing and Instruction

Learning the basics to sharpening your skills. Specializing in Euro Nymphing. 

I offer fly fishing trips for trout to central and western Pennsylvania, and access to private water. Corporate trips and Clinics available. Full or half day trips. Contact me for questions or to book a trip. 

Joe Humphries Fly Fishing

 Guide: Josh Miller, Coach for the Eastern Region for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, is from Ross Township, PA. Josh is a member of Fly Fishing Team USA and has worked as an assistant coach, and instructor, with Team USA Youth. Josh is also an Orvis Signature Fly Tier.

Monday, August 21, 2017

World Youth Fly Fishing Championship - Savinja Slovenia

WYFFC2017 - Savinja Slovenia

First Place - France
Second Place - Poland
Third Place - USA

68 Competitors
14 Countries Represented 

World Championship Slovenia Fly Fishing
(Pic - R. Hawse)

Fly Fishing Team USA
Douglas Freemann 
Holden Price
Grant Hawse
Evan Vanek
Seth Drake
Mike Komara
Head Coach - Kalvin Kaloz 
Coach - Josh Miller

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Team USA NE Regional Qualifier - May 2017

Fly Fishing Team USA NE Regional

Spring Creek Competition
Photo - Koons

Day 1. 
Team USA Score Sheet
First session was beat 3 on Upper Spring Creek, water I was very familiar with. Session started and I nymphed the lower pocket section of my beat. My first fish came quickly to the net, but was foul hooked, didn't score. The next fish was measured - 17cm, didn't score. In most Pennsylvania competitions we only count fish 18cm or greater. That data is then passed on to the PA Fish Commission. The next few fish came to net and all scored, they were taken on a light version of Plus One. Spotted one fish rising to Caddis in the flat section of my beat. I crept up and waited for him to rise again, never did. Caught a few more fish at the top of my beat and quickly ran out of time. Ended the session with 14 measured fish. Cody Burgdorff and Sean Crocker both had 14 fish, luckily my fish measured larger winning me the first session.
Second session was beat 3 on Lower Spring Creek. This water was near the gas station on rt 144 near Mccoy. The Creek was at a good level with great color, but the wind was intense. I altered my leader and changed rods to cope with the winds. I shortened my leader to around 8 feet, used a short heavy butt section straight to sighter. It helped but still was difficult to accurately cast, or even make a half decent drift. Worked the bottom half of my beat and got into some fish. The sky was overcast and was ready to rain. Fished up into what I thought was the best water, got some nice fish on small olive nymphs. Luckily the rain waited till the last 10 minutes of the session. Ended with 11 fish and won that session. After, meeting up with the others and found out that over on the Little Juniata a tree fell over the road blocking some competitors. Luckily everyone was ok and the tree was quickly removed by a local. 

Day 2.

First session was on Lake Perez. Luckily my team mates - Ken Crane and Michael Bradley fished the lake the day before and both won their sessions. The lake session was three hours, but we get to row out fifteen minutes before the session starts. I set up my 1007 Orvis H2 rod with a floating line. I worked some nymphs and caught my first fish about 10 minutes after the session started. Its cool fishing on a lake, during a competition, very different than a stream session. First off, you can see most of the competitors. In this case, most boats were pretty close together. I would look around and see competitors looking at one another trying to tell what lines or retrieves they were using. Caught 2 more fish. Ended with 3 fish total, taking me a 2nd for the session.

Second session was on The Little Juniata River. The section fished was near the Limestone Quarry upstream of the town of Spruce Creek. The hard rain the evening before put the river up over 1500 CFS. Started my session crawling through brush trying to access the river. I was fishing beat 1, it was a great beat - on low water, or if you could get to the other side! I was stuck on the outside bend. All that I could do was fish from the steep bank. The beat had a few small seems on my side that surely had to have some willing fish. I fished through most of the bank and didn't touch a fish. Got to the top and had one eddy that looked promising. Tossed a small Pheasant tail with a silver bead and hooked a good fish. It dove deep into the dark colored water. I was fishing heavy tippet and put some good pressure on the fish and when it broke the surface realized that it was foul hooked. Ah, didn't score. With a few minutes left I returned to the bottom of my beat and landed one 20cm brown trout. Ended with one fish. Took a 6th. 

(Doug Freeman, John Anderson, Pat Weiss, Ken Crane, Josh Keslar, Leonard Sauers, Tyler Cornett, Nick Meloy, Holden Price, Sean Crocker, Andy Leakey, Mason Sims, Madoka Myers, Joe Clark, Nick Bell, Ben Wilcox, Cody Burgdorff, Andy Koons, Allen Bole, Rich Ferrara, Joe B Todd, Mike Komara, Kalvin Kaloz)  
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