Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for Letort Spring Run, Pennsylvania
The Letort's brown trout have most likely seen about every fly and every angler
that comes near its waters. They are not easy to catch. It is a very small stream
with bushes and trees surrounding most areas. It is tough to cast in its tight
conditions. The stream has large beds of cress that in some cases almost cover
the width of the stream. The fish hold in very difficult places for you to get your fly
to, much less get a good drift. The cress swirls the currents in a manner that
creates conflicting currents just about everywhere.
When you wade you have to be extra careful because the water is clear, basically
shallow and the trout are difficult to approach. When you do get into the right
position, you must make a very accurate presentation. You only have an area of
a few inches to land you fly in at times in order to get the drift you need to get.
You have to be very good at fishing very small flies. When something is hatching
and the fish are rising to it, you must capitalize on it. You want to take advantage
of the hatch because it is probably the easiest time you are going to have to
catch trout. You can catch them in deeper water on nymph, cress bug and scud
imitations but it is usually more difficult than it is fishing a hatch.
Cloudy days are always the best days to fish the Letort. Bright, clear days add
another problem to the already tough fishing situation. The trout will hide in heavy
cover out of the sun and that makes it just that much more difficult to catch them.
You are far better off fishing low light conditions. Early morning, late evenings and
cloudy, rainy days are best.
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