Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for Seneca Creek
Seneca Creek and its tributaries have excellent water quality mainly because of the
lack of disturbance within the watershed. The lower section of the stream has several
small water falls and deep pools with riffles. The upper portion is much flatter with
riffles and shallow pools. It is strictly small stream fishing where ever you choose to
fish. The headwaters are fed by numerous small tributary streams and springs. The
water quality is excellent.
Like most other trout streams, Seneca Creek is fished much more where it is easy to
access the stream than it is in the remote areas. The problem is in this case there is
only a small amount of water that can be fished without taking at least a short hike.
The limited amount of water that is closest to the roads is fished very heavily. Even if
you will hike upstream a mile you will find the fishing much better than it is in the
easiest to access parts. Those willing to walk two or three miles will usually find
plenty of water that no one else has fished.
The lower sections of the creek consist mostly of small water falls and deep pools.
The upper section contains more shallow riffles and shallow pools. You want to
always fish the creek in an upstream direction. That keeps the trout looking the
opposite way you are coming and helps you get a lot closer to the fish. Short,
upstream cast that are accurate are much more productive than long cast that will
allow much of your fly line to get caught in currents of different velocities and
directions. Concentrate on the ends of the runs and edges of any current seams. A
good tip is to place your dry fly where you see the bubbles. They are usually drifting
in the same area the food is drifting coming downstream.
The brook trout tend to stay in the moderately flowing currents rather than the fast
water. The rainbow most often prefer the fast water. When you approach the tail end
of a pool, make sure you fish the tailout where the water runs out of the pool into a
run or riffles. Then proceed up the edges of the pool. If it is relatively shallow, you
may want to fish the entire pool. Most of the time this is where you will pick up the
brook trout. They will also take your fly at the tail end of the runs or riffles draining
into the pools, so be sure to fish that also.
The rainbows are usually found in the faster water of the riffles and runs. Make sure
you fish all the likely holds along the seams and edges of the runs and riffles. Often
the rainbows will lie just on the outside of the fast current. They will also lie behind
larger rocks on the bottom so don't ignore the inside areas of the runs or riffles.
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