PA Early Winter Fly Fishing: A Prolonged Terrestrial Season

PA Early Winter Fly Fishing: A Prolonged Terrestrial Season

PA Early Winter Fly Fishing A Prolonged Terrestrial Season

We all have a confidence fly, a pattern that proves its worth time and again. A hare’s ear, a caddis pupa, wooly bugger, pheasant tail, San Juan worm… ask 100 anglers and receive 100 different answers. When it comes to PA early winter fly fishing, you can safely bet that most anglers select some kind of nymph for their confidence fly.

Hooked on Terrestrials

2019 gave me a completely different perspective on my go-to confidence fly. In July, the beginnings of grasshopper season in Montana started my obsession with a particular terrestrial pattern: the olive Chubby Chernobyl.

PA Early Winter Fly Fishing A Prolonged Terrestrial Season Trout Haven Rio Products Chubby Chernobyl

You can find this pattern on www.rioproducts.com, where they sell it by the dozen.

I can safely say that I caught more fish on this fly, since July, than any other fly in my box. Out west, here in the East, this pattern produces everywhere I go.

So, I left the Chubby Chernobyl on my line (of course I re-tied it between outings). Summer turned into fall, September turned into October, and this fly kept producing fish. And it wasn’t just a few fish, I had the best day I’ve ever had on my local favorite limestone spring creek – in late October! I never bothered to tie on a dropper, it wasn’t needed.

PA Early Winter Fly Fishing A Prolonged Terrestrial Season Trout Haven Chubby Chernobyl

A Prolonged Terrestrial Season

I decided to keep fishing this fly until I didn’t catch anything with it. As October came to an end I thought I would soon be skunked with this amazing fly. You might be thinking, “Well that’s all well and good but now it’s way too cold and late in the season for something like that.” Surely PA early winter fly fishing does not involve large gaudy dry flies. Wrong.

On November 21, 2019, I fooled not one, not two, but three brown trout using this exact fly on my local favorite limestone creek. There are no grasshoppers crawling around this time of year, but the fish remember how tasty they are! Trout are opportunists, and some of them simply cannot pass up a meal like the Chubby Chernobyl.


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22 Comments

  1. […] My favorite aspect of central PA fly fishing October highlights is the fish caught on terrestrials. Every season I like to see how late into the season we can still catch fish on grasshopper patterns. Pick a warm and sunny day, and you’ll likely find willing fish, even in November! You can read more on that subject here: PA Early Winter Fly Fishing: A Prolonged Terrestrial Season. […]



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