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    A Decent Day's Float?

    Hi,

    I'm taking a day float down the Main Stem on 9/14/02.

    We're thinking of putting in @ boat ramp just above Junction Pool (River Essentials - Starlight, PA?) and floating down to Buckingham.

    Is this a decent day's float (appx 8:00am - evening hatch)? Is it too long, too short, just right to hit / fish the major runs. Would we be better off exiting @ Stockport, or going on down to Lordville?

    I've fished / hiked into most major access points from Junction on down to Long Eddy so am familiar with the river.

    Advice greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!


    Shawn

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      Since I love Stockport, I'd float past that! You float should be great, look for me in Stockport on the 14th.

      A day of floating the river from 8:00am - evening... That's not too long for me! If you don't get worn out fishing, I'd float from 8:am - midnight!!!! The only thing is that during the day it may get a little slow but who cares...

      Bring with you plenty of Ants (Mahoggany colored in a size 20 - 22), Olives (size 22 - 28), isonychias size 12 for after 7pm, or use mahoggany spinners size 18 - 22.

      Pray for some clouds.

      The CFS on Saturday was around 950 which was perfect for wading.

      Enjoy you're trip.


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      Thanks for the info!

      All stocked up on same flies you've listed. I also never leave home without requisite caddis patterns - henrysville special is a personal favorite as it seems to generate some explosive strikes ;-)

      I'll keep my eyes open around Stockport, it is a great location.

      Another great spot is Beauxville (sp?) below Lordville. I've read on another board that the owner of the access trail has posted it. Has anyone else heard this / can verify. That point gives foot access to some of the nicest water on the upper D, IMHO.

      Thanks again!


      Shawn


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      When you fish those caddis patterns, try skimming them across the water a bit. Trout will usually chase them as emergers. Trout don't tend to feed on adult caddis as much because they are too fast and they prefer to save the energy.

      Talking about Caddis a little bit, flatten the wing a bit, kinda like a pancake. This will make it look more like a spent wing (cut the hackle on your henryville's) and float them dead drift (spent wing caddis). Then when your drift is over, give a little tug and sink the fly. Once the fly sinks, let it swing and hold your steady during the swing. Leave the fly sit for a few seconds, then take 2" strokes as fast as you can. This will make your caddis look like an emerger. Trout Love'm.

      Good Luck!

      Dennis


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      You know....funny you should mention spent caddis.

      I fished the Tulpehocken in Reading PA last Friday and got into a bunch of nice fish that were slurping spent caddis. I was actually using some CDC patterns that were fluffy enough to give the flat wing effect.

      "Skittering" henrysvilles is also favorite techinque as well. My only problem is that trout hit these patterns hard and fast. I tend to miss more fish as a result.

      If you've not fished the Tulpehocken, it's a nice spot that holds up pretty well. There are nice runs / pools / lots o' fish that holdover. A ton of large carp, suckers, and small rock bass (that take flies).


      Shawn


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      One more pattern for you to try is the extended body caddis. Check it out. If you're unsure how to make them or would like me to mail you a couple, let me know.

      This pattern is terrific and works like a charm.


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      Thanks...I'm not exactly one that ties flies. Maybe someday when kids grow up and / or there's more than 24 hours in a day ;-)

      I will certainly pick up some extended body varieties this weekend and give 'em a try.

      Cheers,


      Shawn


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