Bill Anderson

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  • in reply to: Black Stonefly #1218
    Bill Anderson
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    Lastchance, I’ve seen “snow flies” as well. Size 20s. They do not provide surface action of any consequence on the j. The fly that we eagerly await for late winter dry fly action is Taeniopterix, a size 16, with size 14 wings. It is not the emergence that produces action. The trout take them as the females return to lay eggs in the afternoon, usually when it is sunny and in the high 40s to 50’s air temp. My pattern (see fly of the month) is not fished in the film…it floats high and dry and is often taken on a twitch.

    in reply to: Banquet #1208
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Bruce! We had 51 LJRA members and their guests come to celebrate the Little Juniata and its trout ….great food! Wonderful conversation and we’ll do it again next year! Hats off to the Edgewater Inn and it’s staff. They did a great job!

    in reply to: Sulphur chat #1032
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Fished the river at Allisons last night. Had good top action from 5:30 (arrived) until 8 pm then the bugs stopped cold…no spinner fall no nothing…stayed until 8:45pm. Various bugs on water : enough Green Drakes to note, saw 10 or more at a time for a while. Small sulfurs, size 16 and some tiny ones that were no bigger than 18s. Also saw a fair number of size 14 yellow cahills mixed in with gray Fox (size 12s). Fish ate our size 16 CET sulfurs to the exclusion of all the rest. Both Steve lewis and I caught a fair number and each lost a big trout. Caught a GD that was still coming out of its shuck. It completed the “hatching” in the palm of my hand. I;ll place a picture on the LJRA Face Book page (do not know how to do it here) I should learn.
    J Drake

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    in reply to: Sulphur chat #1030
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    I fished the upper river yesterday afternoon from 4 til 7:30 Pm. Very little surface action. Saw a few sulfurs and size 14 yellow cahills. Caught nearly every trout that rose on a size 14 CET Sulfur even though I saw more cahills and more trout working them. Put on a pair of nymphs (BHPT and Caddis larva). Caught a bunch including several over 15 “. I am hearing reports of Green Drakes in the gorge and down stream. Planning to give a look this afternoon with a new CET GD pattern.

    in reply to: Sulphur chat #1029
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Albatross,
    the river is in fine shape. Just under 300 CFS and clear with a slight greenish color (perfect). I will be fishing this afternoon and evening and I will publish a report here this evening

    in reply to: Sulphur chat #1028
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Albatross,
    the river is in fine shape. Just under 300 CFS and clear with a slight greenish color (perfect). I will be fishing this afternoon and evening and I will publish a report here this evening

    in reply to: Sulphur chat #990
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Dave, Beautiful “j” browns! The river will clear fast, in fact the river up stream from Tyrone has already cleared nicely. Although the flow is still healthy, we should have very fishable water by tomorrow afternoon (barring more rain).
    Keep the pictures coming!
    Bill

    in reply to: Sulphur chat #968
    Bill Anderson
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    I was on the lower river late last night. Very few bugs or risers. Maybe the chill today will get them going early.

    in reply to: Grannom update 2016 #943
    Bill Anderson
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    I agree that water quality has improved and the loss of excess nutrient, in this case phosphorous, may have a detrimental impact on algae eating caddis such as grannoms. While at the same time we are seeing more of the pollution intolerant ephemera mayflies such as varia and subvaria. This season we saw the first grannom emergence on April 6th. For the hatch to have run its course ten days later is not surprising by historic records. So gentle fishers, you may see leftover adults flying about, but it is likely over for 2016. However, as Joe says, tans are close behind and then come the sulfurs, probably a little early as well. I look for the first fishable sulfurs by early May. Maybe even May 1st if this heat continues. Bill A.

    in reply to: one reason I buy my supplies at my local shop(s) #919
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    We are seeing many more scuds on the “j” up stream and down. And they are good size 16s and even 14s. The ones I have seen are a greenish tan. Maybe Joe should post his scud pattern here.
    Bill

    in reply to: who needs grannoms #916
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Agreed! Every afternoon since Good Friday (including today 4/10) I have been catching fish on a size 20 dark wing, dark olive/brown bodied CET. This year the “j” browns are bigger and heavier than I have ever seen.

    in reply to: Grannom update 2016 #915
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Yesterday lower river trout were wacking the occasional cold still grannom even though there were dozens of olives going by unmolested. Grannoms are sparse but just wait until the first morning we get water temps over 50 degrees…all hell will break loose.

    in reply to: Redds #564
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Mark,
    Bows spawn in slightly faster water than browns, but we can look for them in about the same places. Of course high or muddy water will be a show stopper. Redds at tailouts in water from 1/2 to 3 feet of moving water with cobble sized between ping pong ball and raquet ball sized cobble is prefered. I’ll let you know the date when we get closer. Possibly the day of the clean-up will work for redd hunting (April 9th).
    Bill

    in reply to: Redds #563
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Mark,
    Bows spawn in slightly faster water than browns, but we can look for them in about the same places. Of course high or muddy water will be a show stopper. Redds at tailouts in water from 1/2 to 3 feet of moving water with cobble sized between ping pong ball and raquet ball sized cobble is prefered. I’ll let you know the date when we get closer. Possibly the day of the clean-up will work for redd hunting (April 9th).
    Bill

    in reply to: Redds #562
    Bill Anderson
    Keymaster

    Mark,
    Bows spawn in slightly faster water than browns, but we can look for them in about the same places. Of course high or muddy water will be a show stopper. Redds at tailouts in water from 1/2 to 3 feet of moving water with cobble sized between ping pong ball and raquet ball sized cobble is prefered. I’ll let you know the date when we get closer. Possibly the day of the clean-up will work for redd hunting (April 9th).
    Bill

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