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What Moves a Trout to the Fly?

By on November 29, 2016

I recently wrote a short piece about what trout eat, where I argued that a handful of flies will get the job done on a daily basis no matter where you fish. In essence, I think how you fish your handful of flies is usually more important than what those flies…

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The Secret

By on November 16, 2016

I poked through the dense brush, shed my pack and dropped it in the clearing. In a yellow patch of sunlight, I knelt to catch my breath and watched the wind detach leaves from their parent branches, pushing them into a wild collage across the morning sky and traveling…

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Pattern vs Presentation | Trout eat anything, but sometimes they eat another thing better

By on November 8, 2016

 

The other day I was listening to a podcast with Charlie Craven; I was dreaming of fishing while raking another giant pile of leaves in the backyard when something Charlie said caught my attention: “Trout are not very smart. They eat everything down there.”

It’s a point I’ve heard repeated…

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I want to, but I don’t want to

By on November 3, 2016

My favorite eight year old looked at me exasperated, with his signature furrowed brow and troubled eyes. He animated the short speech with both hands and turned up the volume on his words. “Well Dad, I want to, but I don’t want to.”  Ahhh yes. That’s my son, because…

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Over or Under? Your best bet on weight

By on November 1, 2016

While nymphing or streamer fishing, I think most of us are trying to use enough weight to get the fly down and keep it there, and yet not so much that the damn thing snags a rock with every cast. You might think there’s a fine line to this, but…

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The I’ll just lay my rod here for a minute mistake

By on October 27, 2016

People do the same things. The instincts of fishermen find identical paths upstream through the river — watery trails lead to the best water with the greatest ease. You can easily see where everybody else fishes. I guess the flies and tippet-tangles in streamside branches signal that we all make…

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Depth, Angle, Drop: Three Elements of a Nymphing Rig

By on October 25, 2016

Legendary saxophone player, Charlie Parker said, “Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.”

I think the same advice extends to fly fishing.

Good nymphing is both an art and a science. When an angler first dives into the nymphing game, the technical challenges…

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Peace In the Valley

By on October 20, 2016

Dad and I didn’t set up camp in our usual spot. For as long as I can remember, we’ve chosen primitive, state forest lands rather than campgrounds. It’s quieter, and there’s more of a sense that you’re truly getting away from everything for a while. But this year the…

Domenick Swentosky
BELLEFONTE, PA

Hi. I'm a father of two young boys, a husband, writer, musician and fisherman. I fly fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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  • Any day spent on the water is a good one, but today just felt relaxing. Started early, stayed late. Covered miles of water. Fished alone. Never spoke a word. Caught a couple nice fish, and fell in once. ☺
  • Pattern vs Presentation | Trout eat anything but sometimes they eat another thing better. Blog post today. Changing the approach instead of changing the pattern usually gets better results, because a trout will eat anything — sometimes. #troutbitten #fishhard #wildtrout #browntrout #notaclubfish #catchandrelease #flyfishpa #flyfishing #findyourwater #publicwater #loveyourlife
  • "I want to, but I don't want to." New blog post today. But life decisions are hard for a boy so full of ideas and new plans for each day. I know it. I feel it. I remember it. In 1983 the summer was longer than you can imagine, and it was wonderful. My days were endless — until the sun went down. Every moment was all there was. Not the next thing — this thing. Time was big, and the days were stuffed with opportunity. But my infinite plans had me stumbling forward sometimes, chasing my adjoining intentions. Full story on the blog. Link in profile. #troutbitten #kidsinwaders #boy #fishingbuddies #flyfishpa #brothers
  • This green is almost gone.
  • Over or Under? Your best bet on weight. New post up on the blog today about why it pays to use more weight than you really need sometimes, while other times it's better to use less. Link in profile. #troutbitten #flyfishingproblems #nymphingainteasy #americannymphing #nymphing #streamers #fishhard #fishing #flyfishpa
  • Motto's Minnow #troutbitten #streamer #flyfishpa