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Tight Line Nymphing with an Indicator — A Mono Rig Variant

By on February 14, 2017

I dislike arbitrary limits. Placing restrictions on tackle and techniques, when they inhibit my ability to adapt to the fishing conditions, makes no sense to me. I’m bound by no set of rules other than my own. And my philosophy is — Do what works.

I guess that’s why I’ve…


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Kinda Slow

By on February 7, 2017

One watery step in front of the other. One cast into the next. Ten and two on the invisible clock. Back and forth, ad infinitum.

I found a good pace for cycling through rigs and flies. I varied my presentation style on the regular, and I found a steady casting…

Troutbitten Hands Boy


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Legendary

By on February 1, 2017

Because I couldn’t fight back the tears, I turned away. Because I’d never had a moment where I felt such immediate loss, I surrendered to the defeat. The emotion was too big for a ten year old boy, and I fell apart.
— — — — — —
Hours earlier ……


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Split Shot vs Weighted Flies

By on January 26, 2017

So you hate split shot. I know. I’ve never had anyone tell me they really like using it. For me, split shot is a convenient and useful tool in my vest. It does things for me that can’t be done any other way, and I like it. Yes, I…


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Streamers as an Easy Meal — The Old School Streamer Thing

By on January 18, 2017

So far this winter my nymphing game has been a little off — the numbers aren’t there. Maybe it’s me and maybe it’s the fish, but either way, my best efforts to recreate what I’ve gotten used to in the winter haven’t produced. Many of my favorite waters are…


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You’re in too Far Now

By on January 10, 2017

That large tail waved goodbye, and a sturdy wild brown trout slid back into the flow. It was a good fish for this river, and I texted a couple pictures to Burke — just to remind him that I was fishing and he wasn’t. This is what we do…


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Resources for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing

By on January 5, 2017

There’s no doubt we are in the golden age of information — for fly fishing too. Never before has it been so easy to open a browser and click a couple links to learn where the trout are and how to catch more of them.

A third of what I…


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We watched daylight race the river downstream …

By on January 3, 2017

My waders are leaking again. I noticed it around noon today, when cold water saturated a leg seam, seeped through the breathable membrane and soaked three layers of polyester fleece (or whatever other synthetic fibers make up my wading pants). I was waist deep in the river when I felt it,…

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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  • "Kinda Slow." Blog post today. This has been the story for me this winter -- kinda slow. Anyone else out there feeling the same? Excerpts. I found a good pace for cycling through rigs and flies. I varied my presentation style on the regular, and I found a good casting rhythm, but not much else. The fish weren’t having any of it. I was either born or raised with an abundance of fishing optimism. No matter the situation, I have an ability to regroup and believe in big possibilities again. Within a few hours of making it home and saying to my sons, “It was kinda slow,” I’m ready for more. Full story on the blog. #troutbitten #winter #fishing #flyfishing #patagonia #flyfishpa #pennsylvania #getoutthere #gofish #fishhard #findyourwater #loveyourlife #catchandrelease #wildtroutstream #wildtrout
  • "Legendary." New blog post up today. I've been meaning to tell this story for a long time. Hope you enjoy it. When I turned back around, Dad stared at the river, and I stared at Dad. I felt like it was only us out there. All other life seemed to pause in deference to our moment, lending us the chance to recover. Full story the blog. #troutbitten #fishing #story #flyfishing #family #history #pennsylvania #boy #flyfishpa #kidsfishing #kidsflyfishing #kidsoutside #loveyourlife #oakiwear #findyourwater #wildplaces
  • Blog post: Weighted Flies vs Split Shot. Weighted flies are better for strike detection, but unweighted flies with split shot dance more in the current. Maybe the answer is to use both. Check the Troutbitten blog for an article about euro nymphing and split shot, mixing and matching tactics, a theory on why tight line nymphing never truly delivers a dead drift, and what fly patterns work better with split shot instead of built-in weight.
  • Streamer tactics blog post today. The modern streamer approach asks trout to get up and chase something down, to kill it and eat it. The old school streamer game presents an easily available chunk of protein to the trout. It doesn’t ask the fish to chase very much. In essence, old school streamers come to the trout, and modern streamers flee from the trout. Full article on the blog.