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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…



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For Tight Line Nymphing and the Mono Rig, What’s a Good Fly Rod?

By on October 14, 2016

Nymphing is usually the best way to meet trout on their own terms. Throughout the seasons, simple nymph patterns catch the most fish. That’s especially true here in the fertile limestone spring creeks of Central Pennsylvania, but no matter where I’ve fished (whether a tailwater, freestone or limestone river)…

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Two Sides to Every Fisherman

By on October 9, 2016

There are two sides to every fisherman: one that simply enjoys being on the water (hoping to catch a fish), and the other that desperately wants to know how to put more fish in the net.

These two parts find an internal balance inside every angler I know. The casual…



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The Dirty Fisherman

By on September 12, 2016

I saw the truck when I crested the hill, but I couldn’t see Gabe.

Then the lean man sat up. He stretched slowly and slid off the truck bed, onto his feet and into his sandals. The climbing sun made the blue paint…



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Their Heart in Your Hands

By on September 5, 2016

Fish pictures are the grand compromise of catch and release. An Instagram feed with a full gallery of trout is replacing the stringer of dead fish for bragging rights. And that’s a good thing. They look better alive anyway.

Would a trout be better off if we didn’t take its picture? Sure it would….



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Trail This — Don’t Trail That

By on August 31, 2016

Last week, my friend sent the picture of a plump, wild brown trout, including the caption, “He took the Green Weenie off the trailer, just like you said!” And I immediately cringed. I never run the Weenie off a trailer — unless it’s very small, beaded and tied with fine…

Domenick Swentosky

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.

  • There’s a trio of intertwined elements determining where your nymphs are located in the water and when they will get there. New blog post today: Depth, Angle, Drop -- Three Elements of a Nymphing Rig. Link in profile. #troutbitten #fishhard #flyfishing #americannymphing #nymphingainteasy #nymphing #fishingtips #flyfishpa #catchandrelease #thesmallprint #fishingsavesyoursoul
  • Peace In the Valley. New blog post up today. This year, fall camp wasn’t about the space. It was about the time. Link in profile. #troutbitten #boys #camping #flyfishpa #fishing #daytimedad #takethemfishing #findyourwater #generations #gofish
  • Article on the blog today about what makes a good rod for tight line nymphing and the Mono Rig. Because I use the mono rig for almost all subsurface fishing, including suspender rigs and streamers, I like a bit heavier rod than the popular competition rods. This article walks you through the reasons for choosing a rod that works for you. #troutbitten #flyfishing #flyrod #flyfishpa #sage #whatgetsyououtdoors #fishhard #loveyourlife
  • Photo @troutbitten_pat #troutbitten #wild #browntrout #fishhard #flyfishing #catchandrelease #letemgosotheycangrow #naturedoesitbest #fall #notaclubfish #loveyourlife #findyourwater #fishingsavesyoursoul
  • The sunflower is my favorite, by far. #troutbitten #streamside #flower #wildplaces
  • There are two sides to every fisherman: one that simply enjoys being on the water (hoping to catch a fish), and the other that desperately wants to know how to put more fish in the net. New post up on the blog. Link in profile. More excerpts: Trout fishing takes me to places where I would not be otherwise. I know myself well enough to be sure of this. Without a good reason, I wouldn’t end up thirteen miles down a dirt road, another three miles down a dusty footpath, a few hundred yards further through the brush and fallen timber of the alluvial plane, and then finally into the water. Our streams are hiking trails for the wade-fisher, and it’s only the pursuit of trout that takes me into those paths. More: Ironically, the technical side is what brings the mystery into fishing. “Catch more fish” becomes a riddle to solve. Better yet, fishing is something that will never be solved, even though tremendous progress can be made. The results are tangible — you catch more fish. And yet they’re elusive — this worked yesterday and now it won’t work today. Anyone who has thrown more than a few hundred casts with a fishing rod understands, by instinct, that fishing is much more than luck. But after a few-hundred fishing trips, you start realizing that luck seems to be the prevailing factor some days.