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“Get me back to my fly line” — Connecting and disconnecting the Mono Rig

By on March 21, 2017

Change or die. Take what the river gives you and adapt. See the signals, make the changes, and catch fish. That’s the way she goes. That’s trout fishing.

I like winter because it’s simple. In the coldest months I carry a small set of nymphs and streamers that do the…


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Add 146 PA Streams to the Class-A Wild Trout and Wild Trout Streams Lists

By on March 16, 2017

A slate of 146 streams are proposed to be added to the Pennsylvania Class A Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout Streams lists, but they need your help.

Surprisingly, streams that have trout populations meeting the Class A requirement are not automatically designated as such. And on April 24th the PFBC…


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Streamside | Kelly Galloup with Reno Fly Shop Podcast

By on March 14, 2017

Sinking into a podcast while tying flies or traveling to the river is one of my favorite ways to relax and learn something at the same time.

Reno Fly Shop has put out some fantastic podcasts lately, and their latest two part — nearly two hour — chat with Kelly…


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Troutbitten Presentations

By on March 9, 2017

Last month I gave a presentation for my friend’s fly fishing club (Dame Juliana League). I thoroughly enjoyed it, and from the feedback received I gather that those in attendance did as well.

The presentation was about the Mono Rig and covered much of what I’ve written about on Troutbitten…


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Bill Dance and Jimmy Houston go fly fishing | The Mono Rig for streamers … because fly line sucks

By on March 1, 2017

“Whoa! You’re just slingin’ it, aren’t ya?” Toby said. “How far out there can you get it?” He looked befuddled as I took a step downstream and launched another cast with the long leader.

“About fifty feet.”

“How big can the streamer be?” Toby asked.

“Big.”

“Damn!” Toby shook his head and chuckled…


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High Light — Low Light

By on February 22, 2017

My article, “High Light — Low Light,” is over at Hatch Magazine. Here are a few excerpts…..

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… Finding the shady cracks that harbor resting and wary trout is a good challenge on bright days. Offering the flies to them in…


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What Can You Do for TU? How Trout Unlimited Can Save Your Soul

By on February 21, 2017

There’s an army of altruistic do-gooders out there, largely unseen and unnoticed. Engineers, operators, volunteers, planners, clerks and office hats are making the rivers better while you’re not looking. They’re preserving, protecting and enhancing the streams you love.  Maybe that’s something you’ve never thought about. Maybe you’re like me,…

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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…

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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  • "Get me back to my fly line" -- Connecting and disconnecting the Mono Rig. Blog post up. Don't let the leader change hold you back. You can go from tight lining nymphs with a long leader to dry flies on a standard leader in one minute. Nymph fisher, streamer junkie, wet fly swinger, or dry fly guy — you can be anything you want to be in this long life. #troutbitten #flyfishing #americannymphing #nymphingainteasy #fishhard #flyfishpa #getafterit #beversatile #change #dryfly #catchandrelease #pennsylvania #findyourwater #fishingsavesyoursoul
  • Blog post up: Add 146 PA Streams to the Class-A Wild Trout and Wild Trout Streams Lists. Hey Pennsylvania anglers, now's your chance to ask the fish commission to add these streams to the Class A Wild trout list. The online comment form at PFBC makes it super easy, and your support matters. The deadline is in a few days. The Class A Wild Trout designation is a vital stepping stone for protecting our favorite rivers, for keeping clean and cold water flowing, and ultimately improving the quality of fishing. If you doubt the importance of these designations, just ask Bill Anderson of the Little Juniata River Association what they have meant to his work on the Little J. This two-page fact sheet from the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (included in the article) provides an excellent explanation of what is at stake, why it matters and what you can do. If you've ever smiled while releasing a wild trout, please take five minutes to fill out the online form. #troutbitten #conservation #cleanwater #wildtrout #catchandrelease #pennsylvania #flyfishPA #flyfishing
  • Aiden. Snow. Bridge. #troutbitten #snow #getoutside #forgettheforecast #boy #kids
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  • I love podcasts, and the last two from @renoflyshop are one long, entertaining and candid conservation with Kelly Galloup. Great stuff. A few highlights … — Why Galloup agrees that a lot of fly guys are assholes. — Galloup’s take on competition fly fishing. — Galloup says, “Stalk more. Cast less,” and “Hunt it, don’t hope it.” — Question: Do big articulated streamers allow you to catch bigger fish? Galloup: “No.” — Why Galloup says real fish always, always, always eat the head first. The podcasts at Reno Fly Shop’s website.
  • Cleaned my tying desk and became more productive all the sudden. @lanceeganflyfishing Iron Lotus and Rainbow Warrior. Two of my staples for many years.