Baron on Jun 28, 2019June 28th, 2019, 10:58 am EDT
Is there anyone that feels like an authority on summertime Pickerel fishing. While I currently fish the Martins Creek area for Trout I would like to get better at catching 'eating-sized' Pickerel, perch and Sunnies/Gills. I'd like to hear how you approach fishing for these, the type of flies you use and wether or not you use a boat. I'd like to start frequenting the northern Lehigh, Francis Walter res, Promised Land and Shahola.
Adirman on Jun 28, 2019June 28th, 2019, 1:05 pm EDT
I donâ€™t know about Pennsylvania Pickerel but in NY in the summertime, pickerel run deeper so you canâ€™t catch them on top. What I discovered last summer was that if you use a barrel swivel and a slip sinker with a big streamer fly you can catch em and hold your own with the spin fisherman !! Fish deeper in the summer !!
Hmmm. I bet they're the same type of pickerel that we have here,lol. I've always wanted to fish NY for Pickerel and Perch. Then this year I got the bright idea to take up fly fishing. Never thought I would but I love it. Would you be willing to describe how to setup and work the rig you mentioned.
Adirman on Jun 29, 2019June 29th, 2019, 1:57 am EDT
Why sure! I was running about 6â€™ of either 1x or 2x leader up to the swivel and size of slip sinker varied depending upon water depth. Basically , I would cast out using open loops and wait about 15 seconds for the fly to sink and use a steady retrieve ; I also found that trolling with this setup was effective if you have the capability . Hope this helps
The drive, while visiting Agway Stores is what introduced me to the northern Delaware and is partially to blame for making me want to learn fly fishing. I live very close to the Delaware in Easton.
Your Slipsinker Idea may help me with Smallies in large riffles on the Delaware.