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    Hi!

    I'm fairly new to this board and was wondering about northern W.Va./Southern Pa. fly fishing. I will be visiting family in northern W.Va. the week of Thanksgiving this year, and, if the weather cooperates just a little, I'd like to get in a day's fishing early in the week (Monday or Tuesday). Are there any accessible Pa. trout streams within a 2-3 hour drive of northern W.Va.? Any fly shops you'd recommend I contact?

    Thanks, in advance, for any info.

    FFP
    "...let me introduce an idea-just something to kick around: Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed, and, of course, without losing the faith that there's a bigger one in there. " -John Gierach, from Fly Fishing Small Streams by Stackpole Books.

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    Hi FFP,

    I have not fished in that area but here is a link to the WV DNR. It seems to have a lot of information. If you look at the stocking schedule they list the creeks by counties. Figure out what counties are near you and then look for a creek.

    Frank

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    I've been out of the area for some time but I used to like to fish some of the Limestone streams in the area . You have the Yellow Breeches & Fallings springs Creek In the Carsile / Mechanicsburg area. along with a bunch of others. If you go Limestone it's long leaders, fine tippets & large fish..

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    Frank/Fishn50;

    Thanks. All good advice!

    FFP
    "...let me introduce an idea-just something to kick around: Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed, and, of course, without losing the faith that there's a bigger one in there. " -John Gierach, from Fly Fishing Small Streams by Stackpole Books.

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    I did my seminary studies in Latrobe, PA. There's some catch and release trout fishing in nearby Ligonier, PA on Loyalhanna Creek. A fairly tight stream, but access/wadeability is easy along a little city park.

    Very picturesque little stream that runs through a beautiful gorge all the way through to Latrobe. Mill Creek joins it at Ligonier and also has trout.

    Ligonier's a neat little town, very historic (complete with an old British fort you can walk through), and has a couple of flyshops, including an orvis dealer. It's worth a trip in itself.

    I never fished it, but the Youghigeny river (sp?) has an excellent reputation, though I'm not sure about access. It would be closer to you.

    Here's a helpful link Fly fishing Pennsylvania Rivers and Streams

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    Flyfisher;

    Thanks for the link - I'll check it out.

    FFP
    "...let me introduce an idea-just something to kick around: Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed, and, of course, without losing the faith that there's a bigger one in there. " -John Gierach, from Fly Fishing Small Streams by Stackpole Books.

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    Hi FFP-

    If you are going to be in Western WV, you might want to consider looking a little closer to your home base rather than heading up to PA (but that is always a fine idea as well). Consider the Savage, North Branch of the Potomac, and the Youghegheny. Here are some links to get you started:

    Fresh Water Fishing Report - Maryland Department of Natural Resources
    Youghiogheny
    Savage River Outfitters
    Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing (Maryland and Virginia Guide Services)
    North Branch Potomac River and Savage River Releases

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    Oogie;

    I'll check 'em out. Thanks!

    FFP
    "...let me introduce an idea-just something to kick around: Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed, and, of course, without losing the faith that there's a bigger one in there. " -John Gierach, from Fly Fishing Small Streams by Stackpole Books.

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    The Yellow Breaches and Letort Spring Run in Carlisle are excellent. I always wanted to try the Youghiogheny because of it's great reputation.

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    Slatedrake;

    Thank you. I hope to do that!

    FFP
    "...let me introduce an idea-just something to kick around: Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed, and, of course, without losing the faith that there's a bigger one in there. " -John Gierach, from Fly Fishing Small Streams by Stackpole Books.

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