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Utah Killer Bug

How to Tie the Killer Bug

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How to Hold and Photograph a Trout: Tips for Catch and Release While Still Getting Great Photos to Share

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Natural feathers and fur for fly tying

How to Clean and Preserve Natural Feathers and Furs for Fly Tying

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Rod and reel combos, such as the Redington Crosswater, are a great option for people just getting started in fly fishing

How to Get Started Fly Fishing…On A Budget!

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Stretching fly line

How to Remove Memory from Your Fly Line and Leader

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When Should Fly Line be Changed?

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When should you change flies

When Should You Change Flies?

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Strategies for Fishing Dry-Dropper and Tandem Fly Rigs

Strategies for Fishing Dry-Dropper and Tandem Fly Rigs

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Ed Shenk fishes Letort Spring Run in the 1950s. (Photo by Lefty Kreh, used with permission.)

Ed Shenk: Professor of the Letort

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Fly Tying: Which Head Cement Should I Use?

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Classic Dry Flies: The Royal Coachman

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The Blood Dot Egg…Unscrambled

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Watch: Slate Drakes on a Mountain Stream

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My Top 3 Flies for Steelhead

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Studded or Felt-Lined Wading Boots: Which is Better?

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Tippet ring

Tippet Rings: How and When to Use Them

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Check Out the Dark Skies Fly Fishing Channel on YouTube!

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Tough Days are Inevitable: Adjustments to Make When Fish Aren’t Cooperating

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Ralph holding a freshly caught steelhead

Nymphing Techniques for Great Lakes Steelhead

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Art Weiler Bamboo Rod Reproductions

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George Harvey: The Dean of Fly Fishing

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The Lehigh Fishing Company: Custom Rods, Pennsylvania Made

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Dog Days Brook Trout on a Cameron County Class A Stream

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Watch: How to Tie the Sexy Walt, Rainbow Dubbed Walt, and CDC Walt

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Lackawanna River Brown Trout

Exploring New Waters: How to Find New Places to Fish and Have A Successful First Trip

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Watch: Reading the Water, Color Changes and Seams

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Is it a Riffle or Run…and Does it Even Matter? Nymphing Approaches for a Specific Water Type

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Fly Fishing Bald Eagle Creek in Centre County

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Watch: Massive Wild Brown Trout Caught and Released!

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Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Small Streams

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fisherman euronymphing

A Good Day on Yellow Creek’s Fly Fishing Only Section

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Freshly caught bass

Dave Wolf: Smallmouth Bass on the Fly are the Way to Go

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Favorite Panfish Flies Top to Bottom

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Review: Ross Reels Animas

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Review: Jennings Net Co’s Hand-Crafted Fishing Nets

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Stimulators and Hoppers: The Art of Fishing Big Dry Flies

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Finicky Trout and BWOs: Matching the Evening Hatch on Pine Creek

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Meadow Run: Beauty and Fly Fishing in the Laurel Highlands

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6 Tips for Fishing Low, Clear Water

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Journey Through the Endless Mountains: Fishing Towanda Creek

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The Other Pine Creek: Fly Fishing West Branch Pine Creek

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5 Lessons Learned from Watching Others Fish

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Cleaning Up (Literally) Along Little Kettle Creek

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Fishing and Life: An Afternoon on Kettle Creek

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Fishing First Fork Before, During, and After a Blue Quill Hatch

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The Broken Fly Rod Blues…and How to Fix Them

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Dark Skies Fly Fishing Stream Guides In Print

Two Stream Guides Now in Print!

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How to Tie and Fish the Mop Fly

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What is a Flybrary?

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Fly Fishing the PA Grand Canyon: The Pine Creek DHALO

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Morning on Pequea Creek

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5 Tips for Buying Your First Fly Rod

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Do UV Flies Catch More Trout?

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Keystone Select Trout Waters, Seven Years Later

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Top 10 Flies for Winter Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania

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PFBC Announces Significant Addition of Public Fishing Access on Twenty Mile Creek in Erie County

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Fishing and Tying Squirmy Wormy Flies

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Fly Fishing on Kinzua Creek

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Fish this Spot #2: How to Approach Junction Pools

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How to Choose a Fly Reel

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PA’s Forgotten Limestoner: Yellow Creek, Bedford County

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Streamers for Fall Trout

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Back to Basics: Indicator Nymphing

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Fish this Spot #1: How to Approach Small Stream Pools

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24 Hours on the “Real” Spruce Creek

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Bluegills on the Fly

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Getting Skunked with Dignity: Early Summer Midges

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A Tale of Two Streams: Chasing Drakes

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The Cross Fork Experience

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April Showers Bring…Blue Quills on First Fork!

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Steel City Trout: 3 Pittsburgh Area Streams Worth a Visit

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George B. Stevenson Dam: Fishing, Family, and Fun

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Choosing and Using the Right Fly

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Killer Egg Patterns

Tips for Tying Killer Egg Patterns

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Favorite Steelhead Flies

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Exploring the Hickory Creek Wilderness

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Hoppers and Droppers, Oh My!

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Bass on the Fly: A Popper Primer

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Is there Really “One Dry Fly Floatant to Rule Them All”?

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Sulphurs in the Rain

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A 3-Stream Tour of the Allegheny National Forest

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In the Fly Box: Walt’s Worm and the Sexy Walt

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Perfect Conditions for Big Trout on Buffalo Creek

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How to Fish Emergers and Cripple Flies

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The Mayfly Project

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Mayfly Life Cycle: From Nymph to Dun to Spinner

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Wild Brown or Stocked? Know the Difference

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Wire to Wire on Spruce Creek

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Home Waters: First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

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3 Considerations for Drag-Free Drifts

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The April Caddis: Fishing and Tying Grannoms

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Small but Mighty: Fishing the Zebra Midge

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In the Fly Box: Hot Head Woolly Buggers

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Low Water Tactics: Fishing the Buffalo Creek DHALO

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Piney Creek DHALO

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Chillin’ on the Cool Spring Creek DHALO

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Fly Fishing the Oil Creek Region

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Deer Creek DHALO

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Masking Hatches and Selective Trout

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First Casts of A New Season

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Laurel Highlands Trout Trail

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4 Tips for Fishing with “No See Ums”

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What Does Fly Line Weight Mean?

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Make Mine A Frenchie

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Tying Better Flies with Dark Skies Fly Fishing

6 Tips for Tying Better Flies

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Fly Tying: Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Started

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5 Tips for New Fly Fishers

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Caddisflies Top to Bottom

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Neshannock Creek Revisited

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Hellgrammite Wiggle Nymph

Dobsonflies and the Fly Fisher

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Gettin’ Stoned: An Introduction to Stoneflies

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Old Vise, New Vise: Upgrading to the Renzetti Presentation 2000 Series

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Ye Olde Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

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Upper West Branch Susquehanna River

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Ghost Town Trail

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Blue-Lining Fall Trout

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Meet the Zug Bug

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Clarion River and its Tributaries

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Joe Humphreys: A Fly Fishing Legend

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Trickle Trout: Tiny Streams Offer Big Surprises

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First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

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The Fly Formerly Known As Prince

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White Flies on Yellow Breeches

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Mole Fly Saves the Day: Fisherman Pleased

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Parker Dam State Park

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Tying Fwy Fwies

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One is Good, Two is Better: Using Tandem Rigs

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Slippery Rock Creek

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Exploring New Waters: Spring Creek, PA

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Mop Fly, I Hate You

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East Branch Tunungwant Creek

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Fishing Neshannock Creek

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Fly Fishing in Elk Country

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Swinging Streamers and Wet Flies

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Raccoon Lake, Beaver County PA

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Yellow Creek Lake

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Little Sandy Creek, Venango County PA

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East Hickory Creek

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Early Season on Buffalo Creek

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Winter Trout

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Mopping Up November Rain(bows)

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Hooking and Landing Big Fish

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J:Son Flies – Imitations Come to Life

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Fall Brown Fever

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The Amazing Woolly Bugger

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Stream Surveys Shed Light on Coldwater Resources

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Fishing the Upper (Upper) Allegheny River

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The Bugs We Love

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Gettysburg Battlefield Trout Fishing

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The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies

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Three Flies to Use When Nobody’s Watching

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Kinzua Creek Delayed Harvest

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Beadhead Nymphs and Streamers

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Discovering the White Fly

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Hallowed Waters – Letort Spring Run

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Maps and Apps for Trout Fishing

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An Evening on the Water

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Two Books that Belong on Every Fly Fisher’s Shelf

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A foggy morning on the Youghiogheny River

Fishing the Yough

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Welcome to Dark Skies Fly Fishing

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Fly Fishing Bald Eagle Creek in Centre County

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fisherman euronymphing

A Good Day on Yellow Creek’s Fly Fishing Only Section

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Meadow Run: Beauty and Fly Fishing in the Laurel Highlands

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Journey Through the Endless Mountains: Fishing Towanda Creek

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The Other Pine Creek: Fly Fishing West Branch Pine Creek

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Fishing and Life: An Afternoon on Kettle Creek

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Fly Fishing the PA Grand Canyon: The Pine Creek DHALO

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Morning on Pequea Creek

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Keystone Select Trout Waters, Seven Years Later

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Fly Fishing on Kinzua Creek

Read More

PA’s Forgotten Limestoner: Yellow Creek, Bedford County

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24 Hours on the “Real” Spruce Creek

Read More

The Cross Fork Experience

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Steel City Trout: 3 Pittsburgh Area Streams Worth a Visit

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George B. Stevenson Dam: Fishing, Family, and Fun

Read More

Exploring the Hickory Creek Wilderness

Read More

A 3-Stream Tour of the Allegheny National Forest

Read More

Wire to Wire on Spruce Creek

Read More

Home Waters: First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

Read More

Piney Creek DHALO

Read More

Chillin’ on the Cool Spring Creek DHALO

Read More

Deer Creek DHALO

Read More

Laurel Highlands Trout Trail

Read More

Neshannock Creek Revisited

Read More

Upper West Branch Susquehanna River

Read More

Ghost Town Trail

Read More

Clarion River and its Tributaries

Read More

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

Read More

Parker Dam State Park

Read More

Slippery Rock Creek

Read More

Exploring New Waters: Spring Creek, PA

Read More

East Branch Tunungwant Creek

Read More

Fishing Neshannock Creek

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Fly Fishing in Elk Country

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Raccoon Lake, Beaver County PA

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Yellow Creek Lake

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Little Sandy Creek, Venango County PA

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East Hickory Creek

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Early Season on Buffalo Creek

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Fishing the Upper (Upper) Allegheny River

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Gettysburg Battlefield Trout Fishing

Read More

Kinzua Creek Delayed Harvest

Read More

Hallowed Waters – Letort Spring Run

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A foggy morning on the Youghiogheny River

Fishing the Yough

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When should you change flies

When Should You Change Flies?

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Strategies for Fishing Dry-Dropper and Tandem Fly Rigs

Strategies for Fishing Dry-Dropper and Tandem Fly Rigs

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Tippet ring

Tippet Rings: How and When to Use Them

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Ralph holding a freshly caught steelhead

Nymphing Techniques for Great Lakes Steelhead

Read More

Watch: Reading the Water, Color Changes and Seams

Read More

Is it a Riffle or Run…and Does it Even Matter? Nymphing Approaches for a Specific Water Type

Read More

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in Small Streams

Read More
Freshly caught bass

Dave Wolf: Smallmouth Bass on the Fly are the Way to Go

Read More

Stimulators and Hoppers: The Art of Fishing Big Dry Flies

Read More

Finicky Trout and BWOs: Matching the Evening Hatch on Pine Creek

Read More

6 Tips for Fishing Low, Clear Water

Read More

5 Lessons Learned from Watching Others Fish

Read More

Do UV Flies Catch More Trout?

Read More

Fish this Spot #2: How to Approach Junction Pools

Read More

Streamers for Fall Trout

Read More

Back to Basics: Indicator Nymphing

Read More

Fish this Spot #1: How to Approach Small Stream Pools

Read More

Bluegills on the Fly

Read More

Choosing and Using the Right Fly

Read More

Hoppers and Droppers, Oh My!

Read More

Bass on the Fly: A Popper Primer

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Is there Really “One Dry Fly Floatant to Rule Them All”?

Read More

Perfect Conditions for Big Trout on Buffalo Creek

Read More

How to Fish Emergers and Cripple Flies

Read More

3 Considerations for Drag-Free Drifts

Read More

Low Water Tactics: Fishing the Buffalo Creek DHALO

Read More

4 Tips for Fishing with “No See Ums”

Read More

Blue-Lining Fall Trout

Read More

Trickle Trout: Tiny Streams Offer Big Surprises

Read More

One is Good, Two is Better: Using Tandem Rigs

Read More

Swinging Streamers and Wet Flies

Read More

Winter Trout

Read More

Hooking and Landing Big Fish

Read More

Fall Brown Fever

Read More

Classic Dry Flies: The Royal Coachman

Read More

Watch: Slate Drakes on a Mountain Stream

Read More

My Top 3 Flies for Steelhead

Read More

Favorite Panfish Flies Top to Bottom

Read More

Fishing First Fork Before, During, and After a Blue Quill Hatch

Read More

Top 10 Flies for Winter Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania

Read More

Getting Skunked with Dignity: Early Summer Midges

Read More

A Tale of Two Streams: Chasing Drakes

Read More

April Showers Bring…Blue Quills on First Fork!

Read More

Favorite Steelhead Flies

Read More

Sulphurs in the Rain

Read More

Mayfly Life Cycle: From Nymph to Dun to Spinner

Read More

The April Caddis: Fishing and Tying Grannoms

Read More

Small but Mighty: Fishing the Zebra Midge

Read More

Masking Hatches and Selective Trout

Read More

Make Mine A Frenchie

Read More

Caddisflies Top to Bottom

Read More
Hellgrammite Wiggle Nymph

Dobsonflies and the Fly Fisher

Read More

Gettin’ Stoned: An Introduction to Stoneflies

Read More

Meet the Zug Bug

Read More

The Fly Formerly Known As Prince

Read More

White Flies on Yellow Breeches

Read More

Mole Fly Saves the Day: Fisherman Pleased

Read More

Mop Fly, I Hate You

Read More

Mopping Up November Rain(bows)

Read More

The Amazing Woolly Bugger

Read More

The Bugs We Love

Read More

Three Flies to Use When Nobody’s Watching

Read More

Beadhead Nymphs and Streamers

Read More

Discovering the White Fly

Read More

How to Hold and Photograph a Trout: Tips for Catch and Release While Still Getting Great Photos to Share

Read More
Rod and reel combos, such as the Redington Crosswater, are a great option for people just getting started in fly fishing

How to Get Started Fly Fishing…On A Budget!

Read More
Stretching fly line

How to Remove Memory from Your Fly Line and Leader

Read More

When Should Fly Line be Changed?

Read More
When should you change flies

When Should You Change Flies?

Read More
Ed Shenk fishes Letort Spring Run in the 1950s. (Photo by Lefty Kreh, used with permission.)

Ed Shenk: Professor of the Letort

Read More

Studded or Felt-Lined Wading Boots: Which is Better?

Read More

Check Out the Dark Skies Fly Fishing Channel on YouTube!

Read More

Tough Days are Inevitable: Adjustments to Make When Fish Aren’t Cooperating

Read More

George Harvey: The Dean of Fly Fishing

Read More

Dog Days Brook Trout on a Cameron County Class A Stream

Read More
Lackawanna River Brown Trout

Exploring New Waters: How to Find New Places to Fish and Have A Successful First Trip

Read More

Watch: Massive Wild Brown Trout Caught and Released!

Read More

Cleaning Up (Literally) Along Little Kettle Creek

Read More

What is a Flybrary?

Read More

5 Tips for Buying Your First Fly Rod

Read More

PFBC Announces Significant Addition of Public Fishing Access on Twenty Mile Creek in Erie County

Read More

How to Choose a Fly Reel

Read More

The Mayfly Project

Read More

Wild Brown or Stocked? Know the Difference

Read More

First Casts of A New Season

Read More

What Does Fly Line Weight Mean?

Read More

5 Tips for New Fly Fishers

Read More

Joe Humphreys: A Fly Fishing Legend

Read More

Tying Fwy Fwies

Read More

Stream Surveys Shed Light on Coldwater Resources

Read More

An Evening on the Water

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Welcome to Dark Skies Fly Fishing

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