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Latest Fishing Report

Stream: Valley Creek

Date of Update: 11/2/2017

Author: TCO Bryn Mawr Staff

Highlight: Valley has dropped back to a decent flow after the recent rains. Fishing should remain pretty consistent over the next few days with the push of water we received. As the water continues to drop, focus on small midge and BWO patterns throughout the fall. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR REDDS!

Stream Level: 19

Clarity: Clear

Fishing Overview: The typical dry dropper setup is a great way to catch fish in most of these clear water situations on Valley. Ants and beetles are the current go-to dry flies until the first major cold snap comes through. While there is not much in the way of hatching going on right now, look out for BWO activity on the cloudier days. Midges randomly almost every day through both the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter. With more people out fishing this time of year, approach and presentation become more important than ever on Valley. Stay low and out of the fish's line of sight whenever possible to give yourself the best chance of fooling these selective trout.

Specifics and Tips: Zebra midges, small pheasant tails, and baetis nymphs/emergers are the name of the game. Terrestrials or caddis dries are an effective Dry-Dropper choice this time of year. 5X or 6X fluorocarbon for sub-surface fishing is always a plus. Longer casts with long leaders can make a big difference with spooky fish in clear water.

Hatches: Blue Wing Olives (18-24)
Midges (18-24)
Caddis (16-20)
Terrestrials (ants and beetles) (12-18)

Hot Patterns: Zebra Midges 18-22
Pheasant Tails 16-22
Caddis larva 16-20
BWO Comparaduns 18-22
Scuds 16-20
CDC Pop Emerger 16-20
Parachute Adams 16-20
Elk Hair Caddis 16-20

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