Last Night’s Fishing

Last evening my neighbor Jim and I went over the hill again to fish Lycoming Creek. It’s nice because it is only a four minute ride from where we live. He picked me up at 7:00 PM. I had developed an extended body floating inchworm pattern about a month ago, and had not had a chance to fish with it until last night. In fact until yesterday, only the prototype fly was in existence. In a word, success! My Floating Inchworm pattern will eventually be listed for sale on Some tying information and photos will be placed here on my blog after that time, but until I get the pattern officially on the site these images of the pattern in the jaws of a trout will have to do. The same goes for these pictures of my Extended Body Slate Drake Thorax Dun. A five-pattern Slate Drake series will also be placed on, featuring a Thorax Dun, Parachute, Comparadun, Hackled Comparadun, and Spinner. Take your pick, they all catch trout. Er, I mean fish, as noted by the accompanying photo of a smallmouth bass that inhaled one during last night’s fishing.

A Lycoming Creek brown trout that ate my new Extended-Body Floating Inchworm pattern last night. The fly is tied, or finished, rather, on a Tiemco size #16 – 2488 short shank, wide gape hook. Overall length is 3/4″ so officially the pattern in not quite an inchworm.

Jim and I arrived at the water’s edge to find a spin angler in “our spot,” but there’s plenty of good water here so we just moved up a little. I had tied the inchworm on at the car and was soon in position, making short casts into the current. We were there barely a minute when I spotted a rise. I worked this spot to no avail, but downstream a few feet from that section there was a good-looking lie beside an exposed rock. I made three drifts, just inches away, right past that rock when on the fourth cast I saw a trout turn to follow the fly downstream, actually chasing it, and take it without hesitation. I set the hook. Jim was still tying on a fly when I hollered, “Fish on!” There would have been a photo of that rainbow but he threw the hook close in before I could bring it to hand. No matter. I landed three of several more that I rose on the inchworm, and Jim also took at least one trout on it too. In fact his first trout on it was about a 15″ brown, but it was rather uncooperative for a photos so rather than stress the fish, we released it. At about 8 o’clock I decided to tie on the Slate Drake. Thinking the highly visible chartreuse inchworm would act as a “sighter” as darkness set in, I tied an Extended-Body Slate Drake Thorax Dun onto the bend of the inchworm hook with about 18″ of 5x tippet, fishing a tandem dry fly rig. That worked well. It really helped me see the drake, but after tying on the Slate Drake the trout selectively homed in on that fly exclusively for the remainder of the evening.

A nice Lycoming Creek brown taken on my Extended Body Slate-Drake pattern. The hackle is clipped on the bottom. Brown closed-cell foam abdomen. Wing post of dun E. P. Fibers. Moose body hair tail. Rusty dun dubbed thorax. That’s about it. It lands right side up every time. No exceptions.

A seven inch smallmouth bass also took the Slate Drake.

Another brown on my Slate Drake Extended-body Thorax Dun pattern.

It was a lovely evening. We were again serenaded by the veery. There was no wind. It was cooling off very nicely. Several different mayflies, caddis, and stone flies were about. There was no abundance of flies but starting around 8:30 the trout began rising fairly well. I landed about a dozen trout in the evening. Jim also did well. But not until after I gave him a couple of my Slate Drake patterns. What are friends for?

Right before we finished for the evening, I took one last photo, a downstream view toward the west.

Dusk on Lycoming Creek. The Powy’s Curve on Rt. 15 is straight down the stream corridor, over a half-mile distant. A serene view to close the day.

4 comments on “Last Night’s Fishing

  1. Bill says:

    … and the hits just keep coming!

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Bill;
      Glad you liked this post! After Heritage Day yesterday, talkin’ fishin’ and tyin’ all day, I had to have a fishing fix when I got home. Went over the hill to Lycoming Creek again, got there about 7:45 PM. Less than two hours fishing, I brought 10 trout to hand, the last two close together at 9:30 PM. My extended Body Slate Drake Thorax Dun and Spinner strike again! Thanks for your comment!

  2. MIKE says:

    Nice to hear the fishing is still good up there Don. I”m gonna take my slate drakes and head over to Penn’s this weekend. Supposedly some good BWO hatches there also. I am anxiously waiting to see all your slate drake patterns plus your new inchworm. Have fun at the Breeches!!

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Mike;
      Thanks for your comment here. I hope you found good fishing on Penn’s Creek. A friend / customer of mine got not one, but two 20″ trout there the other night this week. And both trout were taken on my patterns. :mrgreen: Makes me feel great! One on my Floating Caddis Emerger that I recently submitted to Orvis, and the other fish took a Cornuta Para-Emerger, just like the Sulphur Para-Emerger I posted here in May, though altered with olive dubbing and a dun hackle.
      It was 56 degrees overnight here, that’s why the water is staying cool on these larger streams; Lycoming, Big and Little Pine, Loyalsock, Penn’s…it’s great! But this good fishing is cutting into my work time…making me feel less responsible than I should. What to do about that…hmmm? I got it: FISH! :mrgreen:

      Thanks again for your comment!

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