I am a novice as well, I know next to nothing however I am going to begin learning this season. I was out there today, in the rain, just scouting around randomly, near Gallagher Road I think. I didn't have any gear with me, I've haven't fished since I was probably 12 years old and I don't remember much about that. I'm 46 now and I'm looking forward to learning the sport. Good luck.I’m new to fly fishing, any tips for the paint creek? I fished it today near tienken, no luck. Any advice would be appreciated. I’m using a 8’6” rod with 5 weight floating line.
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Well.......I'm in the same "boat". How are you planning to begin learning fly fishing?I am a novice as well, I know next to nothing however I am going to begin learning this season. I was out there today, in the rain, just scouting around randomly, near Gallagher Road I think. I didn't have any gear with me, I've haven't fished since I was probably 12 years old and I don't remember much about that. I'm 46 now and I'm looking forward to learning the sport. Good luck.
I went to bass pro to get some flies, the worker recommended some and gave some advice. Other than that just gonna keep trying haha. I went yesterday and was seeing fish, just not catching.Well.......I'm in the same "boat". How are you planning to begin learning fly fishing?
That old saying - You can’t catch fish w a dry hook. Put in the time!
Tienken is a fine start... upstream from where the Trail crosses the creek there offers some obvious holes. I like to fish dry flies on the Creek, mostly because you don’t hang ‘em up as often as the streamers and nymphs. Look for the wood structures they’ve installed to reinforce the creek, and bang your flies against them. Four inches off is too far for the bigger fish.
Two years ago I took my 11 yr old hiking Paint Creek Trail. We’d hike a couple miles out, then return to our car. I think it took us five Saturdays to do the whole Trail... and we basically hiked it twice (out and back). I watched for fishing opps the entire time. Last year, we did the longer Clinton River Trail.
For fly fishing beginners, I highly recommend Municipal Park in Rochester. Casting from lawns makes it so much easier to learn. And, there are plenty of fish there. I caught a half dozen last week on the really hot night including two 12”ers, which is a fine fish for the Creek.
Also, someone mentioned going in the morning last week? Especially w dry flies, you want a warmer time of day... Afternoon for sure, this time of year.
Good luck, and say Hi, if you see me out there. I’m always wearing that Tilley hat!
what type of indicator do they use?I know some guys who fish flies like centerpinning - stripping line to let the fly drift with the current naturally. They do real well much of the time. They often use nymphs under an indicator. It's a great way to fish flies, when there isn't room for backcasts.
I’ve fished like this using a small yarn indicator. Works okay unless the currents are vastly different between the top and bottom. Going to try a quasi-Euro method with the colored leader this year and pick up a longer rod.what type of indicator do they use?
Fur Sure!I realize the thread is about Paint Creek, but see a couple guys who are just getting started with a fly rod. I always take new guys out for bluegill this time of year. You'll get a lot more practice and real time feedback on how you're doing. May is a great month in the shallows. Use some smaller poppers, a couple size 10 wooly buggers and nymphs. Have Fun.
I'll second this. I bought my fly rod a few years ago and tried first on the Paint Creek and ended up not touching it the rest of the summer because of how frustrated I got with it there.Fur Sure!
Learning to fly fish a brushy creek is not the place to start. It will be so frustrating that the rod will end up in the corner of your basement