A Fly Fishing Story on Slate Run

A Fly Fishing Story on Slate Run

We’ve heard many stories of anglers fishing Slate Run with mixed results. Some anglers have questioned where the fish are after trying their luck. The combination of the beauty and allure of challenging fish enticed us to try our chances at catching these fish.

John Kolb teams up with brothers Clayton and Cameron for a two day camping and fishing trip to fly fish this tributary on Pine Creek in Lycoming County.

We were impressed with a healthy population of brook and brown trout. We were awestruck by the cascading slate cliffs that run along the stream and the various water falls that held large browns.

We found most fish holding in the shallow tails of long pools. These fish required a stealthy approach and delicate presentations. We had success on this stream but the fish we fooled were far less than the fish we spooked or missed with many last second rejections.

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Panasonic GH5 (Best mirrorless camera on the market for video!)

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  1. Daniel Parks on November 11, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Great stuff! I realized I haven’t seen Cameron since he was a kid. He’s all grown up now. Crazy.

  2. Scott Lowe on November 11, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for sharing. Great video

  3. Dave Rothrock on November 11, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Great vid to watch when the water temps are not conducive to trout fishing on most streams. I’m telling you, John, you’re blessed with a great ability to put together quality stuff! And that one brookie was a real beaut, as well!!

  4. Jerome Dwojak on November 11, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Awesome video, thanks for sharing your experience on the water!

  5. PA WOODS N WATER on November 11, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Hi again John! Putting together some great videos. Great having fun with friends on the stream. You did very well. 👍🏻

  6. Eric Leslie on November 11, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Your right, good stuff fellas. It’s so green out there! Where I’m at in the valley of northern California, it’s still very hot and dry.

  7. Wooly Bugged on November 11, 2020 at 2:32 am

    Great video John, I’ve always been intrigued by Slate Run.

  8. Doug Roberts on November 11, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Absolutely love Slate Run! Such a beautiful stream. Really enjoyed the video!

  9. Brent June on November 11, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Great job once again,you have come along way in a short period of time buddy!!

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