Video of Michael Evanko fly fishing a wild brook trout stream in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. He includes a few tips for fishing for winter brook trout. The water fished flows through state land and is a tributary of a tributary to the Susquehanna River. During the time of filming the winds were calm, the air temps were close to 40 degrees and the water temperatures were around 42 degrees. This stream did not have direct access trails. State trails were used to get within several hundred yards. The nymph pattern used in this video is called the Pink Ferrari. This video was shot on Sunday, December 29, 2018, and was solo filmed.
Video of Michael Evanko exploring a blue-line (unnamed) wild brook trout stream in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. This stream is approximately two miles in length and winds through the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal region. The water temps at the time of filming were in the low 40s and the air temps were the same. This stream had no access trails and was strewn with fallen trees and branches. This combined with the winter temperatures made it challenging to catch fish. The rod used in this video is a 8′-4wt G-Looms Pro 4-X with a Hatch 3-Plus reel. The Pink Ferrari nymph pattern described by Evanko is based on the Lively Legz Pink Cadillac pattern and incorporates pink Lively Legz rubber nymph legs. This video was shot on Sunday, December 23, 2018 and was solo filmed.
This is an updated version of my X1 Minnow in the Brookie color. I have several other colors for both fresh and saltwater. The hair I use on the fly is called either Widow’s Web (MFC) or Congo Hair (http://www.flytyersdungeon.com/Materials/Chart_Congo_Hair.htm) but there are many products on the market similar. FTD has a nice selection of colors for quite reasonable prices.
X1 Minnow Brookie Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2/0-4
Thread: Olive 6/0
Weight: 0.030 lead
Body: Pearl Flashabou
Belly: Orange Congo Hair
Lateral Line: Light pink Flashabou
Wing: Dark green Congo Hair
Throat: Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Head: Olive dubbing w/ copper flash
Eyes: Gold 3D eyes