Chasing steelhead in Pennsylvania is a yearly tradition for many anglers. Steelhead fishing in the fall is about timing the run. In Pennsylvania, steelheads are moving up from Lake Erie into its tributaries at various times from now until early spring. Fishing success varies based on how good the run is. Weather and water levels have a big impact on how good a particular run is going to fish. The general principle is steelheads come into the tributaries when there are high flow rates. Thus, steelhead fishing in Pennsylvania is at its best as the creeks rise then go back down. Here are three fall steelhead fishing tips to think about as you plan your Erie trip this year.
Most good steelhead fishing in Pennsylvania happens long after the cool fall weather is gone. Many anglers are heading to Lake Erie tributaries as the chill of winter has already set in. Those not well versed in winter fly fishing tactics for steelheads struggle trying to fish for these huge trout. They are unprepared and ill-versed in the tactics that are successful this time of year on the Erie Tributaries.