Where successful anglers fish and why depend on what presentation they use such as fly or spin, fake or food, all that means something. 


They also understand water flow is a key variable in regard to the presentation they fish.  For instance, Brandy Run gauge is on a tiny feeder stream miles from the mouth of Elk Creek. If it read 30 CFS yesterday and drops to 10 today, upper Elk is fine, but lower Elk may still be tough fishing for some presentations. They formulate a plan to address that key variable.

Just for you know, I believe a good rule is steady reading near 7 for multiple days provide decent fishing for all. 

Finally, a weather check in advance for your trip is less about comfort- that is important – but more about fishing success. Keys to note, cloud cover, wind direction, air temperature, and barometric pressure. The bite is affected by each in some way.

The next 10-days or any future map reveals important information that successful anglers use to out-fish the competition.


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