Tess Weigand, Partner at the Feathered Hook fly shop/lodge, is here to break down fly fishing in Central PA.
Tess shares the story of how she got into the Women’s Fly Fishing Team (USA) and what it felt like competing in her first tournament.
She also shares a bunch of tips on euro nymphing, dry and wet fly fishing, and techniques for drifts and drags.
Click below and listen to the Podcast about Fly Fishing Pennsylvania with Tess Weigand:
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Fly Fishing Pennsylvania Show Notes with Tess Weigand
05:40 – Tess had a degree in Agricultural Science but decided to work for a fly shop, The Feathered Hook. She became a guide there and now she’s a partner at the lodge.
09:45 – Springtime is the best time to fish for brown in Central, PA. There are a lot of different insects that hatch during that time.
21:25 – Tip 1: Keep putting consistent drifts over that fish in a way that’s safely not going to spook them. Tip 2: Don’t mend over the fish unless you know you’re not going to move that fly. If you have drag, let it drag through. That’s going to disrupt that fish’s feeding behavior more so than mending over them and moving the fly that looks unnatural.
28:45 – For leader, Tess uses Hends micro leader
42:00 – For rod, she uses the T&T Contact 2 – 11 foot 3 wt when she’s guiding. But her favorite is a Contact 2 – 10 foot 3 wt.
47:00 – Hardy Perfect makes a great cassette reel system
48:40 – Tess tells the story of how she got into the Women’s Team
52:10 – The first World Women’s Fly Fishing Championship was held in Norway – Tess shares what it’s like to join her first tournament.
58:55 – Tess encourages women who fly fish to reach out to her if they want to learn more about joining the Team USA
1:00:40 – Tess talks about what makes their lodge unique at Penn’s Creek
1:12:15 – Mollie Simpkins connected me to Tess – Mollie was on the podcast in episode 355
You can find Tess on Instagram at @tessweigand
Visit their website at TheFeatheredHook.com
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