I've been fishing the PA steelhead streams for a few years but continue to hear more and more about using minnows, which to this point I've not tried. I do pretty good using egg sacs, jig and maggots, berkley worms, and various steelhead flies but I want to try some minnow fishing. I live in the south central part of PA and do a fair amount of minnow fishing for hatchery stocked trout. I miss a lot of fish if I hook the minnow in the top lip. I kill the minnow quickly if I hook in the back or tail. My best results are threading the minnow with a needle and using a treble hook. This method works best when working the minnow toward you along the bottom. This method does not work with a float. I'm looking for some opinions on the best way to hook a minnow while float fishing for steelhead. Also, do the steel prefer shinners or fatheads? I usually net my own minnows in nearby spring waters. I don't know the name of the minnow but they have a black strip down the lateral line and they stay alive much longer than store bought minnows. Can I use these minnows in Erie tribs?
My second question is about tandem rigging. I see a lot of fly guys using tandem rigs. How are these rigs tied? What are the preferences for top and bottom flies? In general do you put the smaller fly on the bottom? For examle, maybe an egg sucking leech as the top fly and a small glo bug for the bottom fly. Am I on the right track? Until recently, I never considered tandem rigs while float fishing but during my last trip to Elk Creek I saw a guy fishing two eggs sacs on the same line. I never talked with the guy or saw him catch any fish but something about what he was doing made me think twice. For some reason, I got the feeling that he was a local and knew what he was doing. I have tried pegging a bead above my egg sac or fly but I've not been able to decide if it works any better. Thoughts please!
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:46 am :: TSS Main Page ‹ View topic - Minnow and tandem rigging
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