Dave Allbaugh

Fly Fisher, Guide, Fly Tier

Dave Allbaugh was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is a professional, licensed Pennsylvania guide, wet fly tier, and owner of Wet Fly Waterguides. He has been fly fishing since the early 1970′s, and has concentrated his efforts at the famed waters of Central and North Central Pennsylvania, specifically streams like; Spring Creek, Penn’s Creek, Little Juniata, Kettle Creek, and Big Pine Creek.

Dave specializes in the classic art of wet fly fishing. His mission is to educate new and seasoned fly fishermen about the largely forgotten art of wet fly fishing and to show exactly how productive wet flies can be throughout the year. Over the past 30 years, Dave has spent countless hours on the stream and at the vise, perfecting and designing highly effective wet fly patterns and customized wet fly leaders.

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Wet Fly Magic

Dave Allbaugh, a professional guide in Pennsylvania, has spent the last 30 years both on the stream and at his vise perfecting his wet fly fishing techniques and flies. His methods are effective throughout the year and he takes great pride in teaching his clients this lost art of fly fishing. Join us and learn Dave’s secrets to wet fly fishing.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • Are wet flies the same as nymphs and soft hackle flies?
  • What are flymphs?
  • What materials do you use for bodies and hackle?
  • What size do you tie your wet flies?
  • What flies do you start out with in April and May in PA?
  • What is your favorite "go to" wet fly when there is no hatch in progress?
  • What variations of flies do you use when searching?
  • What are some of your favorite classic wet fly patterns?
  • What weight type of rod do you use for wet fly fishing?
  • What lines work best for wet fly fishing?
  • What is your leader and tippet setup?
  • How do you rig up a multi-fly setup?
  • How do you present your flies for the best results?
  • Is upstream or downstream presentations more effective?
  • Do you add any action/movement to your flies?
His unique guide service is one of a very few in the country that focuses on fishing with wet flies throughout the year. Dave takes great pride in teaching his clients that this lost art of fly fishing is as effective today as in the past. He has given numerous seminars and demonstrations on wet fly fishing to local TU chapters, FFF clubs, Boy Scout troops, H.S. fly fishing clubs, and fly fishing shows.


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