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Split Shots in Delayed Harvest Waters
Question
I have a quick question about the regulations on delayed harvest fly fishing only areas. I checked the web page as well as the rule book before sending this message but I couldn't find what I was looking for. I like fishing nymphs and prefer to use some split shot on my leader to keep them low. I was just wondering if it's lawful to do this?
Answer
As you noted, there are some restrictions on they type of tackle you can use in stream sections managed under Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Only (DHFFO) regulations, as well in other streams where fly-fishing only restrictions apply.

The use of small split shot sinkers on a fly leader is legal in DHFFO and other fly-fishing only areas as long as the hook is not modified to make snagging of fish more likely.

Regulations are listed in the PA Summary Book, specifically in the DHFFO regulations section.

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