Spring Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Spring Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Due to the heavy rain that we experienced about a month ago and the shut-down of the vegetation for the year, Spring Creek has remained in excellent shape for the last few weeks. That has meant that the fish have had good conditions in which to spawn, without avian predators having too easy a meal when they are going about their reproductive business. The spawn should be concluding in the next week, meaning anglers can hit the water without too many guilt feelings. However, please watch out for the redds, patches of clean gravel into which the females lay their eggs. Even after a few weeks, these areas are very easy to see. When in doubt, step around it. Nymphs will be the best way to move fish consistently. Adjust the size to suit conditions, and be patient. The fish will not move far or fast when the water is this cold. Repetitive drifts may be necessary to coax a reluctant fish to take.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Spring Creek is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: up and offcolor

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: afternoons

Best stretch: wherever there is no other angler

Best access point: Benner Springs, Fisherman's Paradise

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Dun/Black Midges, #24-28

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: April 15 - July 15)

Nearest airport: State College Airport - SCE

Free Orvis Fish Sticker

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing a limestoner is always the default technique. Day in and day out, the fish just feed better on the bottom than on the surface. For Spring Creek sowbugs and shrimp (scuds) are 24-7-365 flies, patterns that work virtually year round. When water levels are favorable, a Zebra Midge behind a sowbug or shrimp is always appropriate.

7-Day Forecast

There will be little change in fishing conditions for the next two months. The only flies likely to emerge are tiny (#24-28) dun/black midges which in the West are called snow flies. When there is snow piled up along the creek, the midges will often crawl up the snow banks to seek shelter. Tough critters! If there are enough of them, the trout will take them with alacrity, despite their diminutive size. I have spent many finger-numbing afternoons along Spring Creek fishing teeny dry flies to risers in December through March. It is a pleasant relief from cabin fever. Generally, slow and patient nymphing will take the most fish. Sowbugs or shrimp patterns, trailed by a Zebra Midge, are my starting points for winter fishing on Spring Creek. It is seldom the fault of fly selection if no trout are caught in the winter. When all else fails, try streamers fished as deeply and slowly as you can manage to relieve the tedium of nymphing. Steve Sywensky Flyfisher's Paradise State College PA

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