Water flow: The J is flowimg at 217 cfs, average is 494.
Visibility: 30 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All day!
Best stretch: From Tyrone to the Junction with the Frankstown Branch
Best access point: Rothrock State Forest, near Barree, PA - Spruce Creek bridge - Route 453 - River Road
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Tan Caddis (14-16), Sulphurs (14-16), Midges (olive, black, white) #22-28, Cranefly (16-18)
Fish species: Brown Trout with occassional rainbows
Fishing season: spring conditions
Nearest airport: State College Airport (SCE)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout WF
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip
The Little Juniata River, a 35 mile tributary of Juniata River, begins humbly in Altoona when several small streams merge. Known locally as the “Little J” or simply the “J,” the river flows northeast from Altoona through the Logan Valley. This part of the river is a freestone fishery for predominantly stocked trout, but that changes quickly when the Little J bends sharply southeast at the town of Tyrone. Below ...
Tyrone, the Little Juniata flows against high limestone cliffs and receives in-flows from dozens of large limestone springs which cool the river and add nutrients. The river’s deep, chalky-green pools and numerous riffles create the perfect environments to grow truly large trout. The J is a beautiful river, dotted with hand-cut stone railroad arches. But it becomes particularly scenic below Spruce Creek’s convergence, as it flows through the roadless “gorge” section within Rothrock State Forest. 13.5 miles of the Little Juniata River, from the bridge at Ironville to its confluence with the Frankstown Branch near Petersburg, is regulated as All Tackle Catch and Release. This special protection ensures that the river’s wild brown trout are able to thrive and attain proportions that are uncommon in the Northeastern U.S. In addition to the wild trout, Pennsylvania stocks 30,000 brown trout fingerlings into the river each year. But these fish quickly adapt to their surroundings and by the time they reach 10 to 12 inches (average size), it’s impossible to differentiate between the truly wild trout and the newly “wild” stocked fish.
Nymphing is best from morning through early afternoon. However, dry fly action should occur late afternoon.
Please call ahead for the most current weather and water levels. 814-689-3654