Spring Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Spring Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Another relatively dry week has left Spring Creek low and clear. The trout are looking up for terrestrials, and they are still taking tan elk hair caddis fished in the riffles. On the bottom, olive scuds, wet black ants, and sowbugs are go-to patterns. A good summer combo is to put one of those subtle nymphs behind a #14-16 Bead Head Green Weenie. Ugly but effective. Tricos have been on Spring Creek for several weeks. Tricos provide a viable starting point for fishing each day, in that at least some of the fish look up for the little spinners every morning. Even those trout not rising to Tricos seem to have a more intense focus on the top with trout around them rising. Some of my best fish this summer have been on carpenter ants and foam beetles fished to the edges during the Trico spinner fall. At the conclusion of the spinner fall, look for late feeders to continue to take ants and beetles, especially in well-shaded areas. After another hour or two of terrestrial rising, I usually head home to take a break.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Spring Creek is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: low and clear

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: mornings

Best stretch: wherever there is no other angler

Best access point: Benner Springs, Fisherman's Paradise

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Tricos, #24 Terrestrials, especially ants Tan Caddis, #14-16 Crane fly, #16-18 Cream, ginger midges, #22-28

Fish species: Trout

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

Nearest airport: State College Airport - SCE

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 productive. Summer means terrestrial fishing. Wet ants (just a subsurface ant fished like a nymph) are deadly, as are dry beetles and carpenter ants fished tight to cover.

7-Day Forecast

With the onset of the Tricos, the summer pattern on Spring Creek is complete. It will remain in effect until the first truly cold weather hits Central PA this fall. It's not a bad thing to have an effective fishing strategy laid out for you for a few months. The rainfall that fell in May and June is serving us in good stead this dry summer. Water levels and temperatures in Spring Creek are still good enough to make fishing excellent, especially in the mornings. I spent a few hours on the stream this morning and landed seven fish on wet ants and sowbugs. The best two were 14" and 15" and were heavy, fat and feisty. Good fishing should continue well into the fall with the following caveat-- the Penn State home football schedule. When PSU plays at home, traffic is congested, lodging is tough to come by, and restaurants are crowded at best. Penn State is at home on the following dates: 8/31-----Idaho 9/7-------Buffalo 9/14-----Pitt 10/5-----Purdue 10/19---Michigan 11/16----Indiana 11/30----Rutgers Steve Sywensky Flyfisher's Paradise State College PA


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