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Penns Creek Report

I dropped by Penn's Creek along Tunnel Road this afternoon (Tuesday, 30 May). There was a bit of murk to the water, but I could see the bottom in about two feet of flow. That was enough to encourage me to break out my Helios for an hour.
There is no mistake that Penn's Creek has strong flow right now. I worked some heavy pockets with big (#8-10, 2XL) bead head Walt's Worms, and it would have been tough to stay upright without a staff and studded shoes. I only landed two fish and lost a third, but they were feisty and fat as hogs. It was easy to see that the current diet of Green Drakes, March Browns, and Sulphurs agrees with them.
The Green Drake hatch has moved upstream quickly, and duns are hatching as far upstream as Coburn. Fish it now or wait until next year. If you do miss it, there are still Slate Drakes, Cahills, and large Blue-winged Olives to encounter.

Penns Creek Stream Gauge