- Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2016 15:08
Streams in Central PA are gushing water due to lots of rain and a bit of recent snow melt. Flows are well above normal, and even relatively small streams like Spring Creek are a handful to wade. I last fished on Wednesday, January 13, and I was happy to have studded wading shoes and a staff at the ready. Several hours of fishing out-sized Bead Head Walt's Worms produced five trout and very sore legs. I tried a variety of smaller nymphs behind the Walt's Worm, but there were no takers for them. Apparently, there was sufficient water to make only the #10 fly worth moving to eat.
For the rest of the winter, or at least until Baetis begin in March, fishing in Central PA will be pretty much persistent nymphing, streamer fishing when nymphing becomes just too boring to continue, and a lot of wishing for a midge hatch to get some fish to the top. Pick the size of your nymphs to match the velocity and depth of the water. Right now, in the exaggerated flows of January, bigger is better. If the water drops, down size your nymphs accordingly.
Spring Creek Stream Gauge
State College, PA
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