- Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 11:33
The major aquatic insect hatches are pretty much over for the year. Green Drakes and Sulphurs are waning in Central PA. Their early end was triggered by the unseasonably warm weather that characterized much of spring. Although these angler favorites are over or nearly so, the trout do not stop rising, and there are bugs on the water all summer. Caddisflies and crane persist until fall, and there are different species of mayflies to replace those gone by, including Slate Drakes, large Blue-winged Olives, Cahills, late season Blue Quills, and later Tricos. Terrestrials, especially ants and beetles, supplement the aquatics. For anglers who do not depend on rising fish for their sport, nymphing is always appropriate and dependable in producing trout. Central PA is quite simply a year-round fishing venue.
Spring Creek is a little low and clear on Thursday, June 2, as this report is filed, but there is rain falling and it will only benefit conditions. There are still Sulphurs in the evening, but their days are clearly numbered. Caddisflies and crane flies will persist until autumn, and terrestrials will play an increasingly important part in the diet of Spring Creek fish. Midges, especially small, ginger chironomids, fish well in the evening.
Nymphing becomes crucial to taking trout consistently from Spring Creek in the summer, especially in the morning and evening when they feed best. Spring Creek basics like sowbugs, shrimp, and midge larvae, 24-7-365 food forms, return to prominence in the diet of the stream's wild browns when Sulphur nymphs are no longer prevalent. Add wet ants and Green Weenies to that list, and you have a battery of effective underwater patterns that remain productive throughout the summer.