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Spring Creek Report

It has been a very kind summer for the trout in Central PA. Abundant rain and reasonable air temperatures have kept water levels up and water temperatures down. It has been a much better year for the fish than 2106. Fly fishing has been excellent, although it is always demanding in June, July, and August. It looks like we will have good angling continuing into the autumn.


Tricos are still the best summer hatch on the stream, and 2017 saw reasonably good numbers of the flies on many mornings. Just this past Wednesday, September 6th, I encountered a brief but productive spinner fall below the Paradise. In a half hour I landed six browns including two fish around 14". After the Tricos concluded, I took one more good fish on a #16 tan elk hair caddis. Caddsilfies have been on the water much of the summer, and even though their numbers have been few, the trout have been taking them with alacrity. Guide Dennis Charney recommends trailing a small nymph behind the caddis dry. His favorite is a #18 Spring Creek Midge. Tricos and terrestrials will continue to be a major factor in fishing on Spring Creek until the first heavy, killing frost.

Nymphs should always be a major part of any fly arsenal on Spring Creek. Sowbugs and olive scuds work year-round, and as long as the weather remains reasonably warm, wet ants will work, too. Trail a much smaller nymph like a Zebra Midge or Spring Creek Midge behind the first fly. As we get deeper into the fall, small Blue-winged Olives will reappear. #20 dries match the naturals, but the same #18 Baetis Nymph we fish in the spring will take fish in October and November. Tan caddis hatches usually get more abundant in autumn as well.

It is important to remember that the PSU home football schedule has a major impact on travel to and within Central PA, lodging, and food service, since Beaver Stadium often seats more than 100,000 rabid fans during a home game. This fall's home game agenda is very "fisherman friendly", offering ample time to sample our fine fall fly fishing. Penn State plays at home on the following dates:

9/16---Georgia State
9/30---Indiana
10/21--Michigan
11/18--Nebraska

 

Spring Creek Stream Gauge