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Spring Creek Report

Now that fall is here, it is more than time to revise the FFP stream reports.  Let's start with local water conditions.  After a very wet early to midsummer rains have been very tough to come by in the last three or four weeks.  Simpy put, it has been bone dry lately.  All local streams are well below normal flow, and only Spring Creek has enough water so that the fish are not terribly spooky.  Guide Dennis Charney was on Penn's Creek earlier in the week and reported more fish tails seen than trout observed; fishing was extremely tough.

I was on Spring Creek for a few hours in the early afternoon yesterday, Wednesday, 24 September.  Although the water was very low, fishing was still reasonably good.  Nymphing was tough, and I only landed four fish working under the surface--two each on #16 BH Green Weenies and #18 Wet Black Ants.  Dry fly fishing was more productive, both because a few fish were rising and also because dry fly fishing at some distance is more practical than long line nymphing..  Trico spinners fell sparsely between 12:15 and 1 PM.  Smallish fish rose to beetles before the spinners fell and a #24 Female Trico Spinner during the fall itself.  This pattern of Tricos and terrestrials is a carryover from the summer and will apply until much colder weather sets in.

Yesterday, I also observed the harbingers of future insect activity.  There were more than a few caddisflies and crane flies in the air and hatching.  The downwings will be around for another month or so.  Caddisflies can generate enough numbers to get the trout to rise selectively at times.  Probably more important were the dozen or so BWOs that I saw.  There were too few of them to get the trout interested, but Baetis hatches can be very prolific heading into mid-fall.

It almost goes without saying that normal low water protocals apply--wear dark clothing to blend into the riparian vegetation, approach slowly and carefully, spend some observing rather than blindly flailing the water, and use longer leaders then normal.  Finally, keep in mind that autumn fishing in Central PA also has a complication attached to it-- the Penn State home football schedule.  When PSU is in town, travel to, around, and from the area can be congested, lodging is often tough to find, and restaurants are crowded at best.  We do get a bit of a break this fall, since PSU is away the whole month of October, a great fishing month!

 PSU Football Home Schedule27 Sept-----Nothwestern
1 Nov--------Maryland
15 Nov-------Temple
29 Nov-------Michigan State

Spring Creek Stream Gauge