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It has been a hot, dry summer in Central PA, a summer that has had major impact on the fishing. Air temperatures were often in the 80s and 90s, and there was little cooling since many evenings bottomed out in the mid-upper 60s. Combined with the very hot days was a dry trend that left a rainfall deficit of 5.2 inches by the end of August. The upshot of this was that two of our best streams, Penn's Creek and the Little Juniata River, were unfishable due to excessively warm water. Although things are beginning to moderate a bit, it would be best to stay off these two waters until mid-September. On Fishing Creek and Spring Creek water temperature was not an issue, but low, clear water was. The best fishing was very early in the morning. When the sun hit the water strongly in the late morning, the fish became spooky and tough to approach.

Spring Creek fished well in the morning for the whole summer. By 6 AM fish were ready to rise to ants and beetles, and it was one of the best terrestrial summers in recent memory. Tricos began on June 28 (one of the earliest starts in my 45 years of record keeping), and most mornings have seen groups of fish rising well. Terrestrial fishing for an hour or two after the spinner fall has been solid, and nymphing in riffled areas with wet black ants and small sowbugs and shrimp has been very productive. If you were willing to sacrifice your morning's sleep, it was a great summer.

I expect the summer fishing pattern to continue on Spring Creek for at least the next month. What should change as the weather cools, however, will be timing. September usually witnesses a real change to midday fishing. Even the Tricos begin to take place later in the day. It is not unusual to see good hatches of duns with spinner falls later and later in the day. I have seen Trico spinner falls in October between one and two in the afternoon. Until the first heavy frost, terrestrial fishing is excellent. Fall hatches of note on Spring Creek can include #20 BWOs and #16 Tan Caddis.

September also sees the return of Penn State football on seven autumn weekends. Veteran visitors to Central PA know that travel to and around the area will be congested on a football Saturday, and lodging and restaurants will be crowded at best. It is better to plan fishing weekends around the football schedule or, of course, visit during the week. Penn State plays at home the following days:

1 October------------Minnesota
8 October------------Maryland
22 October----------Ohio State
5 November---------Iowa
26 November-------Michigan State
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Tan Elk Hair Caddis
Elk Hair Caddis, Tan
Our Price: $1.80

Sowbug (Cress Bug)
Our Price: $1.75

One of those simple yet highly effective trout patterns.  Works particluarly well on the local limestone streams of central Pennsylvania.  One of the must have patterns.
Scud (shrimp), Olive
Our Price: $1.75

One of the best all around patterns for fishing Spring Creek.  Works 12 months out of the year, fish smaller sizes when water is low and clear, larger sizes when the water is up. ** Check out the video on how to tie!**
Ray Charles fly pattern
Ray Charles
Our Price: $1.70

Walt's Worm
Walt's Worm
Our Price: $1.70

One of our favorite go to patterns.  We tie them in a variety of sizes and fish them according to water levels.  Small sizes when water is low and larger sizes when the water is up.  Great for searching pattern for trout and bass.  Simplicity at it's finest.
Pheasant Tail
Our Price: $1.70

A must have pattern for all trout fishermen.  Pheasant tail nymphs are effective on trout streams anywhere in the country.
Bead Head Walt's Worm
Bead Head Walt's Worm
Our Price: $1.70

The bead headed version of our very own local creation.  Simplicity at it's best to tie and fish love them too.  Best used in sizing according to water levels.  Size 10 and 12 when water is high and 16 and 18 when water is low.  Year in and year out this is one of our best trout flies for fishing our local limestone streams.
Bead Head Pheasant Tail
Our Price: $1.70

Maybe the most universal trout fly.  If there are trout, then a bead head pheasant tail is never out of the question.
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Zebra Midge, Black
Our Price: $1.70

Zebra midges of all colors work well on Spring Creek.  This is the original and is a must have trout pattern.