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It has rained often over the last ten days, but the total accumulation has been inadequate to increase stream flow in Central PA. Central PA streams are still low and clear. There is a misting drizzle as I update this report, and once again, there will probably be little change in the way Spring Creek looks or fishes. Yesterday, I made the mistake of passing up a perfectly good cloudy morning to tie. I should have fished when the cloud cover was on hand. When I hit the stream below the Paradise around 12:30, the bright sun made the fish spooky. I took three fish on wet ants, but I spooked many more than that trying to get into position to cast. The bottom line is that we still need a great deal of precipitation to help the fish and the fishing.

Perhaps the most important thing I observed in two hours of fishing yesterday was significant numbers of Blue-winged Olives. In the bright sun the fish were far less impressed than I was. Cooler, wetter weather would have kept the duns on the water longer and have prompted more trout to rise. The onset of this hatch is usually a good sign of better fishing on the way. Baetis hatches well on every limestoner in central PA, and with the current lack of water, they should eat it well.

Another factor to consider is that we have yet to have a frost. Until we do have an evening below 32F, terrestrial fishing will remain good. Crickets still sing every evening, and there are hoppers in the grass. Ants continue to work when the air temperatures go above 60F in the afternoon. Lady bugs will be around later in the month, so don't put away your terrestrial box just yet. Lastly, in addition to Baetis, there will be remnant Slate Drakes for a week or two on the streams other than Spring Creek.

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