This summer has been more a continuation of spring than a typical hot, hazy,
humid summer. To be sure, there have been periods of hot weather that have been
uncomfortable, but far more common have been temperate days with cloudy or rainy
conditions. Spring Creek and Penn's Creek have gotten plentiful precipitation
that has them flowing far above normal levels. In fact, Penn's Creek is still
running quite well and even cold. By contrast, the Little Juniata and Fishing
Creek are at about usual flows for summer.
Spring Creek has been
great fun lately if you like to nymph. My favorite fly combination in June and
July has been a #12-14 Bead Head Green Weenie, trailed by a #12-14 Wet Black
Ant. Due to heavy shower activity, I have even taken numerous fish using #6-8
Black Sculpins cast along the banks. On tougher days, I have had to drop a fly
size or two and go from 4X to 5X. Olive Scuds, sowbug patterns, and Zebra
Midges have also been of use.
Dry fly action has been somewhat slow.
Since Tricos have begun in the last week, however, perhaps that will change.
Even ants and beetles, normally productive terrestrials on Spring Creek, have
gone begging for the most part. Other than Tricos the only aquatic insects of
importance are tiny (#24-28) ginger midges. Look for these tiny chironomids in