Despite some much-needed rain this week, Central PA streams remain fairly low. This may all change quickly as one-two inches of rain are in the forecast for Wednesday, 12 June into Thursday. Your plans to fish may be disrupted, but the rain will be a real benefit to flows and the fish as we approach the hot months.
Spring Creek got a bit murky after the rain earlier in the week, but it is once again low and clear. Fishing has been a little less predicable than it was during the height of the Sulphur hatch, but it is still quite good if you are willing to be flexible and adaptable.
Nymphing is always the go-to strategy on Spring Creek, and sowbugs and shrimp are the patterns we depend on day in and day out. When I fished Sping Creek last week, I took most of my fish on wet black ants, a fly that will have even more relevance as the weather warms and the aquatic hatches lessen.
Tan caddisflies and crane flies are still hatching well and should form the basic fly selection for those most comfortable working the surface. I took a nice fish on a floating foam ant last week, but mostly the trout would have nothing to do with it. Terrestrial fishing will pick up as we get deeper into June.
Tan Caddis, #14-16
Yellow, orange Crane fly, #16
Muskrat Nymph, #14-16
Olive Shrimp, #14-16
Walt's Worm, #12-16
Wet Black Ant #12-16
Zebra Midges #18-22