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Some very welcome rain and light snow showers have finally started to add to the water levels in Spring Creek. Although I did not fish yesterday, I spent a good deal of time walking along the stream and watching. Spring Creek has that nice color I like to think of as "limestone green." It is no longer possible to see every pebble in two feet of depth. At the very least the trout should feel more comfortable in being harder for the resident predatory birds to spot. Anglers should be able to creep closer to them as well.

The extra water does not mean fishing will be all that fast, however. Cold water temperatures will still dull down the need of Spring Creek's wild browns to feed. Instead of making a cast or three to the best runs and riffles and dashing upstream to the next, it is best to make repetitive presentations. Fish that ignored a cast that was slightly offline may well take on the tenth cast if it is just a bit better placed. At this time of the year, patience and persistence pay off better than pace.

Nymphing will produce the most fish, but streamers drifted deeply and slowly may produce a strike as well as relieve the tedium of fruitless casting. Sowbugs and shrimp are in the stream year round and are logical nymphs to fish. The same is true of midge larval patterns like Zebra Midges. A good tandem is to trail a smaller midge pattern behind one of the crustacean imitators. Finally, there have been a few trout rising to the normal winter midges. If you encounter these, try a #26-28 Dun/Black Midge. Catching a January trout on a dry fly is a great way to break out of the doldrums of cabin fever.

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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.