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
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.
22 October----------Ohio State
26 November-------Michigan State