The capriciousness of spring weather in Central PA is no secret, and the last
few days were emblematic of this. Sunday, April 13 produced a near-record high
of 86F. By Tuesday afternoon, sleet and snow fell as the thermometer took a 50
degree plunge. In between almost an inch of rain fell in the State College
area. Today, Wednesday, 16 April, temperatures have rebounded a bit, and the
sun is shining brightly.
This will be the first of our weekly updates for
the season. For the most part, our reports are based on visits to each stream
we monitor. That factor, combined with decades of experience on local waters,
gives a high reliability to our reports. We do not guild the lily.
Creek is up a bit and somewhat murky today. I suspect it will clear in the next
day or two. Levels are about what you would expect for spring. There are still
midges and BWOs about, but it is unlikely the fish will pay too much attention
to them until water levels recede a bit. Of more interest, there have been
Grannom caddis from Milesburg to Fisherman's Paradise. Grannoms are a new hatch
for Spring Creek, and they may not last all that long. Each year seems to see
them spread over more stream mileage, however.
Nymphing on Spring Creek
has been excellent the last week. Sowbugs have outfished just about any other
pattern. Other flies to try include olive shrimp, zebra midges, sucker spawn,
and Baetis Nymphs. Pay particular attention to the amount of weight you use.
There is so much water that the fish will not move far to eat your fly. Tippet
need not be fluorocarbon nor light. 3x or 4X nylon will do fine. That's are a
good thing since the fish are so fat and feisty.