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After a long, dry fall, we finally had enough rain to make a difference for Spring Creek. Rain fell on a relatively constant basis from Friday night, 5 December, through most of the next day. It was just the shot that Spring Creek needed, and there was even a spot of color to the stream on Sunday. Water levels have dipped again, but the stream looks better than it has for many weeks.

There should be little need to fish tiny nymphs for a while. #14-16 patterns that hook fish well should be appropriate for some time. As always sowbugs and shrimp patterns, imitations of year round food sources, are a good starting point. To that brief list add a Zebra midge since there are always midge larvae in the substrate, and also supplement the more somber fare with a bead head fly for extra weight and a bit of fish-attracting flash. Exactly what bead head pattern that might be is problematic, but BH Green Weenies, BH Pheasant Tails, and BH Fox Squirrel Nymphs have all taken fish for me during the cold months.

Although the fish had been midging well while the water was down, there were no risers to be seen when I stopped along the creek on Sunday. The typical cause of rising for the next few months will be tiny #24-28 dun-winged black Diptera. These little midges are called "snow flies" in the West; on particularly cold days they can be seen crawling over the snow to get off the water, since their wings are too cold for flight. Do not let their miniscule size fool you into thinking they are unimportant. Far from it! I have landed fish up to 17" on matching imitations, and foot-long browns rising steadily to winter midges are not unusual. Midges usually hatch during the warmest part of the day, a great trait for warmblooded anglers.

Good cold weather gear is essential for winter fishing. Dress in layers that allow you to remove some if you get too warm, for instance while walking. A hat not of the baseball variety or a hood keeps a great deal of body heat inside. And fish within close proximity to your car. If you take a dip in the summer, it is inconvenient. The same dip in the winter can be life-threatening if the walk to your vehicle is prolonged.


Surface:
Dun/Black Midge, #24-28
Griffith's Gnat, #20-22

Subsurface:
Sowbug, #14-16
Olive Shrimp, #14-16
Zebra Midge, #18-20
Sucker Spawn, #14
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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

Green Weenie
Green Weenie
Our Price: $1.70

The fly we all  love to hate but have with us at all times.
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.
Never leave home without them.
Bead Head Green Weenie
Bead Head Green Weenie
Our Price: $1.70

Sometimes looked down upon, the green weenie is a must have for fishing our local streams.  Using this as an attractor pattern in a tandem nymph rig is highly effective.  We will often pair it up with a scud, cress bug or zebra midge.