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Streams in Central PA are gushing water due to lots of rain and a bit of recent snow melt. Flows are well above normal, and even relatively small streams like Spring Creek are a handful to wade. I last fished on Wednesday, January 13, and I was happy to have studded wading shoes and a staff at the ready. Several hours of fishing out-sized Bead Head Walt's Worms produced five trout and very sore legs. I tried a variety of smaller nymphs behind the Walt's Worm, but there were no takers for them. Apparently, there was sufficient water to make only the #10 fly worth moving to eat.

For the rest of the winter, or at least until Baetis begin in March, fishing in Central PA will be pretty much persistent nymphing, streamer fishing when nymphing becomes just too boring to continue, and a lot of wishing for a midge hatch to get some fish to the top. Pick the size of your nymphs to match the velocity and depth of the water. Right now, in the exaggerated flows of January, bigger is better. If the water drops, down size your nymphs accordingly.
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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!**
Shucked Black Midge Pupa
Our Price: $1.75

Dun/Black Spent Wing Midge
Our Price: $1.75

Griffith's Gnat
Our Price: $1.75

Black Midge
Our Price: $1.75

The winter months are the best for this pattern.  Fish them as small as you can stand to.
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.