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It was a really tough summer for the trout in Penn's Creek. The combination of very hot weather and extremely low water was a perfect storm of the worst sort for the finny residents of this popular stream. Things got bad enough that DEP actually posted several tributaries that serve as cold water refuge areas for imperiled trout. Hopefully, their timely action and the discretion of anglers saved as many fish as possible. Some mortality, however, was almost inevitable.

Fishing this fall may still be an "iffy" proposition. Although water temperatures have undoubtedly improved as the weather has cooled, the fish usually do not redistribute themselves until they run to spawn in November. Essentially, that means that long sections of water may well be devoid of fish. The corollary is that they will remain clustered around sources of cool water like springs and seeps. The result is often inconsistent or spotty angling.

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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Ray Charles fly pattern
Ray Charles
Our Price: $1.70

Tan Elk Hair Caddis
Elk Hair Caddis, Tan
Our Price: $1.80

Woven Stonefly, Golden
Our Price: $2.25

Our favorite patterns for the Perla Stonefly.  Works particularly well on Penns Creek and Big  Fishing Creek.