This has been a great summer for Penn's Creek. Consistent rainfall has the
stream flowing strongly and most importantly, cold. The last morning I was on
Penn's Creek, the water was downright chilly. Experienced Penn's Creek anglers
know that this is far from the norm for this stream in summer. Hopefully,
continued good precipatation will keep the water within the comfort levels of
its fine brown trout.
The morning I was on the stream, fishing was
excellent using a tandem rig of a Bead Head Green Weenie, trailed by a wet ant.
About equal numbers of fish took each fly. This has been a particularly good
year for the production of green inchworms, some of which are nearly two inches
long. Other nymphs to try include Isonychia and Perla Nymphs.
flow of water was so strong when I was on the stream, I had little incentive to
think about dry flies, although I did see a few little guys on top. Fishing
Carpenter Ants and floating inchworms along the banks seem to be a sound
strategy, and hatchmatchers can look for Slate Drakes in the evening (or on
cloudy days) and little Blue Quills in the morning. In the Coburn area, Tricos
also hatch well.