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Since I was in Penn's Valley on Sunday, 5 November, on other business, I drove to Coburn to take a look at Penn's Creek. I pretty much expected to see the water roiled and turbid, but it was green and flowing at very fishable levels. Penn's Creek is in fine shape for a late season trip before the weather gets truly cold. Little spawning takes place in Penn's Creek, so chasing fish off redds is much less a consideration than on Spring or Fishing Creeks.

It is a little late in the season to see much hatching, but there may be a few stray Baetis or Slate Drakes around. If a fish rises for the next few months, however, it is probable that midges are the cause. Your best bet for moving fish would be a deeply drifted nymph. A Perla (Golden) Stone has always been a top choice for taking fish on this big limestoner, and with the increased flow, #8 or #10 flies should work well. Streamers should get time as well.

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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.
Never leave home without them.
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: $1.75

Woven Stonefly, Golden
Our Price: $2.50

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