My weekly excursion to Penn's Creek focused on the Glen Iron area. Yesterday
afternoon, 18 May, was cloudy and cool, and I thought I might see a few Green
Drakes. I was disappointed initially by the almost total lack of insects.
However, the first clue to what was actually happening was the sound of a
heavily feeding fish. Two nice trout, one about a foot and another considerably
better, were slamming Green Drake duns as they drifted by. There were only a
few hatching, but the trout seemed to find each one. Only two made it off the
surface as I watched.
Since there were no Coffinflies in the riparian vegetation, it appears the
Shadflies (central PA for Green Drake dun) have just started. The warm-up
forecast for early next week should really stimulate the hatch. Penn's Creek is
at excellent levels--enough flow to keep the fish from being spooky and low
enough to prevent wading from being a challenge.