My old business partner and angling friend, Dan Shields, fished on Fishing Creek
on Tuesday morning, looking for a few Green Drake feeders and a little
solitude. It was peaceful, but Dan reported only one decent fish landed and not
much going on. I visited the steam on Wednesday afternoon to get a feel for the
drake hatch. There were no Coffinflies in the trees or over the water below the
Narrows or in the lower sections of the Narrows. It was almost a mile up until I
saw the first Coffinlfies hanging on riparian leaves, and most of the angling
pressure was in the vicinity of the Lock Haven camp. If you want to see the
drakes on Fishing Creek, get there soon.
Once the drakes end, look for
remnant Sulphurs (orange #18), Slate Drakes, and Yellow Sallies. I've done well
fishing large carpenter ants to the banks in summer, and midges work well in the
slack water. Stone fly nymphs, Slate Drake nymphs, wet ants, and Green Weenies
all take fish beneath the surface.