Mike Fisher and I went up to State College/Bellefonte for several days this week. Water levels were in general low, with the best water in Spring Creek. Penn’s Creek was low but fishable, and we were told at the local fly shops to not waste our time going to Big Fishing Creek. The weather was nice, with daytime highs in the 60’s, and nighttime lows in the 30-40 range. Foliage was beautiful.
Unfortunately, the fishing was slow. The fly shop info attributed this to a few days of freezing temperatures just before we arrived, with an abrupt lowering of water temperatures into the low to mid 40’s. Hatches were altered, with scant tan caddis, morning midges, and only a few olives. We did catch fish, but averaged less than 1 per hour of fishing. We tried a variety of nymphs, streamers, and terrestrials. As we didn’t see but a rare rising fish, we didn’t try many dry flies. My best pattern was a tan soft hackle, fished to imitate a rising caddis pupa.
A good time was had, but another time we would go in the spring, when water levels are better, and hatches more reliable.
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