Since 1989, the philosophy of The Feathered Hook has been simple: to help every person who comes to fly fish central Pennsylvania's streams to achieve their goals, catch more fish, and enjoy themselves all the more. We specialize in wild trout that are stream bred and raised. Our guiding includes both public and private water experiences. The Feathered Hook is centrally located to fly fish brown trout and brookies on the world-class limestone streams of Pennsylvania, including Penns Creek, Elk Creek, Pine Creek, Big Fishing Creek, and Spring Creek.
Located in the heart of Northern Amish country on the banks of Penns Creek, The Feathered Hook is a fly fisher's inn. We provide a tying area, fly fishing literature to read and an attached shop to meet your fly and tackle needs. Most importantly, we provide an atmosphere that will allow you to relax, enjoy yourself and forget about the rest of the world.
In the tiny Appalachian town of Coburn, Pennsylvania, life occurs at a different pace. Take your time and take it easy: the only rush should be to get to the stream. Look forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.
I wouldn’t call it a thaw. Its only January 11th. We still have a couple more months of winter. Temperatures are predicted to stay over freezing until Saturday. There is some rain in the forecast. The warmer temps and mixture of above freezing precipitation may just be enough to cut back the heavy amounts of Ice on Penns Creek. I doubt it will eliminate it. I was at Ingleby yesterday. I walked over half a mile upstream before turning back to the car. It was all ice. Slow and deep, riffles, eddies, all of it…ICE.
Truthfully I had not fished in a couple weeks. I was happy watching drywall mud and paint dry (literally) instead of battling sub 0 temps on the water. With the break in weather I headed out yesterday to find that first fish of the new year. Josh did well on Fishing Creek the day before. The lower end is wide open. Still a fair bit of ice through The Narrows. The lower end of Spring Creek is wide open. You might find some ice if you go far enough up near Spring Creek Park.
This week looks like an opportunistic time to get out, wet a line, and wrangle a few fish. Get the new year started off on the right fin, so to speak. If you can find some open water the fish have been eager to eat a fly. They are also looking chunky and in much better shape that the last couple winters.
Our 2018 Simms order has arrived, including the new G3 Guide Wader, new G3 Guide Boot in felt and vibram sole, new lineup of Dry Creek Bags. We are fully restocked on boots, waders, hats, and much more.
We have set the date for our Annual Spring Extravaganza, March 24, 2018. You know the deal…food, drinks, tying demos, fun, and a storewide sale. Don’t miss out.
1.3.2018….Cold in Coburn
Winter decided to be on time this year and as of late we having been seeing extremely cool temperatures. It was 0 degrees (F) this morning and we are up to a brisk 10 degrees as of mid day. Temperature are forecasted to stay below freezing until at least Monday.
As a result Upper Penns is more less frozen. Below the confluence with Elk Creek, the Penns Creek side is all ice. In some spots the ice protrudes 15 feet out from the bank. Elk Creek’s side is what’s keeping it open with the combined flow of Pine Creek, Elk creek is dumping in warmer than upper Penns. At some spots, mostly where there is faster riffle water, there is minimal ice build up. Angler should use caution and choose wisely where to enter the stream in these conditions.
Most days we are working in the B&B and will be open for appointments.
Give us a ring if you want to stop by on a closed day and we will try to get you in.
Meteorologically speaking today is the first day of winter. The fish aren’t too worried about it. Fishing continues to be productive. We have good flows of water on Penns Creek unlike last winter. The streamer fishing has been productive some days while nymphing continues to be a consistent producer of fish day in and out.
We haven’t seen a whole heck of a lot of traffic on the water as we are into PA Deer Rifle Season. Never a bad idea to wear an orange hat this time of year, just to be safe. If you need one stop in the shop and check out our selection of Sitka Gear.. the orange hats will let hunters know where you are at and the base layers will keep your warm so you can fish all day long..
Egg patterns are a must have when entering the stream. Smaller attractor nymphs; Frenchie, Iron Lotus, and Rainbow Warriors seem to get the job done. Pheasant tails and hare ears can be just as productive as this time tested flies have the potential to produce fish any day of the year..
Updated shop hours:
(sorry the last post of hours was hard to read)
New Fall/Winter Hours….11.20.2017
10.3.17….Fall is in the air
The weather has cooled and the fishing is heating up!
October 1, 2017
The shop will be closed on Monday and Tuesday October 2nd & 3rd. Sorry for any inconvenience.
We will return to our normal 9 – 5 everyday on Wednesday.
The fly shop will close today, Sunday September 10 at 2:30pm.
Sorry for any inconveniences.
Please call Jonas at (814) 574-9426 with questions or concerns.
We will continue with regular business hours,9:00am-5:00pm, tomorrow Monday September 11th 2017.
Penns creek is in fine condition. The flow is a tad low but water temperatures are great. Elk Creek is coming in at 58 degrees while Upper Penns is coming in at 62 degrees.
Slate drakes, BWO, Slate Drake, Tan Caddis and October Caddis are keeping the fish happy and looking up. Don’t forget about midges. Always a go to for this time of year.
Our guided trips are continuing to bring in success with things looking up. It seems we are over the hump that is summer and heading for fall fishing!
Be sure to stop in to check out our wide selection of Sitka Gear to ready up for hunting season. These pooches are happy about it!
It is hard to believe we are 3/4 of the way through the year. September is almost here. No complaints on our end.
Comparing flows to last year, we are way ahead of where we were. Water temps are stable and relatively cool. The trout look much healthier then a year ago.
Day time temps have not been pushing 90. Night time temps have been reaching mid 50s. Doesn’t quite feel like August but we’ll take it!
The Isonychia is one of two Mayflies in our stream that is an undulating swimmer, meaning it has the ability to swim upstream.
They crawl up on the rocks and emerge from their shucks to continue their bugly duty.
Along with Slate Drakes you can also expect to see BWOs, Blue Quills, Craneflys, Cahills, Yellow Sally’s, and Tricos (in the right location) while on Penns Creek.
The fly shop continues to be open 7 days a week from 9AM-5PM.
For the latest conditions, to book a room or guide, please call the shop at 814-349-8757.
See you in Coburn
8/10/17…..A great water year!
The creeks are all in great shape this year because of all the rain! It is so wonderful after last years super low water!
The hatches have been good with Slate Drakes and Light Cahills and Blue Quills and Caddis and Terrestrials. The fish have been more than willing to play along.
If you would like the most up to date info….please call the shop at 814-349-8757. Thank you!!
Maybe we will see you soon…..
7/4/17….Summertime and the living’s easy
By: Matt Kowalchuk
Sublime totally nailed it. Summertime and the living’s easy. We are officially into summer. More days then not the weather sure feels like it.
Penns Creek is running around the Median Daily Statistic aka average flow for this time of year, meaning the water is in pretty good shape.
Many folks have been calling and asking about water temps. We advise carrying a thermometer with you while you fish as the temperature varies daily.
The super sunny and hot days without a doubt heat up the water. It is important to keep in mind every night as the sun sets and the air temperature drops the water temps drops also.
When the water is over 72 degrees it is a good idea to leave the trout alone. The water is coming out of Penns Cave at 52 degrees so to stay on the safe side try fishing closer to Coburn.
The water tends to warm up more around Poe Paddy and as it flows down stream.
Mornings have been consistently good for the trout fishing. You can’t really be out to early.
The saying, “the early bird gets the worm” holds very true as the summer progresses. Nymphs and Streamers are key from first light.
The summertime blue quill is hot and heavy. The cooler the days the later the spinner fall, the hotter the earlier.
ISO’s, Cahills, Craneflies, little black and little tan Caddis, BWOS and Yellow Drakes are hatching and bringing fish to the surface.
Terrestrial time is upon us: hoppers, beetles, ants, sunken ants, and greenies are some super reliable day-time flies.
We are continuing to send out Guided Trips with our Guides and Anglers finding great success.
If you didn’t make it up this Spring, summer has plenty to offer.
Let our Guides help make it a little easier if your not sure about the summer bite.
Remember The Feathered Hook Guide Guarantee: If you don’t catch a fish, your next trip is free!
1/2 day (night) Mousing Trips are available. We’re talking Trophy hunting. Come trout hunt with our guides for Central Pennsylvania Brown Trout on the surface. It’s a blast!
WARM WATER ESCAPADES
Summer means different things to different people but to us it means Smallmouth Bass!
Lower Penns has a great smallie population and the fishing is really heating up, no pun intended.
We’ve been catching them underneath and on top. It’s sure hard to beat smallmouth on topwater!
Stop in the shop and we can recommend some patterns and places to go.
Single person Smallmouth float trips are also available.
Take advantage with one on one instruction as our guides put you on some lunker smallies!
You never know what might eat your fly!
We hope you have a great 4th of July.
Stay cool, keep em’ wet and we’ll see you in Coburn.
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