Flyfishing News and Notes

1.22.2018….Cabin Fever

Winter Guide Trip Special 3/4 Day:6 Hour – 1 Angler Float Trip: $299. Not a numbers game (most days) . We are on the hunt for trophy fish. Lots of streamer fishing. Some nymphing at prime locations. All gear, terminal tackle, coffee, snack and a pile of fun included. Crazy? Maybe, but so worth it. 

It is tolerable out there. The water is good. The fish are eating. Whats not to be happy about. Penns Creek is open thanks to the snow which turned to rain about a week and a half ago. Mild temps have melted the remaining ice. Penns is sitting somewhere north off 500 CFS. Fishing has been par for the course. Numbers haven’t been crazy but the quality of fish has been. 
We had a serious break in the weather this weekend. Even the lows were right around or above freezing. Cabin fever must have set in. We saw lots of faces through in the shop and plenty of anglers getting out there this weekend. Nymphing has been pretty good. Big stuff, eggs, small stuff, just pick your poison and fish it with confidence. Streamer bite has been on. Black is always a good choice. Articulated black is an ever better choice. 

Josh and I floated last Wednesday. Half day streamer float. Moved one and caught one mid teens fish. It was frigid. Anchor rope froze up and would not drop. Had to bust an inch worth of ice off each guide about every five minutes. Fun but frigid day with a high of 23 degrees.. 

Yesterday was a heck of a day on the water. I floated with my good friend Shaun, a local fire forester. We launched at noon and Shaun had a 17 inch brown annihilate his articulated streamer 50 yards from the launch. We boated 6 fish and moved 12 others. I got off the water to find a few pictures Josh sent me. The bite was on, on Fishing Creek also. Hope you were out yesterday. 

The water should hold and there is some precipitation expected in the next week. Air temps look good. 
Fly Shop Hours  
Monday- Closed

Tuesday- Closed

Wednesday- Closed

Thursday- Closed

Friday- 9AM-5PM

Saturday- 9AM-5PM

Sunday- 9AM-2PM

Posted January 22, 2018

12.1.2017….happy winter

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)

Christmas is just around the corner now! Remember we do offer gift certificates which can be applied to the Fly Shop, Bed & Breakfast, and Guided Trips. Stop in the shop or call to order one.

Posted December 1, 2017

9.10.2017….Midgetember

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!

Posted September 10, 2017

7/4/17….Summertime and the living’s easy

By: Matt Kowalchuk

SUMMER FLOW

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.

Josh testing his Fishpond nets capacity with this wild stud

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! 

Fred got it done again with Hook Guide Josh

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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Posted July 4, 2017

6/1/16……Still fishing the Drakes!

We have some green drake duns coming off in the mornings and lots of Coffin flies late in the evening. 

The Coffin flies have been starting to hit the water around 10 pm because of the heat!  
DONT LEAVE EARLY!
You go girl!

  

Posted June 1, 2016

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