It is starting to feel like Spring is coming and I am ready!
We are just about ready in the shop and almost all the new stuff has arrived!
The Extravaganza is March 24th!
Look forward to seeing y’all!
Posted February 19, 2018
Regional Weather Forecast
USGS Creek Flow Data for Central PA
Last week was a relatively mild one. We needed that. It was hard to stay inside and accomplish the things that needed done and that seemed to be the popular opinion. We saw quite a few anglers through the shop and on the water. It felt like early spring. Mid to high 40s was a welcome air temperature change.
Flows have subsided since the snow/rain/ice + melt/runoff situation we had last week. Penns is green with a couple feet of visibility and holding steady around 600 CFS. Lower Spring is just over 200 CFS, a really good, fishable flow. Fishing Creek (no gauge) is in good shape. Worth checking out if your up for it. The Little J is sitting pretty just under 400 CFS. Good, fishy water.
The fishing has been good. January was one heck of a streamer month. The fish were aggressive and willing to move for some meat. I guided a ¾ day float trip with a friend on saturday. We moved two really nice fish and caught two small fish in the first hour. Then things got slow. We grinded for a couple hours, low and slow, without seeing a flash. Then all of a sudden just like someone flipped a light switch the bite window opened up. Jeremy boated 5 fish and had a few more chases in the last hour and a half. Persistence pays off.
I had a day off yesterday and took my friend and yours, Kenny for a fun float. 5th cast from the put in Kenny put a solid fish to hand. Things keep on that way for the afternoon. We didn’t move any piggies but we caught some really solid middle class fish.
Looks like this upcoming week is going to be a little cooler than last. Look for the warmer days and get out there. 2018 is off to a great start. Hope to #seeyouincoburn soon.Posted January 29, 2018
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
Sunday- 9AM-2PMPosted January 22, 2018
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.
Posted January 11, 2018
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.
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.
(814)349-8757Posted January 3, 2018