Mid-April Update

Fish are looking up! Here are some updates on what’s been happening on the streams around us:

  • Grannoms are wrapping up on lower Spring Creek, but are still on Penns Creek and the Little J.
  • Also on Spring Creek: Tan caddis are coming off, along with midges and Blue Winged Olives (BWOs) if conditions are right. Craneflies are starting, too!
  • Penns Creek has had Hendricksons, some Blue Quills, BWOs, and March Browns are just starting to be seen.
  • The Little Juniata River still has Grannoms, along with BWO.
  • Big Fishing Creek has had some BWOs, caddis, and Hendricksons starting to pop.

Nymphing is going to be your most consistent bet, unless you see rising fish. Don’t neglect the small streamers, either!

Fly Fishing Clinic: Video Playlist

One of the (many) things that couldn’t happen in the late spring was a fly fishing clinic that typically happened for a local community. Turns out that one of my co-workers at school was looking for some help with a fly fishing portion of a course he teaches.

These are something I really enjoy doing! The goal is to get people interested in fly fishing who are brand-new to it, or to give people who have done it before a little more knowledge – either way, we want people to get out and try it for themselves!

One great book that is incredibly helpful as a tool is Dave Whitlock’s Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods. The charts and illustrations are top-notch, and it covers all kinds of aquatic life and includes some fly patterns to imitate those food types.

Introduction and Mayfly Life Cycle
Caddis Life Cycles and other aquatic insects
Anatomy of a stream (focusing on trout habitat on Spring Creek)
This covers fly patterns for this area and some tying materials

Things Worth Reading: 8/5/2016

Every now and then we’ll be posting some articles that have some content worth checking out. These are going to range from tips and tricks to patterns and tactics, highlighting anywhere between 3-6 articles per post.

Since the weather has been hot and humid, the articles highlighted here are going to feature some warmwater fishing and flies (but the two fly patterns would also work for trout). Enjoy!

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