North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – December 21st, 2012

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County)

Near-perfect fall conditions were reported, with water in the 50s, with a green tint and at fishable levels, Dec. 7. Hatches included black midges (24), cream midges (24) and blue-winged olives (20-24). Streamers were effective in high water; nymphing the deeper pools also was productive.

Penns Creek (Union County)

Levels were rising from recent rainfall but water was still fishable, clear and in the 50s as of Dec. 8. Streamers worked along the bank were effective, especially in falling water levels. Nymphing with Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails and other basic subsurface flies was recommended. A few midges and blue-winged olives were hatching.

Spring Creek (Centre County)

Water was a little lower than average, with good clarity and temperatures in the 50s Dec. 8. Crawlers, egg patterns, and working the bank with streamers were effective. In normal flow, going under with caddis pupa in olive and tan (16-18), Hare’s Ears and other nymphs was recommended. Hatches included midges (22-26), tan caddis (16-18), and blue-winged olives (20-22).

Pine, Little Pine creeks, Slate and Cedar runs (Tioga, Lycoming counties)

Typical winter fishing was reported Dec. 9, with a few catches reported on Woolly Buggers and big Stonefly Nymphs. On milder days, midges (18-24) and a few blue-winged olives were hatching.
McConnell’s Country Store reported that deer hunter numbers were way down, but the few bucks that were harvested were very nice. They included a 16-pointer and a 10-pointer with a 22-inch inside spread.  Glenn McConnell said bear hunter numbers were up, with several camps harvesting a bear, including a 441-pounder.

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