North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 18th, 2013

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County)

Water was in the 40s and with perfect winter flow as of Jan. 5, according to TCO Fly Shop. Trout were in their slow, deep winter holes. A strong streamer bite was reported, with micro-nymphs fished on light tippet a good backup plan. Black Midges and Cream Midges (24) and Blue-Winged Olives (20-24) were hatching. Effective paterns were Buggers and Slump Busters in white, olive, brown or black; orange Bird of Prey caddis; Blue-Winged Olives, Prince Nymph Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Green Weenies.

Spring Creek (Centre County)

Water was clear, a little higher than normal, and in the 50s as of Jan. 6. Working the banks with streamers was recommended. Crawlers and egg patterns also were effective. Hatches included midges (22-26) and small Blue-Winged Olives (20-22). In normal water levels, caddis pupa in olive and tan (16-18), cress bugs, scuds, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears, San Juan Worms, and Green Weenies were recommended. Effective patterns included tan and olive Bird of Prey Caddis (14-16), brown Zebra Midge (18-22), Walt’s Worm (14-16), Sow Bug (14-16), and Green Weenie (12-14).

Penns Creek (Union County)

Ideal conditions were reported Jan. 6, with water in the 50s, clear, and at normal flow. Streamers worked along the banks was recommended, as were dry dropper techniques with Caddis dries and standard fall nymphs, such as Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, and olive, tan, and green Caddis Larva. A few midges and blue-winged olives were hatching. Good patterns included Green Weenies (12-14), Prince Nymphs (12), and Green Caddis Larva (14-18).

Hunters Lake (Sullivan County)

A trout stocking is slated for Jan. 31.

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