Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County)
Normal fall conditions prevailed as of Oct. 27, when water was low, clear, leaf-strewn and in the mid-60s. Long leaders and light tippets were essential both with wet and dry flies. Deeper pools were the best spots to target midday. Hatches included black midges (24), cream midges (24), blue-winged olives (20-24), and October caddis (10-12). Green Weenies, Prince Nymph Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and other basic patterns were effective.
Spring Creek (Centre County)
Low, clear conditions were reported as of Oct. 27. Blue-winged olives, tan caddis and midges were producing decent dry fly-fishing. TCO Fly Shop recommended going under with caddis pupa in olive and tan (16-18), Scuds, Cress Bugs, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears, Walt’s Worms, Green Weenies, San Juan Worms and Zebra Midges. Hatches included midges (22-26), tan caddis (16-18), and blue-winged olives (20-22).
Penns Creek (Mifflin County)
Recent rainfall created some decent nymphing and dry fly-fishing at the end of October. Ants and beetles were along the banks, and dry dropper techniques with Slate Drake or Caddis dries was recommended, along with Zebra Midges, Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, and olive, tan and green caddis larva. Hatches included a few caddis, occasional slate drakes, October caddis, and blue-winged olives. Productive patterns included Green Weenie (12-14), Slate Drake Dun and Nymph (12), Green Caddis Larva (14-18), and Flying Ants.