Spring Creek

Tip of the week 

Nymphing a limestoner is always the default technique. Day in and day out, the fish just feed better on the bottom than on the surface. For Spring Creek sowbugs and shrimp (scuds) are 24-7-365 flies, patterns that work virtually year round. A Zebra midge, trailed behind a sowbug or shrimp, is a fine choice and suggestive of the abundant chironomids in limestone water. Recent increases in water levels on Spring Creek should allow the use of slightly heavier tippet (4X) and a bit bigger flies (#14-16).

Seven-day forecast 

More water does not necessarily mean faster fishing. Temperatures are still low, and the fish will be loggy at best. Rather than making a cast of two and rushing upstream to get to the next riffle or run, slow down. The same fish that has rejected your first three casts may well take the tenth. Winter fishing is not about how much water you can cover, but about how how perisistent and patient you are.

Steve Sywensky
Flyfisher's Paradise
State College PA

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