Fishing Season: Spring

Little Juniata River - PA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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TCO Fly Shop's Tip of the Week

LJ got a bump of water last night, water will drop and clear over the next few days Tan caddis and BWO patterns are producing well. Look for sulphurs this coming week.

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Map of Little Juniata River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/4/21

Please call for the most current weather and water levels. 814-689-3654

Techniques & Tips as of 5/4/21

Fishing has been good throughout the day. BWO's and caddis will fool fish on top. Nymphs are producing best.Find those pods of rising fish if you want to fish dries. Nymph small mayfly patters and swing some caddis pupa when fish are not actively rising.

Current Conditions as of 5/4/21

Please call for the most current weather and water levels. 814-689-3654

Local Species Available Spring

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    Brown Trout with occassional rainbows

TCO Fly Shop's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
CDC Caddis Tan 14-16
Blue Winged Olive N/A 18-20
Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail N/A 14-16
Tunghead Hare's Ear Grub N/A 12-16
Slump Busters olive 4-6
Walt's Worm N/A 10-16
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail N/A 12-18
Bead Head Flash Bugger Olive 6-12

CDC Caddis

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TCO Fly Shop's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little Juniata River

The Little Juniata River, a 35 mile tributary of Juniata River, begins humbly in Altoona when several small streams merge. Known locally as the “Little J” or simply the “J,” the river flows northeast from Altoona through the Logan Valley. This part of the river is a freestone fishery for predominantly stocked trout, but that changes quickly when the Little J bends sharply southeast at the town of Tyrone. Below Tyrone, the Little Juniata flows against high limestone cliffs and receives in-flows from dozens of large limestone springs which cool the river and add nutrients. The river’s deep, chalky-green pools and numerous riffles create the perfect environments to grow truly large trout. The J is a beautiful river, dotted with hand-cut stone railroad arches. But it becomes particularly scenic below Spruce Creek’s convergence, as it flows through the roadless “gorge” section within Rothrock State Forest. 13.5 miles of the Little Juniata River, from the bridge at Ironville to its confluence with the Frankstown Branch near Petersburg, is regulated as All Tackle Catch and Release. This special protection ensures that the river’s wild brown trout are able to thrive and attain proportions that are uncommon in the Northeastern U.S. The state stopped stocking fingerlings in the Little J and most of the river's fish are now wild.

Nearest Airport:

State College Airport (SCE)


Tan Caddis (16-18) BWO (18-22) Sulphur (14-16) Midges (20-26)

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Spruce Creek to Barree

Best Access:

Rothrock State Forest, near Barree, PA - Spruce Creek bridge - Route 453 - River Road