Fishing Season: All Year

Spring Creek - PA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 66°



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TCO Fly Shop's Tip of the Week

Spring is average for this time of year but flows will increase as showers roll through our area. When the water drops streamer fishing will be best. Tricos have been steady in the mornings when the water drops. Terrestrials and nymphing is best in the afternoon and evening.

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Map of Spring Creek

Water Flow Data

5-Day Outlook as of 7/25/23

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

Techniques & Tips as of 7/25/23

Tricos hatch in the mornings, early on hot days, later on colder/cloudy days, but expect the hatch to be over by noon for the most part. Olives will still be good on cloudy days, look for tan caddis as well to bring fish up. Cahills are in the evening. Nymphing and terrestrials should provide the best daytime action. Streamers this week with the rain! Fish tend to feed heaviest in the riffles during a good hatch. Don't ignore secondary holding water below the popular pools and deep runs. Use longer leaders and light tippet in those flat pools.

Local Species Available All Year

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    Brown Trout

TCO Fly Shop's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Chernobyl Ant N/A 12-16
Indicator Spinner - Trico N/A 18-24
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph N/A 14-18
Flashback Scud Wet Hare's Ear N/A 14-18
GD SculpSnack N/A 6-10
Schultzy's S3 Sculpin N/A 4-8

Chernobyl Ant

This foam ant and hopper fly is great as an indicator with any type of nymph hanging below it.

TCO Fly Shop's Recommended Gear

Description: About Spring Creek

Totally confined within Pennsylvania’s Centre County, Spring Creek begins life at the base of Tussey Mountain, near the village of Boalsburg. Spring Creek is Pennsylvania’s premier brown trout fishery with more wild fish per mile than any other stream in the state. Limestone feeder creeks--Cedar Run, Slab Cabin Run, Logan Branch, and Buffalo Run (wonderful wild trout streams in their own rights)--supplement cold, fertile, limestone water to Spring Creek's already trout-friendly flows. Spring’s most productive water flows north, for 20 miles, to its confluence with Bald Eagle Creek at the town of Milesburg. But populations of both wild and stocked trout thrive far below this point. Trout average 10-12 inches, but do not let these smaller fish fool you. Spring maintains a good trout population from 13-20 inches and larger! The entire stream, from its source to its mouth, is catch and release, ensuring that these fish will stay in the stream, ready to challenge your skills. Legendary anglers George Harvey, Joe Humphreys, and Charlie Meck have called this water home. Come armed with your best nymphs, dry flies, and streamers and see if your skills can match those of the Pennsylvania masters.

Nearest Airport:

State College Airport - SCE


Trico (18-22) Tan Caddis (16-18) Cahill (14) BWO (16-22) Midges (22-26)

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It's all good, no such thing as bad water on Spring Creek

Best Access:

Benner Springs, Fisherman's Paradise