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Hatches and Flies for Elk Creek, Pennsylvania
Don't let the size of Elk Creek fool you. It has some very large aquatic insect hatches.
From near the end of March through the middle of May, hatches of different species of
Blue-winged Olives hatch. These hatch again from about the last week or two of August until
From about the last week of March through the first three weeks of April, you will find a few
Quill Gordon mayflies hatches in the fast water areas of the stream. At almost the same time,
hatches of Blue Quills will be coming off. The hatch can last until the first week or two of May.
The Hendrickson mayflies start about the second or third week of April and last about a month.
March Browns will also be found hatching in the fast water areas from the first of May
throughout the month. Eastern Pale Evening Duns, called Sulfurs by many, start hatching by
the middle of May and continue on through June. Sulphurs start about the first of June and
hatch through most of July.
Green Sedges hatch from the middle of April through the middle of June. The Green Sedge
larvae are called Green Rock Worms. Imitations of them will work year-round. Cinnamon
Sedges, net spinning caddis of several species will hatch from about the first of June through
August. There are other species of caddisflies but these are the most important ones.
From about the last week of May, through the first two or three weeks of June, Eastern Green
Drakes hatch. You will find a few LIght Cahills hatching during the month of June. You will also
find some hatches of Yellow Drakes during the month of July. Slate Drakes hatch from about
the first of August all the way through the month of October. Mahogany Duns, called Blue
Quills by many locals, hatch from about the middle of July through September. There's more
than one species of these little mayflies. Tricos, or the little White Winged Curses, hatch from
about the first of July through September.
Don't overlook midges, especially during the early or late season when the water is cold,
Streamers are very important flies on this creek because the large brown trout eat small
baitfish, sculpin and even small crayfish. Make sure you have a good selection.
Starting about the middle of June through September, imitations of terrestrial insects work on
Elk Creek. Imitations of grass hoppers, ants and beetles are popular flies.
One of the main parts of the diet of the trout are scuds and sowbugs. The creek has a good
population of these crustaceans. Make sure you have imitations of both.
We recommend our Perfect Flies for Elk Creek. They have been tested and proven effective
on this stream many times. Our imitations of the Green Drake nymph, dun and spinners are
the most realistic and effective flies you can purchase. If you haven't tried them already,
please do so. You will be very glad you did.
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