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Hatches and Flies for Spring Creek, Pennsylvania
From 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
Little Winter stoneflies hatch during February and March. 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. It 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.
Chocolate Duns hatch during the month of May for about the entire month. March Browns will
also be found hatching in the fast water areas from the first of May throughout the month. By
the way, this is the same mayfly as the Gray Fox.
Eastern Pale Evening Duns, called Sulfurs by many start hatching by the middle of May and
continue on through mid June. Sulphurs start about the last week of May and last through
most of June. The Sulphur hatch is a good one on Spring Creek.
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. This is the most common caddis on Spring Creek. There are other
species of caddisflies but these are the most important ones.
LIght Cahills hatch during the month of June. You will find them mostly where there is faster
water. You will 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 is more than one species of these little mayflies. Tricos, or the little White
Winged Curses, hatch from about the first of July through September. They can be prolific.
Don't overlook midges. If you fish Spring Creek during the early or late season when the
water is cold, imitations of their larvae and pupae will produce for you. Sometimes the adult
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 of streamers.
Craneflies hatch in huge quantities at times. Imitations of their larvae work anytime. Starting
about the middle of June through September, imitations of terrestrial insects work on Spring
Creek. Imitations of grass hoppers, ants and beetles are popular terrestrial insects.
One of the main sources of food for the trout are scuds and sowbugs. The creek has a good
population of these crustaceans, especially in the areas spring water makes up most of the
flow. Make sure you have imitations of both.
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effective on this stream. They are by far the most realistic flies you can purchase. If you
haven't tried our Perfect Flies already, please do so. You will be very glad you did.
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