Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for Spruce Creek Pennsylvania
There are basically two approaches to use fishing Spruce Creek. One is to fish the hatches
as mentioned above. This also includes fishing the pre-hatch stages. By that I mean if a
certain mayfly is hatching, you should fish the nymphs in the areas the mayfly hatches
during the morning or up until the hatch starts and then change to an emerger or dun
pattern. You should also fish the spinner fall.
When nothing is hatching, the brown trout and especially the larger ones, stay hidden. To
catch them you are going to have to put your fly where they are likely hiding. Undercut
banks, under the heavy tree cover near the banks, under any deadfalls or other things in
the water that provide cover for the brown trout. Undercut banks, areas in the dark shaded
areas under the heavy tree cover near the banks, under any deadfalls or other things in
the water that provide cover for the brown trout. This is normally done using a nymph or
caddis larva imitation such as a Green Rock Worm. Streamers also work okay for this
provided you can get the fly where you need to get it without constantly hanging up.
Catching trout in Spruce Creek isn't always easy. You earn what you catch but they are
certainly not impossible to catch. It challenges your skills like any good trout stream should.
It takes good presentations, carefully planned strategies, and often a close match of your
fly to the most available insects, or those that are hatching at the time. Mistakes will cost
you. This isn't a stream you should expect to catch twenty or thirty trout a day on even
though that is very possible. Big brown trout have been called "wise", "smart" and many
other names they probably didn't rightly deserve in a technical sense. However, it is very
easy to understand how those names came about.
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