Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Area Fishing Report

Mid April already, and things are in full gear around here right now. Water temps are still lower than normal and flows are up and looking good. Nothing really in the way of hatches. Olives are on Spring Creek, some little black stones on Penns, and a smattering of little caddis and midges in all area waters. It's been a late start bug wise and we look for everything to explode within the week. Grannoms are on the way, along with Hendricksons, Blue Quills, and Gordons. It will happen soon. How soon is the question? Nymphing has been good as always, and streamer fishing has been lights out on the right day. The streams are up and colored so big patterns are working. Those days that offer overcast skies and a low barometer have been great for ripping streamers.

Bass fishing is hit or miss right now. Conventional tackle and tube jigs have been working, as fish still seem to be stacked in the eddies. The big rivers have been pretty high and dirty over the last few weeks, but from what we have seen there are plenty of big bronzebacks this year. We don't want to wish the spring hatch season away, but it seems all we talk about is smallmouth. Remember, the lower portions of both the Susky and Juniata are closed to bass fishing on May 1.

Guide trips have started and will continue to roll through the latter part of April and into May. We have a pretty busy schedule for the month of May and dates are limited. June can offer some incredible fishing as well, and we are taking bookings for the summer smallmouth season. Speaking of smallmouth, we had the pleasure of helping out with TCO Fly Shops Spring Ice Breaker event. Great time and thanks to TCO for asking us to be there. Mike Schultz of Schultz Outfitters put on an incredible tying demo and we picked up some great patterns at the event.

Also, if you are into smallmouth be watching Jake Villwock's  blog. He guides the Schuylkill River in southeast PA for smallies and he has a great line up of floats on that river. He also posts some killer patterns on the blog. Check it out at-

Spring is here!


Neimo with a nice Penns Creek brown
Smallies are waking up!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring has Sprung

It's here! Finally!!!! I think we can safely say that we have entered the spring season. Rivers are up and looking good. Fish are on the feed and even the smallmouth are starting to put on the pre-spawn feed bag. Things are good. Not much action here on the blog lately. Forgive us, we are busy and about to get much more busy as the weather turns, and fishing heats up. Be sure to check out our facebook page for more info and pics of everything central PA. Everything smallmouth and warm water this weekend at TCO Fly Shop. Mike Shultz of Shultz Outfitters, Jake Villwock, and UnderCurrent Outfitters will be presenting at the Reading shop on Saturday April 5, and State College Sunday April 6. Come on out and chat about the baddest and best freshwater game fish around.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tying with Biots

Spent the last few days tying dries for the spring hatch season. I love the look of biot, body dries. Clean, elegant, and easy to tie, they are really hard to beat. I had to look back at one of Jim Spade's videos before I got started. Jim put this tutorial together last winter and it deserves another look. Great info in this little clip. Spring is on the way!..................Sometime

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mid-Winter Report

It's not going to take very long to report on the central PA fishing. We are in the midst of the nastiest, coldest, and snowiest winter we have had in over 20 years. Frigid temps., wind, and consistent snow have plagued us now for the last 2 months. We have had brief moments to fish. Little, and I do mean little, windows of opportunity have allowed us to wet (freeze) a line every now and then. Penns Creek is froze, the Main J is locked up, the Susky is like the arctic ocean, and most small streams have been under a blanket of ice as well. Spring Creek, and the CV spring creeks are really the only game in town right now. Word on the street is that the Little J is also open and fishing well on the warmer days. LB and I fished Penns this past weekend. It was hard to find any open water to fish. We managed a few on stone nymphs and left early, figuring we had proved some kind of point. But, it's not all doom and gloom! No, not at all!
I think this harsh winter and consistent snow fall bodes well for spring fishing. The water table should look good this spring and the fish have definitely had a nice break this winter. Flies are piling up on the tying table ready for our trips this spring. Leaders are being built, reels cleaned, and boats waxed. We are ready for the early spring season. March is our personal favorite time to chase trout on the local limestoners and it will be here soon! If you are thinking of booking a trip with UnderCurrent Outfitters this spring get ahold of us soon. Early season dates are pretty open and we encourage folks to take advantage of the best season. May is filling up fast and it will be a crazy month for our crew. Also, bass season is not far behind the craziness of the spring hatch season, so now might be the time to think about a summer float on the Juniata River. As always feel free to email or call about trips or information on fishing our region. Trips can be booked either through UnderCurrent or TCO State College Fly Shop. Looking forward to Spring!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year.........New Union

Exciting things happening with UnderCurrent Outfitters for 2014! Thanks to Jim Spade for the great video work!
Breaking the standard in 2014, TCO State College Fly Shop is teaming up with PA UnderCurrent Outfitters to offer one of the most comprehensive guide services to ever hit the waters of central Pennsylvania.  Along with our traditional half day and full day trips on the legendary limestone streams of the region, we will be unveiling a whole new lineup of trip options for 2014.  Wild trout, smallmouth bass, walk and wade, drift boat trips, multi day excursions - we have that.  Great gear, killer flies, and local guides with the insider knowledge of the waters of central PA - we have that, too!  The only thing missing is you!  Call today to book your trip in central PA, the East’s premiere fly fishing destination.
UnderCurrent Outfitters                                                           TCO State College                                             
717-994-5327                                                                              814-689-3654