Pennsylvania Fly Fishing July 2016

Terrestrials, Parachute Adams, and Early Morning Carnivores (TYSO!)


Trout Haven has wrapped up another fantastic weekend trip to Spruce Creek. The water levels are in their usual summer status, and the trout are looking up to the surface. Terrestrials become an important part the trout’s diet as ants, beetles, and other critters stumble into the creek.



Despite the clear water conditions, there is still streamer fishing to be had for those who start before sunrise. The big browns feed at night, and they are still in feeding mode up until about 30 minutes after sunrise. Below is a beautiful 21″ brown, and a 20″ brown, both caught around 5:00am on a big articulated streamer (Tanaka Your Socks Off by Wish4Fish).



Sometimes the old staple fly patterns prove exactly why they are staples. While black ants did well, my guys also caught several 20″ fish on parachute adams, size 14 and 16. They were so effective that our dry-dropper rigs quickly became dry-dry rigs, with an “indicator” adams followed by a tiny black ant. What a deadly combination!

I expect the excellent dry fly fishing to continue through July. The ants are plentiful and we are seeing a few different hatches throughout the day (BWO, Blue Quills, Caddis, Slate Drakes…). Visit our Spruce Creek webpage and sign up for your Spruce Creek trip today!