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Pennsylvania Trico Hatch: Spruce Creek Summer Update

Where & When to Fish the Pennsylvania Trico Hatch

While we enjoy what remains of the huge mayfly hatches this month, many of us anglers will be looking forward to the legendary Pennsylvania trico hatch that is to come. The Pennsylvania trico hatch begins in mid to late July and provides the most prolific source of dry fly action during the hot summer months, especially in central PA. Click here to fish Spruce Creek’s Trico Hatch this Summer.

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Big Fish & Small Dries

The two trout pictured above came to the surface for a tiny size 20 dry fly during a frenzied Pennsylvania Trico hatch. Spruce Creek hosts the most impressive Pennsylvania Trico hatches that I’ve seen, with thousands of fliesĀ forming huge swarms above the water. The swarm first forms high above the creek, and slowly progresses downward until the spinner falls litter the surface. The trout can’t resist the buffet, and the creek appears to boil because there are so many rises everywhere.

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A.M. Is Prime Time for the Pennsylvania Trico Hatch

Some mornings the tricos are early and fish begin to gorge themselves at 7am. On most mornings, however, you can find the fish beginning to rise around 9am. As I mentioned above, the hatch is thick – almost biblical – and usually lasts until 11:30am. This timeframe shifts to later in the day as the summer elapses, and the tricos seem to get smaller in September – but they’re still there.

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P.M. Dry Fly Action

After the Pennsylvania Trico hatch is over, you can still enjoy excellent dry fly fishing with terrestrials in the Summer months. Beatles are especially effective in July and August, as are black ants and hoppers. If you’d like to experience some of the best Trico hatch fishing in Pennsylvania, book our recently added dates on Spruce Creek: a Voyager Package trip on August 18 – 20 or August 23 – 25. Fill in the form below to inquire.


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