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Fly Fishing On Spruce Creek In
Spruce Creek is a wonderful little brown trout limestone
spring creek. The only problem it has is the very limited
access the public has to fish the stream. Most of the
creek is on property owned by clubs or private
individuals. Fly fishing Spruce in the public access areas
is usually very good though.
Most of the public access for the public is a section
owned by Penn State University. They use it for a study
of the brown trout. It is located above the little town of
Spruce Creek. It is about a half-mile long section of the
stream that is strictly "catch and release" with artificial
lures and flies only.
The stream is an excellent limestone spring creek with
cool water flowing through it year-round. There are
plenty of wild brown trout and some that are stocked by
the local clubs. It has very good aquatic insect hatches.
Fly fishing Spruce Creek can range from easy to difficult
depending on how well you can match its hatches.
Spruce Ceek is a tributary of the Little Juniata. State
highway #45 borders the stream fairly closely its entire
This stream is located in a very scenic valley in beautiful
Central Pennsylvania. It is a perfect little limestone
spring creek capable of growing large brown trout , with
numerous aquatic insects and great fishing. Its only
problem is the lack of access.
Unless you fish in the public section owned by Penn
State, you are going to pay to fish. Of the thirteen mile
long stream, this is the only public area you can fish. In
addition, there are currently three sections you can fish
for a fee.
When you are fishing Spruce Creek you know exactly
what your target species is because there are only one
species of trout in Spruce Creek - the brown trout. This
should help you in many ways because knowing the
habitats of the browns helps you pinpoint their location.
The larger brown trout tend to stay hidden during the
day and only come out to feed during low light
conditions such as rainy day when there is heavy cloud
cover. Early mornings and late afternoons and early
evening are always best. That is not to say that it is
impossible to catch a large brown during the middle of
the day on a dry fly, but the odds of doing so are not
very good for sure. By far the best time to catch the
trout during the day out in the sun so to speak is during
a hatch. The food causes the trout to lose a lot of their
Another good time to catch the larger brown trout is
during pre-spawn conditions. The brown trout become
more exposed during the day prior to building redds and
spawning. They also become far more aggressive. They
don't feed as such but rather don't let any intruders get
near their areas.
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4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
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For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
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Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
We do not condone fishing for spawning trout
but catching those not holding on redds is not
only fair play, it's often done accidentally. If
your fishing in areas during the legal season
when the trout are spawning, you don't have
much of a choice other than refusing to fish.
When you are fishing for wild trout, and the
brown trout in Spruce are all wild trout, one of
the most important things you can do is to
match the most plentiful and available food the
trout are focused on at the time. That can vary
the locations of feeding trout within the stream.
The water coming out of the spring on its
upper end stays a constant temperature but
of course changes the farther downstream it
You can fish the stream during the winter
and using midge imitations, usually catch
The best time for fly fishing Spruce Creek is
during the spring. It has a tremendous
number of hatches and the fishing can be
Fly Fishing Guide to Spruce Creek
Spruce Creek is a small, narrow spring creek
with heavy tree cover and bushes along its
banks. 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
This doesn't mean you need to "match the
hatch" anymore than you need to "match
what is going to hatch". Matching the insect
nymphs and larvae is just as important as
matching the adult insects - mayfly duns,
caddisfly, midge and stonefly adults. Using
Simi-realistic imitation of crustaceans,
sculpin and baitfish, such as our Perfect
Flies, will also prove to be an advantage.
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
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.
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Spruce Creek and in all stages of life that
are applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a much
higher degree of success, give us a call. We
not only will help you with selections, you will
learn why, after trying Perfect Flies, 92% of
the thousands of our customers will use
nothing else. 1-800-594-4726
This little limestone stream has a huge
aquatic insect population. When major
hatches occur, the brown trout almost feed
exclusively or selectively on the particular
insect that is hatching. That can be both
good and bad. If you match it correctly, you
can usually catch some nice brown trout. If
not, you can do a lot of casting and spook a
lot of trout.
During the winter, midges are about the only
game but imitations of them will catch fish
most any day of the winter. In the early
Spring, the Blue-winged Olives start hatching
around the first of April and last past the
middle of May. They will hatch a second time
starting in September and last until about the
middle of October. They are one of the most
important hatches on the stream due to the
length of time they hatch.
Other than the BWOs, the Blue Quills and
Hendricksons are the first of the mayflies to
hatch. They both start around the first of
April. Usually the Blue Quills are the first to
hatch. Both hatches last less than a month
depending where you are fishing the stream.
Just prior to the start of these mayfly hatches
you will find the Little Black Caddis or
American Grannom caddisflies hatching. The
hatch last less than a month. The Green
Sedges start about the same time but last
through the month of June. The Cinnamon
Caddis hatch for about two months starting
around the first of June. There are several
other minor caddisfly hatches that occur.
Slate Drakes and Sulphurs both start to
hatch about the first of May. The Slate
Drakes hatch is off and on for the next five
months or longer. The Sulphur is one of
the better hatches on Spruce Creek. It last
until about the middle of June.
The big Eastern Green Drakes will hatch
near the end of May and last about two to
three weeks. Light Cahills hatch starting
about the same time and continue for
approximately a month.
Tricos hatch starting around the first of July
and last through August. About the time
the hatch ends the White Flies start
hatching keeping some type of mayfly on
the water during the late summer and early
fall. The White Flies, called White Drakes
by some anglers, will hatch until about the
end of October.
The terrestrial season gets underway on
Spruce Creek about the middle of June.
Grasshopper and beetles are usually the
first insects you will notice but the ants get
large enough to get the trout's attention
not long after that. Another thing you don't
want to overlook is the little green inch
worms or moth larvae. They fall off the
trees lining the stream and are eaten by
the trout. Caneflies are another insect you
shouldn't ignore. They become important in
the late summer when few hatches are
The best procedure to use for selecting
flies is to look at our "Perfect Fly" Spruce
Creek Hatch Chart and select the flies you
need from it. Specific imitations of what is
hatching and/or most available are much
better than generic or attractor flies on
Spruce Creek. You may want to carry a few
streamer flies along. They are good when
the water gets a little off color from heavy
With the cool spring water and the canopy
of trees and bushes along the way, the
water stays fairly cool all summer long. It
can become low during low water years
when there is little snow and rain.
some of the larger brown trout move out of
the Little Juniata up into Spruce Creek to
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Headlines: The stream is flowing
a little above normal and in good
shape. We are still getting some
very good reports. There are still
plenty of hatches taking place and
terrestrials are working good as
well. The springs keep the water
temperatures down in good shape.
Keep track of the latest info by
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weekly updated fishing report.
10/18/15 Brown trout are in the pre-spawn and actual spawning stage and of course, very
territorial. Streamers like our Brown Sculpin will catch them off guard. Great Autumn Brown
Sedges are at the peak of their hatch and bringing some big trout to the surface to feed on
the female egg layers. There are lots of Blue-winged olives hatching. Stream levels are about
10/25/15 Good conditions except the stream levels are low and the water is clear. This
makes it tougher to stay hidden from the trout. Use longer and lighter leaders and tippets.
The brown trout are still in the pre-spawn stage and will take flies like our Brown Sculpin very
well. Blue-winged olives in two sizes are hatching, 20's and 16's.
11/01/15 The brown trout are in their actual spawning time slot and they are very aggressive.
The Brown Sculpin and White Belly sculpins will fool them at this time very well. Blue-winged
olives will be the main hatching insect but scuds will also work well. Good stream levels and
weather should provide an good week of fishing.
11/09/15 The weather is getting colder and that does have an effect on the sections of the
stream a good distance away from the springs. Brown trout are still spawning and some are
in the post spawn stage. They will take the Brown Sculpin fly very good. Hatches are getting
down to mostly species of Blue-winged olives and Midges.
11/15/15 The creek has been high and dingy recently from all the rain. It is falling fast and
near a normal level. We have been getting some very good reports of big brown trout being
caught. Conditions are looking very good for the coming week. Hatches are down to BWOs
and midges but don't forget the Brown Sculpin Streamer. It has been big fish fly lately. .
11/29/15 As mentioned in the report, Spruce Creek has a big population of brown trout and
some very big ones for a little stream. Most of them have spawned and many are in the post-
spawn stage feeding heavily. The Brown sculpin fly produced again for one of our regular
customers. Blue-winged olives and midges are still hatching as week.
12/06/15 Spruce Creek should be a very good destination for any fly angler this coming
week. There is great weather in the forecast, excellent stream levels and maybe even some
good hatches of Blue-winged olives. There are a bunch of hungry brown trout willing to take
your Brown Sculpin Streamer. We added Winter stoneflies to the list. They should start
hatching soon in the fast water sections.
12/13/15 Spruce Creek has been producing some large brown trout for those who have
worked at catching them. The Brown Sculpin Streamer fly has done most of the work on
them. Midges and BWOs are likely to hatch and Winter stoneflies are hatching in some
sections of the creek. The stream levels are fine and some rain is on the way tomorrow to
keep the levels up.
12/20/15 What a good time to catch a big brown trout. This coming week should be excellent.
There is a lot of rain in the forecast, so I wouldn't wait too long about fishing it. It could be fine
every day though. You will just have to keep a close check. Midges, scuds and BWOs are the
insects you need to imitate. The BWOs will probably hatch. As always, sculpin streamers are
a good choice.
12/27/15 Spruce Creek is just a little above normal levels right now but there is rain in the
forecast every day through Wednesday, so the levels are likely to increase. The cloud cover
should make the Brown Sculpin streamer a good fly choice. It has been catching big browns
for the past six weeks for our customers. Midges and BWO nymphs are also working. You
may give the winter stonefly nymph a try in the fast water sections.
01/03/16 The weather has returned to a more normal pattern as I'm sure you local know.
That means colder water temperature and that means you should avoid fishing the fast
current. Fish can't survive holding in fast current in very cold water. Midges and Winter
sttonefly nymphs should be the key flies to use. The sculpin streamers, like our White Belly,
work good under low light conditions.
01/10/16 Spruce Creek is running high at this time but should get back down to wadable
levels fast. The rain has ended and there is only some snow for a day or two. Midges and
winter stonefly nymphs are the best choice of flies to use. With the water high and the skies
cloudy, the White Belly sculpin is a good choice.
01/17/16 There is a little more snow left to go for the next three days. That shouldn't be
enough to bring the stream levels back up too high. Right now they are just a little above
normal. The White Belly sculpin has been a good fly when the skies were cloudy. Midges and
winter stoneflies are the other flies you should have.
01/24/16 The creek stream levels are about normal for this time of the year and very clear
and in good shape. The weather is looking about as good as it gets in January, with highs
above freezing most days. The spring water comes out of the ground at about 49 degrees at
the coldest and fishing is better near them. Midges, little BWO nymphs and Scuds are the
main flies you should be fishing.
01/31/16 There is some rain in the forecast the first of this week, but other than that,
conditions are excellent. The level is good right now and the water averaging about 40
degrees. Little BWOs, could hatch. Winter stoneflies are hatching. The Brown Sculpin
streamer should work great the first of the week with the cloud cover.
02/07/16 Spruce Creek is flowing above normal but falling fast. With only a couple days of
snow and no rain in the forecast, it will continue to fall and be in good shape to wade within
the next two or three days. Midges, mostly red but some cream, are the main insects to
imitate. There are some winter stoneflies hatching. The White Sculpin streamer is a godo fly
to use when the skies are cloudy.
02/14/16 The stream is back down to a normal level and clear. The weather is turning colder
and there snow forecast for three days, but that shouldn't affect the stream levels much.
Midges are the main insect to imitate, but little BWO nymphs, scuds, sowbugs, winter
stoneflies and sculpin are other foods worth imitating.
02/21/16 The stream is flowing high and slightly off color. There is more rain or rain/snow
forecast for the middle of this coming week but maybe it will be down and safe to wade by this
coming weekend. Midges, winter stoneflies, scuds, and sculpin are the foods you should be
02/27/16 The creek is high and very stained. It will take a couple days or more for it to clear
up. There is more rain a couple of days this coming week that will also affect it. Midges,
winter stoneflies, little Blue-winged olives, scuds and sculpin are the foods you need to be
03/06/16 Spruce is in very good shape. The stream levels are down to safe wading levels in
most places and the water clear. Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching. It won't be
long before many other aquatic insects begin to hatch. You can fish just about anywhere you
want to right now, but the canyon section is usually the best choice under these conditions.
03/13/16 The creek is in great shape. The levels are fine for wading but you should keep a
close watch on them. There is a chance of rain about everyday this coming week, although
none looks to be heavy. Midges and Blue-winged olives, sizes 20 and 18's are hatching very
good. Keep in mind, the Brown sculpin streamer works great for the big wild brown trout.
03/20/16 The stream levels are a little low and the creek can be waded just about anywhere.
Trout can be caught in the stocked sections as well as the wild trout sections including the
canyon. Midges and little Blue-winged olives are hatching. There is only a little chance of rain
this coming week, and conditions should remain good al week. The Brown sculpin streamer
will get you larger fish. .
04/01/16 Spruce Creek is a little low but that makes it easy to wade. Just make sure you stay
hidden from the trout and use a little more stealth. The water is getting warmer and we
should start seeing more hatches take place. Little Black Caddis will be one of those. There
is a little cold snap taking place this week, but otherwise, conditions are great.
04/10/16 Spruce is down and in good shape but there is some more rain on the way through
Tuesday. We don't think that will affect the level much. The water temperature is down,
slowing the hatch activity but it will warm back up fast. Midges and little BWOs are the insects
you should imitate right now. Scuds and Sculpin are the other foods plentiful for the trout to
eat right now. Major hatches will begin very soon.
04/17/16 This is the kind of conditions on Spruce Creek we all have been waiting for. The
stream levels are in good shape for wading. The water is clear and getting warmer. Lots of
Blue-winged olives are hatching along with Blue Quills, Little Black (Grannom) caddis and
soon to be, if not already, Hendricksons/Red Quills.
04/24/16 Now is a great time to be fly fishing Spruce Creek. It is as good as it gets, with large
numbers of several different aquatic insect hatches taking place and our customers catching
lots of trout, mostly on top. Dry fly fishing is great and should continue to be this coming
week. Stream levels are just a little low but providing easy wading.
05/01/16 The creek is a little low right now, but that won't be the case very long. There is a
lot of rain in the forecast this coming week. Our customers have been catching a lot of trout
recently and some big ones at that. Some of them are being taken on the dry fly. Scuds,
sculpin and sowbug imitations are working in addition to the aquatic insects that are currently
05/08/16 The creek is in great shape. The levels are just a little high but the water is clear.
The hatches are a few days ahead of schedule and there are a lot of them. We are getting
some good reports from our customers who are catching some nice size and good numbers
of trout. There is some rain coming this week, so watch the levels.
05/15/16 The stream levels are currently in good shape and you can wade most sections
with caution. There is some rain on the way, so watch the levels. They are not expecting any
heavy amounts. The weather is going to be a little cooler and may slow the surface actions
so fish nymphs until you see surface feeding and you will catch more trout.
05/22/16 Conditions are great right now and hopefully will reman that way. There is some
rain in the forecast. Being cloudy is generally a good thing. Higher water that has a slight
stain is also a good thing, so the chances of rain are not all that bad of a thing. Lost of
hatches are taking place. We received two good reports from the past week.
05/29/16 The creek is in great shape and anglers, many of which are our customers, are
catching some very nice trout. There are several different insects hatching. The stream
levels are good and the weather forecast looks like the coming week should be a good one.
Sulphurs and Eastern Pale Evening duns called Sulphurs are hatching. Slate Drakes have
started to hatch.
06/05/16 The creek is in as good of shape as it has been in a long time. Lots of trout, yes,
including browns, are being caught. The Sulphur hatch has been going good along with
others including a lot of caddisflies. Make sure you fish late to catch the spinner falls and we
hope you get the opportunity to fish it soon.
06/12/16 Spruce produced some big browns for one of our customers this past week. Fish
the Sculpin streamers early and late in the day. The Sulphur hatch is going strong with lots of
trout being taken on the dun, or dry fly. There are a lot of caddis hatching as well. Late
afternoon spinner falls and egg laying caddis is giving anglers a lot of opportunity to catch
several in a short time.
06/26/16 The stream level is down quite a bit and you will need to use caution to stay well
hidden from the trout. They will be easy to spook. Dress to conceal yourself with the
background. There are still a lot of hatches taking place, so I wouldn't pull out the terrestrial
insect imitations just yet. There are caddisflies laying eggs every afternoon late and that is
producing some good catches.
07/03/16 There are still a lot of hatches of insects taking place. The stream is low but that
should soon change. There is rain in the forecast most every day this coming week. The late
afternnoon egg laying caddisflies and little Yellow stoneflies is putting a lot of trout in the net
in a short time. One customer reported catching three large browns this past week, and tow
of them on the surface on Sulphur duns.
07/10/16 It is a tendency for anglers to go to terrestrials in favor of everything else far to
soon in the early summer. Remember, they only get in the water accidentally or washed in by
water or blown in by high wind. There are still lots of insects hatching on the creek and you
will keep the highest odds of success up by sticking with what is hatching and or laying eggs.
07/17/16 The creek is in good shape throughout. The stream levels are fine, wading mostly
easy anywhere and lots of insects still hatching. Keep in mind they vary greatly depending on
the section of water you are fishing but mostly, Little Yellow stones and Caddisflies. The
Sulphurs are getting to be sparse hatches.
07/23/16 The water is a little warmer and much cooler near the springs. Hatches are getting
sparse except for Tricos and caddisflies. There are still a few Little Yellow stoneflies hatching
in the fast water areas. Fish the egg laying caddis late in the day near dark. Early morning
streamer fishing, especially our Sculpin patterns, should produce some larger browns.
07/30/16 Spruce is in good shape and should get a little better with the rain that should come
soon. It was getting a little warm in places but remaining cool near the springs. We didn't
receive any reports this past week from anyone fishing. There are still some hatches taking
place and White Drakes should be starting soon. The caddis egg laying takes place late in
the day and is the best time to fish.
08/07/16 The creek is in good shape thanks to the many springs along the way and the
many overhanging trees that helps deep the water cool. The levels are back down a little low
but still okay. You do need to use stealth and stay hidden from the trout. There are still
hatches taking place and terrestrials are also working good.
08/14/16 It is still hot weather and we are recommending you fish early mornings with Sculpin
streamers. That has been producing some good catches for our customers. There are lots of
caddisflies and huge Trico hatches taking place. Terrestrials are really working good -
Carpenter ants, Japanese beetles and grass hoppers. Scuds are also working well. The last
two hours of daylight is also a good time to fish.
08/21/16 Thanks to the limestone spring water, the creek is cool throughout its length insects
are still hatching in good numbers. We received more reports of scuds working good. Tricos
and White Drakes are also hatching in addition to the others that have been around for a
while. Some very good brown trout have been caught early in the morning.
08/28/16 The creek is still in good shape, level wise. Remember, normal flows are low in
August, so you do need to stay hidden, dress the match the background and use slightly
longer, lighter leaders and tippets. Hatches consist mostly of three species of caddisflies and
Tricos. Fish the morning Trico spinner falls. Ants, beetles and hoppers are also catching
09/04/16 It will turn cool one of these days, meantime, Spruce Creek is one of the better trout
streams to fish at this time. The water stays cool from the many springs as well as
overhanging trees. Brown trout lie beneath the undercut banks waiting on food to drift by.
Fish streamers like our Brown sculpin in the early mornings. Fish the caddisfly egg laying
activity late in the day.
09/11/16 The stream is a little low for this time of the year but otherwise, in good shape. The
weather is going to be much cooler this coming week, and that will help big time. There are
beginning to be some good Blue-winged olive hatches and there are still plenty of caddisflies
hatching. Terrestrial continue to catch trout for our customers. Imitations of brown and green
hoppers, ants and beetles will work.
09/18/16 The creek is low but the water cool and the trout are active. The trick to catching
them is to stay hidden from them, but that's not exactly easy. Terrestrials are still working
good but some anglers tend to over do it fishing them. When hatches are taking place,
you're better off matching them than fishing terrestrials. We have added some new ones to
the fly list.
09/25/16 The creek is in very good shape. It is back down a little below normal but there is
more rain in the forecast and the levels should remain good. The weather is much cooler and
that is helping big time. The trout are active and it won't be long before they start looking for
spawning areas. There are lots of insects hatching and our customers are reporting good
catches on terrestrial imitations.
10/02/16 The creek is in very good shape in all respects. There are lots of insects hatching
for the first of October, including Mahogany duns, Blue-winged olives (larger baetis) and
October Caddis. Terrestrials like Japanese beetles and brown hoppers are also working
good. The brown trout are in the pre-spawn stage and aggressive.
10/09/16 The stream is low again but thanks to cooler water, there is no problem with
catching the trout as long as you can keep them from seeing you. The low, clear water
makes that difficult. The lower you stay, the less the fish can see you. It help to dress to
match the background. Longer, lighter leaders and tippets will help.
10/16/16 The stream levels is low but the water is cool and the fish are active and feeding.
You just have to stay low and hidden from them to catch them. Perfect flies in that regard.
The fish can see them well under the low, clear water conditions. Blue-winged olives are
hatching good along with some others. Sculpin streamers will catch those over aggressive
pre-spawn brown trout.
10/23/16 The creek is in very good shape. The recent rain helped and the stream levels are
just a little above normal. The weather is much cooler and the following week should be a
good one for fly fishing Spruce. There are some very good Blue-winged olive hatches along
with some other insects. Brown trout are pre-spawn to actually spawning some cases.
10/30/16 The creek is flowing at a normal level. Wading is easy in most sections of the
stream. Brown trout are spawning in some sections of the creek, so please don't wade trough
the redds. There are some big Blue-winged olive hatches taking place and trout can still be
taken on the dry fly during the hatches. Fish the BWO nymph in the mornings, duns in the
afternoon and BWO spinners late in the day.
11/06/16 Stream levels are a little low, but some anglers like it that way. It is much easier to
wade and get around. You just have to be very careful not to spook the trout. Stay low, blend
in with the background and make slightly loner presentations. Brown trout are mostly post-
spawn fish now, and they will take streamers like our Brown sculpin very well.
11/13/16 The water is low and you must stay hidden from the trout to catch them. Wading is
easy just about anywhere. Dress to match the background. Make longer presentations using
lighter leaders and tippets. Sculpin streamers are still catching some very big brown trout.
Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching good.
11/20/16 There is some rain and snow in the forecast this coming week, and maybe that will
help get the stream levels back up to normal. They are running rather low. The water
temperature is dropping but the springs help keep it within a decent range. Midges and Blue-
winged olives are hatching very good, especially with the extra cloud cover.
11/27/16 The creek is running a little low but that shouldn't be a problem beyond the next
day or two. There is a lot of rain and snow forecast for the coming week and that should
bring the levels up. Thanks to the spring water, the temperature is staying in the middle
forties. Sculpin streamers should catch the larger trout. Midges and Blue-winged olives are
the only insects hatching.
12/04/16 Spruce is still low but as I have been reporting, that makes it easy to get around in
the stream wading. You just have to be careful not to spook the trout. Midges and Blue-
winged olives continue to hatch good. Winter stoneflies should be starting to hatch. There is
rain or snow in the forecast everyday for the next week, so the levels are likely to come back
12/11/16 The creek is in decent shape but a little low. The water averages about 39 to 42
degrees depending on the section. It is warmest near the springs, of course. Midges, creams
and reds, are hatching along with some little Blue-winged olives and Winter stoneflies. Some
anglers call the Winter stoneflies, "snowflies". Fish the nymphs late in the day.
12/18/16 TThe creek is running a little high right now but falling fast. There is no rain the
coming week and only one day of snow, so it will be back down soon. The water should be a
little warmer within a day of two. Midges, Creams and Reds or blood midges, will be the main
insects hatching. There are also some Winter stoneflies. Fish the Winter stonefly nymph late
in the day near the banks.
12/25/16 The creek is running a little low right but in good shape otherwise. The coming
week is going to be a good one, with a little rain and warm weather. Midges will still be the
most important insects to imitate. The are some Winter stoneflies. Fish the Midge larva and
pupa imitations in tandem. Fish the Winter stonefly nymphs near the banks late in the day.
01/01/17 The creek is in very good conditions for the first of a new year. We didn't receive
any reports this past week, but those that fished it should have done good. The water
temperature varies from section to section, so seek out the warmest water. Fish cream or red
midge, pupa and larva in tandem. Late in the day, fish Winter stonefly nymphs near the
01/08/16 As I'm sure most of you know, the water is warmer nearer the springs. The
temperature varies with the location you fish. There are mega midge hatches taking place.
The soft bottom in many sections provides the perfect habitat of the burrowers like the Blood
midges, or red ones. There is some rain and warmer weather forecast and if the levels come
up, fish the Sculpin Streamer.
01/15/17 The weather and water is getting warmer as I'm sure most all locals know. There
are some good Blue-winged olive hatches taking place according to one customer. He
managed to catch some trout with one a good one. Midges, creams and reds, are still the
most plentiful insects. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem. The levels is still just a little low and
a little more water would help.
01/22/17 The stream is in good shape. We didn't get any reports from anyone fishing this
past week, but it should have been good. The warm weather is continuing and there are lots
of little Blue-winged olives hatching as well as Midges. The Reds (blood midges), Creams
and Light greens are hatching. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem. Fish the Brown sculpin
streamer when it is cloudy and raining.
01/29/17 The creek is in good shape with stream levels about normal levels but a little higher
in the lowest section. Midges, Creams, Reds (blood) and some light Greens are hatching.
Again, we recommend fishing the larva and pupa in tandem. There is some snow in the
forecast but clearing up after Wednesday. The water is a little cooler on the lower section but
still about 36 degree or higher.
02/05/17 There is a chance of rain or snow everyday this coming week, but that makes it
better for streamer fishing. Fish the Black or Olive Matuka sculpin when it is raining or
snowing, or heavy cloud cover. Fish midges, otherwise, with the larva and pupa imitations
rigged in tandem. You can do this under a strike indicator. The stream levels are just a little
02/12/17 The creek is in very good shape for the first part of February. The water levels are
in high and the water stained. One customer has been catching some nice browns on the
Black Matuka Sculpin. Fish it under low light conditions or in stained water. Midges are the
main insects to imitate. Reds, Creams and light Greens are hatching.
02/19/17 The coming week looks like a good one. There is some rain in the forecast with
much warmer springlike temperatures. Midges. Creams, Reds and some light Greens are
hatching. Little Blue-winged olives are hatching. We had a report that sowbugs were working
good. Fish sculpin streamers when it is cloudy or raining. Fish the midge larva and pupa in
02/26/17 The stream levels are in good shape and the water mostly clear. Streamers like the
Black or Olive Matuka sculpin are catching some large browns for our customers. Fish them
when there is low light conditions. Otherwise, fish midges, creams and reds, with the larva
and pupa rigged in tandem. There are some little Blue-winged olives hatching. Scuds and
sowbugs also work.
03/05/17 The stream levels are in good shape but there is more rain and snow coming this
week. We hope it will be just about the right amount. The weather and water is getting
warmer and we expect hatches to start early this year. Blue-winged olives are hatching good
now. Midges are still very important, so don't overlook the small flies. Streamers like the
Brown sculpin work good under low light conditions.
03/12/17 Spruce is in good shape from a stream level standpoint and the water is clear. It is
getting colder though. The highest temperature for the coming week, won't exceed the
freezing mark, so you can expect it to remain cold. There shouldn't be much ice
accumulations thanks to the springs. Fish Midges, Creams and Reds, with the larva and
pupa rigged in tandem.
03/19/17 Fish as near the springs as you can for the next day or two. It will be warming up
some this week. Midges, creams, reds and light greens, are hatching along with some little
Blue-winged olives. Sculpin streamers are always good flies to use on Spruce. Fish them
during low light conditions for the best results.
03/26/17 The stream level is a little below normal but there is some rain in the forecast for
the coming week, and that is likely to change. The water is getting warmer and it won't be
long before the spring hatches will begin to take place. Sculpin streamers have been
catching some large browns and is always a good option under low light conditions.
04/09/17 The creek is flowing at a good level and clear. There are lots of insects hatching
and our customers are catching trout in good numbers and sizes. Sculpin streamers are
working when it is cloudy or early and late in the day. Little Black Grannom Caddis and Blue-
winged olives are hatching. There is some rain in the forecast through this week, but clear
this coming weekend.
04/16/17 The stream levels are down to a little below normal making wading possible about
anywhere. The water is clear and lots of insects are hatching. We received a good report
from a customer fishing yesterday. Trout are being caught on the surface from a number of
good hatches that are taking place. Hendricksons/Red Quills should be starting anytime, if
04/23/17 The stream levels are currently flowing just a little below normal, making it easy to
wade. There are lots of aquatic insects hatching and our customers are reporting catching a
lot of trout. There is some rain in the forecast but nothing heavy and the cloud cover should
help even more. All sections of the stream are in good shape.
04/30/17 The creek is running just a little below normal levels making wading easy. There are
a lot of insects hatching. Multiple hatches can keep you frustrated. Slow down and try to
cover one stage of something going on. You can only fishing one hatch at a time. There is
rain in the forecast everyday for this coming week, so watch the levels.
05/07/17 The creek is high, too high to wade anywhere. It is falling and maybe it won't be
long getting back down to good levels. There are a lot of insects hatching and our customers
were catching a lot of trout until the high water begin to slow things down. Fish streamers like
the Brown sculpin when you fish when the levels are still high.
05/14/17 The stream is still too high to wade in some areas but okay in others. It is falling fast
and should be down low enough to wade about anywhere in another day or two. There is
almost no rain in the forecast for the next week. There are a lot of new hatches taking place
and more to come soon due to the warm weather ahead.
05/28/17 Conditions are currently good. The levels were high for a few days this past week,
but they are back down in good shape. There are a lot of insects hatching and anglers are
catching lots of trout. We had a customers send in a good report from yesterday. Conditions
should be good this coming week but there is some more rain on the way.
06/04/17 The creek is in good shape and the water clear. We keep getting good reports of
fish caught. There are a lot of insects hatching. Some are the big drakes. Many of the fish
are being taken on the surface. All sections of the creek are producing some good catches,
public and private. There is some rain in the forecast this coming week.
06/11/17 The creek is still in good shape but running a little above normal levels. Wading is
still possible in many areas of the stream. There are lots of aquatic insects hatching and trout
are being taken on the dry fly from the surface. Sculpin streamers fished in low light
conditions are producing some larger size brown trout.
06/18/17 The very good conditions continue. The stream levels are a little above normal
making it difficult to wade in some sections, but many are safe to wade with caution. There
are a lot of aquatic insects hatching and it won't be long before terrestrial insects will become
a factor. We keep receiving good reports from customers fishing.
06/25/17 Sulphurs are hatching very good. The cloud cover is helping and this coming week
should have mostly cloudy skies. The stream levels are running above normal and wading
isn't safe in some sections but okay in others. There are lots of caddis hatching as well as
the other insects. Don't overlook them. They can be just as important as any.
07/02/17 The stream levels are us and a little high, too high to wade some section but okay
in others. Terrestrial imitations are starting to work okay but there are still a lot of hatches
taking place. We don't recommend using terrestrials unless nothing is hatching but they do
work good on the stream. There is a lot of cover for them on the banks.
07/09/17 The creek is flowing near a normal level and our customers are still catching plenty
trout. There are some good hatches still taking place including Sulphurs, but terrestrials are
also catching trout. Use them only when there isn't anything hatching.
07/16/17 We didn't receive any reports from the past week, most likely because the stream
levels were high much of the time. The level is back down to just a little above normal. There
are still plenty of hatches taking place including Cinnamon Caddis, Green sedges, Little
Sister caddis, Light Cahills, some Sulphurs, and others. Terrestrials should also work.
07/23/17 The stream is rising from heavy rain that started recently. That will help the stream
stay in a healthy conditions during the hot weather. We continue to get good reports from
customers fishing. There are some good hatching going on. Slate Drakes and Tricos have
started to hatch. One customer reported a good catch using our Japanese Beetle and
07/30/17 The stream levels have been a little high this past week. We didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing, probably because of that. It is currently too high to wade safely
in most places. It it falling out fast and hopefully, will be in good shape very soon. There are
still plenty of hatching insects, so fishing the land based bug imitations too often.
08/06/17 The creek is in good shape with good stream levels and clear water. There is a lot
of rain in the forecast and the cloud cover will be a big help. A little stain doesn't hurt Spruce.
The heavy rain washes a lot of terrestrial insects in the water, especially ants and beetles.
Imitations work great when this occurs.
08/13/17 The creek is in good shape. The stream level is back down near normal and the
water clear. There are still plenty of hatches taking place. We had one good report from
yesterday, and sculpin streamers worked for them. The stream level was still falling.
Terrestrials are also working good. Carpenter ants and Japanese beetles get washed in the
water by heavy rain.
08/20/17 The creek is in good shape with good stream levels and easy wading conditions in
most places. There are still some hatches taking place including lots of Tricos and
caddisflies. Imitations of Hoppers, Carpenter ants and Japanese beetles are also working.
This coming week looks like it will be another good one. Few anglers are fishing.
08/27/17 It looks like an excellent week ahead. The weather should be cooling down some
with little rain in the forecast. The stream levels are about normal and in good shape. There
are still some good hatches occurring and terrestrials are also working very good. Japanese
Beetles have been catching some nice browns.
09/03/17 The stream is running a little below normal levels but that should change soon.
There is some rain in the forecast. We received some very good reports from customers
fishing this past week. Some were fishing a private section but one in a public section. There
are still some hatches taking place and hoppers, ants and beetles are also working very
09/10/17 The stream levels have been a little high but back down near normal and in good
shape. We didn't receive any reports last week, we assume due to to high levels but should
from those customers fishing today. There are still some good hatches and terrestrials are
also working good.
09/17/17 Stream levels are normal for mid-September. We received one good report from a
customer fishing this past week. There are lots of grass hoppers and crickets around the
stream but there's also some good hatches taking place. Conditions should remain good for
the coming week.
09/24/17 We did receive one good report this past week. The stream levels are getting a little
low but otherwise they are in good shape. The overhanging bushes and trees provide some
good shades for the big ones. It is time to be focusing on the big pre-spawn browns.
10/01/17 The stream levels are running a little low in most places but otherwise in very good
shape. There are lots of trout, including some big browns, being caught. There are some
new hatches taking place.
10/08/17 The creek is running very low but on the way up. There is a lot of rain in the
forecast this coming week, and this will be changing fast. We received two good reports from
customers fishing the creek this past week. They used terrestrials. The warm weather is keep
hoppers, ants and beetles around the stream.
10/15/17 The summer-like weather will be ending today. Rain ends today for the next several
days as well. We received more good reports of fish caught by customers tis past week. Most
of the large browns were caught on our Matuka Sculpin streamers. There are some good
BWO hatches taking place as well.
10/22/17 More good reports came in this past week. The stream is a little low and stealth
must be used. There is rain in the forecast Tuesday and Wednesday, so it will be back up
soon. Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching good.
10/29/17 Stream levels are high, too high to wade safely. There is more rain in the forecast
for this coming week, and we are not sure how long it is going to take for the stream levels to
get back into good shape. Good hatches of BWOs were taking place and some large brown
trout were being caught on our Sculpin streamer patterns before the rain.
11/07/17 Stream levels have been high lately and we didn't receive any reports from anyone
fishing this past week. They are still a little above normal but okay to fish provided you watch
your step. There are good hatches of Blue-winged olives and Cream and Red or blood
midges. The forecast looks good for the coming week.
11/14/17 The stream levels are in a good range and the water clear. There are good
hatches of Blue-winged olives and Cream and Red midges. Sculpin streamers were catching
the larger trout. This coming week should be a good one. There is some rain in the forecast.
11/21/17 The creek is running just a little above normal levels. We received one good report
from a customer this past week. He caught two large browns on the Brown Sculpin streamers
but most fish on the Cream midge larva/pupa tandem rig. This coming week looks good with
only a little rain and snow.
12/05/17 Conditions are good. The low water levels are up the way up from rain and it should
end up a little above normal by tonight. Midges, blood midges (red) and creams are hatching
good along with some very good Blue-winged olive hatches. Sculpin streamers should still
catch the large ones.
12/12/17 Scuds are starting to catch a lot of trout. Midges, creams and reds are hatching
along with some Blue-winged olives. There is a lot of snow forecast. Don't let that bother you.
It doesn't bother the trout.
12/19/17 The weather is going to be a little warmer this coming week, and blue-winged olives
should hatch good with the cloud cover. Midges are also working good along with scuds. Fish
the midge larva and pupa rigged in tandem for the best results.
12/26/17 The creek is in good shape in all respects. The very cold weather has little effect
on the stream anywhere near the springs that feed it. Midges, creams and reds, continue to
hatch good. Fish the larva and pupa imitations rigged in tandem.
01/02/18 Fish as near springs as you can. The water will be a little warmer. Stream levels are
fine and Midges are hatching good. Fish the Cream or blood midge (red) with the larva and
pupa rigged in tandem for the best results. Scuds and Aquatic worms will also catch trout.
01/09/18 This week will be completely different thanks to the much warmer weather. It won't
have that much effect with regards to the trout feeding as it does the anglers fishing. Don't
make the mistake of fishing like it is April or May just because you feel warm.
01/23/18 Fish the adult midge imitations only when you see trout feeding on the surface. Fish
the larva and pupa tandem rig anytime. Stream levels are a little above normal but still easy
and safe to wade many places. Scuds and damselfly nymphs are working. There are lots of
cream and red midges hatching.
01/30/18 The stream is in good shape with hatches of midges, creams and reds or blood
midges, and Winter stoneflies. Aquatic worms and damselfly nymphs are also working. Scuds
will work as well.
02/06/18 Stream levels and other conditions remain very good. We don't have any reports
from anglers fishing it during the past few days, but they should be. The water is still in the
high thirties in post sections and there are little BWOs and lots of midges hatching.
02/13/18 The stream levels are very high but falling. There is more rain and snow in the
forecast everyday this coming week, so be sure and check the levels before traveling far to
02/20/18 The creek is running high, too high to wade anywhere. There are very few places it
can be fished from the bank so I suggest you watch the levels and fish when it drops back
02/26/18 The creek is still very high, too high to fish at this time. It is falling and the weather
forecast is much better, so it shouldn't be long before conditions improve.
03/06/18 The creek is in good shape, falling and clear. It needs to drop some more to get
down to good wading levels. Midges and little Blue-winged olives are hatching, Sculpin
streamers catch he larger browns in this creek.
03/13/18 Stream levels are back down to near normal levels. We didn't receive any reports
from anyone fishing this past week, but conditions should be good for the week ahead.
03/20/18 The creek is getting a little low and very clear. There is a lot of snow coming the
next two days and that will probably add some color to the water. Midges, creams and light
greens, are still the most important insects to imitate.
03/27/18 The river is about a normal level and rising some. There is rain in the forecast for
the next four days, then clearing. The water is getting much warmer thanks to the warm rain.
New hatches should start taking place anytime now. Blue-winged olives are hatching good
04/03/18 The creek is flowing at a normal level and rising some. There is some rain and
snow in the forecast the next few days. Hatches of Blue-winged olives and midges are going
good. There's a few Blue Quills and little Black Apple caddis showing up. The water is getting
warmer and the trout more active.
04/09/18 The water is much warmer and new hatches are starting and some underway now.
Stream levels are near normal and conditions very good. This coming week should be a very
04/18/18 The creek was getting in great shape until the recent rain and upcoming cold
weather. Hatches were starting to take place but are slowing down due to the inclement
weather and lower water temperatures. The levels are too high to wade safely but should
begin to fall out rather fast.
04/25/18 Conditions are very good. The stream levels are down and in good shape with clear
water. Hatches are going strong and dry fly fishing has been good. This coming week should
be a good one. Hendricksons and Red Quills should be going good anytime now.
05/02/18 Conditions couldn't be better. Stream levels are normal and the water clear. There
are multiple hatches taking place. All sections of the creek are in good shape and trout are
being caught in good numbers. There is some rain in the forecast this coming week. The
cloud cover should make it even better.
05/09/18 The creek is in good shape and good numbers of trout are being caught. There are
good hatches of BWOs, Eastern Pale Evening duns, Little Black caddis, Little Green Sedges,
and Hendrickson/Red Quills. This coming week should be a good one with good cloud cover.
The stream levels are in good shape at this time.
05/16/18 The creek is in good shape. It is a little high and stained in some areas. There are
multiple hatches occurring. There is rain in the forecast everyday for the coming week. Good
numbers and sizes of trout are being caught in all sections of the creek.
05/23/18 Stream levels are high and the water stained some. It still can be fished but wading
will be limited and only then if caution is used. There are lots of hatches taking place and
there have been some good catches reported. The water should fall for the next few days.
05/30/18 Stream levels are still a little high but trout are being caught. There are some good
hatches taking place. The creek has a little stain in it in places. There is rain forecast
everyday this coming week and while the cloud cover is a big help, the stained water usually
isn't. Use sculpin streamers where it is stained.
06/04/18 Spruce Creek is in very good condition, with good stream levels and clear water.
Cloud cover during most of the coming week should make it even better. There are several
insects hatching. Some want to fish terrestrials but I wouldn't until the bug hatches cease.
06/11/18 The stream levels e okay and the water mostly clear. We received two good reports
from the past three days. There are lots of Sulphurs, and many other insects hatching.
Terrestrials are also working. This coming week should be as good or better.
06/29/18 The weather is going to be hot but thanks to the springs, the creek water will stay
cool and the trout hungry. There are still a lot of hatching insects. This coming week should
be a good one. Terrestrials will also work but we don't recommend fishing them when
07/10/18 The creek is still turning out some nice trout. The weather is going to cool down a
little this coming week and make it a little more comfortable for the anglers. The fish are just
fine in the cool, spring fed water.