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Big Spring Creek -  December 22, 2007

Current Report
The stage at Big Spring Creek is 0.95 ft; the flow is 22 cfs.  The water in the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only (C&RFFO) section is crystal clear; the water temperature stays in the low- to mid-50s. 

One- and 2-year old stream-bred rainbows are present in good numbers throughout the special-regulation area.  A few stream-bred brook trout can be caught, too.  Brook trout seem to be concentrated in and just downstream of "The Ditch".  There are some larger rainbows scattered throughout the special-regulation area, but they usually stay out of sight.  Browns are becoming very, very rare.

Hatch Info

Midges hatch year around; trout feed on the adult and larval stages. 

Cress (sow) bugs, shrimp (scuds), and snails are important foods for the trout. Sculpins are also present in fairly large numbers. 




Recommended Fly Patterns
You can order these flies by calling 1-800-248-8937. 

Dry Flies:   #18 - #20 Adams. #20 BWO Parachute.  #18 Catskill-Style BWO.  #18 Thorax BWO.  #18 Aire-Flo Cut Wing Parachute BWO.  #20 Spun-Dun BWO.    

Emergers:  #18 Spotlight CDC BWO Emerger.  #18 Snowshoe CDC BWO Emerger.

Wet Flies:   #16 Pheasant-Tail Soft Hackle. #16 Gallagher Special.

Midges:   #20 ICSI (I Can See It!) Midge. #24 - #26 Griffith's Gnat. #22 - #24 Hi-Vis Parachute Olive Midge#22 - #24 Glass Bead Baetis#24 Olive Midge.

Nymphs:  #16 - #20 Pheasant-Tail Nymph (with or without beads). #16 Shenk's Cress Bug. #16 - #18 Olive Cress Bug#16- #18 Grey Cress Bug#16 Shenk's Shrimp #10 Herb's Zebra Shrimp

Streamers:   #8 Shenk's Sculpin. #8 olive & black, peacock & black Wooly Buggers, and all-black Wooly Buggers (with or without beads) #8 White Minnow

Special Report

Our shop is closing for the last time at 5:00 PM this afternoon; so, these are our last stream reports.  We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.  We hope to see you on our local streams. 

Tulpehocken Creek Outfitters is moving into our storefront; they should be open by March 1, 2008.

Tight Lines

Herb, Kathy, Bill, & Dusty