Since 1989, the philosophy of The Feathered Hook has been simple: to help every person who comes to fly fish central Pennsylvania's streams to achieve their goals, catch more fish, and enjoy themselves all the more. We specialize in wild trout that are stream bred and raised. Our guiding includes both public and private water experiences. The Feathered Hook is centrally located to fly fish brown trout and brookies on the world-class limestone streams of Pennsylvania, including Penns Creek, Elk Creek, Pine Creek, Big Fishing Creek, and Spring Creek.
Located in the heart of Northern Amish country on the banks of Penns Creek, The Feathered Hook is a fly fisher's inn. We provide a tying area, fly fishing literature to read and an attached shop to meet your fly and tackle needs. Most importantly, we provide an atmosphere that will allow you to relax, enjoy yourself and forget about the rest of the world.
In the tiny Appalachian town of Coburn, Pennsylvania, life occurs at a different pace. Take your time and take it easy: the only rush should be to get to the stream. Look forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.
It is hard to believe we are 3/4 of the way through the year. September is almost here. No complaints on our end.
Comparing flows to last year, we are way ahead of where we were. Water temps are stable and relatively cool. The trout look much healthier then a year ago.
Day time temps have not been pushing 90. Night time temps have been reaching mid 50s. Doesn’t quite feel like August but we’ll take it!
The Isonychia is one of two Mayflies in our stream that is an undulating swimmer, meaning it has the ability to swim upstream.
They crawl up on the rocks and emerge from their shucks to continue their bugly duty.
Along with Slate Drakes you can also expect to see BWOs, Blue Quills, Craneflys, Cahills, Yellow Sally’s, and Tricos (in the right location) while on Penns Creek.
The fly shop continues to be open 7 days a week from 9AM-5PM.
For the latest conditions, to book a room or guide, please call the shop at 814-349-8757.
See you in Coburn
8/10/17…..A great water year!
The creeks are all in great shape this year because of all the rain! It is so wonderful after last years super low water!
The hatches have been good with Slate Drakes and Light Cahills and Blue Quills and Caddis and Terrestrials. The fish have been more than willing to play along.
If you would like the most up to date info….please call the shop at 814-349-8757. Thank you!!
Maybe we will see you soon…..
7/4/17….Summertime and the living’s easy
By: Matt Kowalchuk
Sublime totally nailed it. Summertime and the living’s easy. We are officially into summer. More days then not the weather sure feels like it.
Penns Creek is running around the Median Daily Statistic aka average flow for this time of year, meaning the water is in pretty good shape.
Many folks have been calling and asking about water temps. We advise carrying a thermometer with you while you fish as the temperature varies daily.
The super sunny and hot days without a doubt heat up the water. It is important to keep in mind every night as the sun sets and the air temperature drops the water temps drops also.
When the water is over 72 degrees it is a good idea to leave the trout alone. The water is coming out of Penns Cave at 52 degrees so to stay on the safe side try fishing closer to Coburn.
The water tends to warm up more around Poe Paddy and as it flows down stream.
Mornings have been consistently good for the trout fishing. You can’t really be out to early.
The saying, “the early bird gets the worm” holds very true as the summer progresses. Nymphs and Streamers are key from first light.
The summertime blue quill is hot and heavy. The cooler the days the later the spinner fall, the hotter the earlier.
ISO’s, Cahills, Craneflies, little black and little tan Caddis, BWOS and Yellow Drakes are hatching and bringing fish to the surface.
Terrestrial time is upon us: hoppers, beetles, ants, sunken ants, and greenies are some super reliable day-time flies.
We are continuing to send out Guided Trips with our Guides and Anglers finding great success.
If you didn’t make it up this Spring, summer has plenty to offer.
Let our Guides help make it a little easier if your not sure about the summer bite.
Remember The Feathered Hook Guide Guarantee: If you don’t catch a fish, your next trip is free!
1/2 day (night) Mousing Trips are available. We’re talking Trophy hunting. Come trout hunt with our guides for Central Pennsylvania Brown Trout on the surface. It’s a blast!
WARM WATER ESCAPADES
Summer means different things to different people but to us it means Smallmouth Bass!
Lower Penns has a great smallie population and the fishing is really heating up, no pun intended.
We’ve been catching them underneath and on top. It’s sure hard to beat smallmouth on topwater!
Stop in the shop and we can recommend some patterns and places to go.
Single person Smallmouth float trips are also available.
Take advantage with one on one instruction as our guides put you on some lunker smallies!
You never know what might eat your fly!
We hope you have a great 4th of July.
Stay cool, keep em’ wet and we’ll see you in Coburn.
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6/10/17….And the hits just keep on coming!
The water is great. The weather is beautiful. The hatches are wonderful. The fishing is real good!
Treat yourself to a guided day and find out how good it can be!
Father’s Day is coming soon…..Feathered Hook gift certificate?…..Genius!
Great work Fred… really learning the system…..
6/7/17….Still all good here!
6/5/17….Best Blue Wing Olive hatch of my career!
Yesterday was a perfect day for the Big Blue Wing Olives! Like something right out of a Charlie Meck book! There were SO many bugs hatching and fish were all over them! Amazing! The hatches are overlapping like I have never seen! And the water is perfect !
Big and little Blue Wing Olives
3 different Caddis
2 different Sulphurs
Adult Stone flies
And I am sure I’m missing something…….
It is INSANE!
Nice work Lowell! Great pics
6/4/17…..A banner day!
Drizzly overcast day today. Some shower that trapped the Blue Wing Olives on the water and all the other bugs too! The creeks wanted the rain and it is coming in nice and slow. Shouldn’t blow up the creeks at this rate.
There are SO many different bugs hatching right now! The Drakes and Coffin flys are gone for another year but the late Spring hatches have all started early!
The reason we fish Stone fly nymphs so much! 3 1/2 inches long!
6/3/17….So many different Hatches!
Unbelievable mix of hatches going on! The rise happened late last night because of the sunny weather. The Green Drakes are starting to wind down for the year but the late Spring hatches are in full Swing!
Just a few of the fish from yesterday with Aston! Great job Fran and Joe!
6/2/17….Every hatch at once!
Yesterday was crazy with bugs! The Big Blue Wing Olives started and the Slate Drakes are really getting going and light Cahills are happening to join with the other massive variety of bugs that were already hatching! Bug Soup!
The water is perfect and the weather is beautiful.
6/1/17…..Coffin Flies abound!
The creek has returned to Wonderful condition! We can see all the way to the bottom from the bridge this morning. Fish are rising and bugs are flying! It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..
Blue Wing Olives
Giant Stone Flies