Penns Creek in spring
The spring green drake hatch on Penns Creek
offers some of the best fly fishing in
Central Pennsylvania.

A Fly Shop and Flyfishing Bed & Breakfast

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.


Latest Updates

4/30/16….And then all hell broke loose!

With the low water and early Spring…..things have exploded!!

Hatches:  March Browns and sulphurs and blue quills and blue wing olives and crane flies and little tan caddis and the beginning of the Slate drakes and………unreal!

It has been one of the best fish catching Springs of my career!

Hope you can get here soon!
Nice job Tin Cup!


Posted April 30, 2016 in Friends of the Hook, General, New in the Shop, Stream Update


4/21/16.  Awesome reels!  Tibor…built to take it!

Here are some reels we just got in for a friend of ours!  Gorgeous!

Thanks Tibor! 

Posted April 21, 2016 in New in the Shop


4/21/16…..good fishing….low water

The hatches been amazing this year so far!  The water is low and it is very easy to get around right now. They are calling for rain in the next few days and that would be great. 
The Grannoms are just past their peak and the hendricksons and quill Gordons are winding down, but we saw the first March browns last night and I think everything is just going to run together this year. I expect the sulphurs to start any day now on Spring creek and with in a week on Penns. 

Mitch found these stone flies this week. One molted and one regular…..thanks bud!


Posted April 21, 2016 in General, New in the Shop, Stream Update, upcoming


4/17/16……Lookin’ Good!

No major changes to report. The streams are low and clear and the bugs are going insane!!
Hey….is that a Grannom?!


Posted April 18, 2016 in Friends of the Hook, General, New in the Shop, Stream Update



Today was the real beginning of one of the true ear marks of Spring…..the beginning of the Grannom caddis in Coburn!!  Our first Super Hatch of the year!  
The dry fly fishing was great yesterday with the blue wing olives and hendricksons in the afternoon. Awesome thing to be a part of!
The creeks are low and clear for this time of year and that is making the wading much easier than normal. 
See you soon!
This is what it looks like in one of our tier kitchens!  Blenders are for dubbing!


Posted April 12, 2016 in Friends of the Hook, General, New in the Shop, Stream Update


4/11/16…..What’s up weather?!

We are having a fantastic fishing year!  Hope you can come up and experience it!

The creeks are all in great shape….low for this time of year….but perfect for fishing!

HATCHES:  Blue Wing Olives, small tan caddis, Hendricksons, quill Gordons, blue quills, crane flies and midges. We have had rising fish almost every day, even in the colder weather. The nymphing has been bonkers!

We are waiting on the arrival of the Grannom Caddis any day now…..!
I would like to take a minute to thank Mitch, Matt and Aston for all their help!  If you ever want to experience what Central PA has to off with an true expert…..these guides are INCREDIBLE!!

Don’t believe me?…..if you get skunked…..we will take you again for FREE!!
Here’s David….went out with Mitch and caught a pile of fish with a bamboo rod created by LJ Downes that he was trying out…..great job guys!

Posted April 11, 2016 in Antique Tackle, Bamboo Inventory, Bamboo Makers, Friends of the Hook, General, Guides, New Bamboo: Cane and Rod Makers, New in the Shop, Stream Update



Hello all and hope you are well!
The extravaganza is tomorrow, Saturday, from 9-5 with the whole store on sale and many items on clearance!  Hope you can make it!
Hatches and fishing report:

The water is low and clear, especially for this time of year. 

Hendricksons and quill Gordons and blue wing olives and small black caddis and midges and crane flies are all hatching and the fish were rising well today at the bridge in town. 
The King!


Posted April 2, 2016 in Friends of the Hook, General, Stream Update, upcoming


3/28/16….So much going on!

1.  The annual extravaganza is this Saturday from 9-5!  Come on by for a store wide sale!!
2. Water is in great shape!  The early Spring has come and blessed us!
3.  Quill Gordons and Hendricksons and blue wing olives are all raising fish!  Get here if you can….the next few days look great!
 At The Feathered Hook….we grow are customers from scratch! 

Posted March 29, 2016 in Friends of the Hook, General, New in the Shop, Stream Update, upcoming


3/22/16….fish catching, snow flurries, and heartbrake 

     We took a step back this weekend in regards to weather but the fishing just keeps getting better. “I’m having a better time right now than I do in May, “Josh said over coffee this morning in the shop, “that sucker spawn is a killer”. “You don’t say” I replied with a heavy dose of sarcasm as we both chuckled. 

Josh with a beaut


Penns Creek fishing is premium right now folks. The fish are actively feeding, replacing that winter weight loss and looking chunky. The suckers are spawning and the trout can’t resist to pass up a free meal floating by. Trout are aggressively eating suckerspawn. It is not uncommon to see one shoot two or three feet to eat a suckerspawn. I like to fish mine behind a big stonefly on a drop shot rig. Aston likes to tightline his his behind a frenchie.

   After we closed the shop Sunday afternoon Aston and I ventured out for a little Sunday Funday. It was a chilly gray day, I think the high was 41 degrees. We got in the water at 2 o’clock and were the only ones around to witness a strong Blue Winged Olive hatch. I headed out to work some slower water with boulders as Aston moved upstream to work the riffle water. Within about 10 minutes Aston had four fish to hand and I was standing downstream with my rig in a birds nest. It happen to the best of us, so I re-rigged and proceeded to fish my way up. By the time I reached Aston he had two more to hand. “Suckerspawn or Frenchie”, I asked as I walked around him to move up stream. “Half and half” he replied.  

     I began to work a shallow riffle just off the bank and hooked a brown that gave me the old LDR. Aston continued by and up to a series of small boulders creating pockets and seams, premium fish holding water if you will. Within three casts he was hooked up and calmly shouted for me 40 yards downstream. I looked up as his 11ft rod doubled over. I quickly reeled in my rig as I hastily maneuvered my way up stream…I forgot to mention we were only fishing with one net. 

 Once I closed the gap I quickly tossed my rod on the bank and bee lined to Aston. The fish wasn’t making any moves but rather sitting behind a rock shaking his head back and forth. “How big” I questioned as I slowed my approach from below. “Solid 18” Aston replied as he endured the headshakes. I watched as the rod tip absorbed the head thrashing in an attempt to spit the fly. As the fish seemed to calm and Aston thought to work the fish to net, the line went limp and the fly flew back, as we looked at each other in disbelief…. 

     I turned back toward my rod as Aston continued to fish. As I reached the bank and reached for my rod I turned to see Aston hooked up yet again. His rod just as doubled over as a minute before. I turned and headed back for him as I asked if he thought it was the same fish. Before he could answer, I saw one trout somersault and a stick of gold shoot in the opposite direction. The kid had himself a double. “Swing em down to me” I hollered, not wanting to lose these fish…I need website content after all! I scooped and scored, as we landed Aston’s first double on Penns Creek (a feat I have yet to accomplish). Pictures were snapped, the fish were released, and we continued to fish.   

     We had a fun filled three and a half hours of fish catching, snow flurries and heartbreak. It was one of those days where it seemed like most of the fish in the stream were looking for a meal.  

     Josh was out last night on Penns Creek and watched an angler land a number of fish of dry flies through the late afternoon. Olives were abundant and should continue to be as we continue to see increasing bug activity. The weather forecast is showing warmer days again which should make for pleasant fishing conditions the rest of the week. 

   A friendly reminder our SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA is Saturday April 2. Everything is on sale and major discounts on select items. 
Hope to see you soon.

Posted March 22, 2016 in General


3/20/16…”there’s a hatch on somewhere”

Got out of the shop yesterday and spent the afternoon on the water with our friend Steve Larson. As we hopped out of the truck and started rigging up I quickly noticed a couple caddis dancing up and down about 15 yards away near the bank. “that’s not a bad sign” I thought to myself as I pointed out the fluttering caddis to Steve. 

 We continued our process of rigging up and put in a walk downstream to break off some water for the afternoon. As we eased into our first location we spotted blue wing olives..a decent hatch of them. There were not many fish working the surface(that we saw). So we decided to stick to out plan and bounce our nymphs off the bottom.  

It didn’t take long to pick up our first fish. And that’s how it seemed to continue..Steve had the Mojo! 

The “fish of the day” goes to the little brownie aggressively rising to olives in pocket water..we spotted him pop 4 times to the surface, before we slid down to nymph to him. You would have thought Steve’s nymph was covered with gink, aquel, frogs fanny, and dry shake.. Steves first good cast in the slot brought the fish to the surface to meet his fly as it broke the surface. We both squeeled like school girls.  


“the aggressive little brown”



A few meaty fish Steve hooked into today.  Awesome work Steve…good fishing!


Posted March 20, 2016 in General