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.
We have some rooms open this weekend in the B&B for the Extravaganza.
Call the shop (814)349-8757 or Jonas (814) 574-9426 if your interested in staying.
On Saturday: Storewide sales, fly tying demos, food, drinks, adult beverages being donated from The Elk Creek Cafe, meet our G Loomis rep.
Weather looks promising and a fun time is sure to be had!
Look forward to seeing you!
3.19.2018….Spring is in the air
Hi all! Our Extravaganza is this Saturday March 24 from 9am-5pm. Storewide sales, food, beverages, fly tying demos, and lots of fun. It’s always a blast to see everyone after winter and talk fishing. Hope to see you there.
We have some really cool new stuff in the shop this year from Simms, Fishpond, Sitka Gear and G Loomis. We are also now carrying Hatch reels and tools as well as Handmade, Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods, both proudly made in the USA.
Fishing has really been good. Streamers have been producing some beautiful fish. Blue winged olives started almost two weeks ago on Spring Creek and the Little J and have started rolling on Big Fishing Creek and Penns Creek. Early black stones are also in the mix with plenty more on the way.
Our Guide Coordinator, Matt, recently picked up a new Stealthcraft Hooligan 3 man raft. We are happy to add a new option for anglers who are interested in floating with a friend. We have a number of waterways to float for trout and are super excited to be offering summer Smallmouth bass trips starting in June.
We’ve had some guided trips rolling out the door and they have been yielding some serious fish!
2/19/18….Spring is in the air!
It is starting to feel like Spring is coming and I am ready!
We are just about ready in the shop and almost all the new stuff has arrived!
The Extravaganza is March 24th!
Look forward to seeing y’all!
The fly shop will be closed this Sunday, February 4, 2018. Sorry for any inconveniences. Call Jonas at (814) 574-9426 with any questions.
Posted January 31, 2018 in General
1.29.2018….Next stop, February
Last week was a relatively mild one. We needed that. It was hard to stay inside and accomplish the things that needed done and that seemed to be the popular opinion. We saw quite a few anglers through the shop and on the water. It felt like early spring. Mid to high 40s was a welcome air temperature change.
Flows have subsided since the snow/rain/ice + melt/runoff situation we had last week. Penns is green with a couple feet of visibility and holding steady around 600 CFS. Lower Spring is just over 200 CFS, a really good, fishable flow. Fishing Creek (no gauge) is in good shape. Worth checking out if your up for it. The Little J is sitting pretty just under 400 CFS. Good, fishy water.
The fishing has been good. January was one heck of a streamer month. The fish were aggressive and willing to move for some meat. I guided a ¾ day float trip with a friend on saturday. We moved two really nice fish and caught two small fish in the first hour. Then things got slow. We grinded for a couple hours, low and slow, without seeing a flash. Then all of a sudden just like someone flipped a light switch the bite window opened up. Jeremy boated 5 fish and had a few more chases in the last hour and a half. Persistence pays off.
I had a day off yesterday and took my friend and yours, Kenny for a fun float. 5th cast from the put in Kenny put a solid fish to hand. Things keep on that way for the afternoon. We didn’t move any piggies but we caught some really solid middle class fish.
Looks like this upcoming week is going to be a little cooler than last. Look for the warmer days and get out there. 2018 is off to a great start. Hope to #seeyouincoburn soon.
Posted January 29, 2018 in Stream Update
Winter Guide Trip Special 3/4 Day:6 Hour – 1 Angler Float Trip: $299. Not a numbers game (most days) . We are on the hunt for trophy fish. Lots of streamer fishing. Some nymphing at prime locations. All gear, terminal tackle, coffee, snack and a pile of fun included. Crazy? Maybe, but so worth it.
It is tolerable out there. The water is good. The fish are eating. Whats not to be happy about. Penns Creek is open thanks to the snow which turned to rain about a week and a half ago. Mild temps have melted the remaining ice. Penns is sitting somewhere north off 500 CFS. Fishing has been par for the course. Numbers haven’t been crazy but the quality of fish has been.
We had a serious break in the weather this weekend. Even the lows were right around or above freezing. Cabin fever must have set in. We saw lots of faces through in the shop and plenty of anglers getting out there this weekend. Nymphing has been pretty good. Big stuff, eggs, small stuff, just pick your poison and fish it with confidence. Streamer bite has been on. Black is always a good choice. Articulated black is an ever better choice.
Josh and I floated last Wednesday. Half day streamer float. Moved one and caught one mid teens fish. It was frigid. Anchor rope froze up and would not drop. Had to bust an inch worth of ice off each guide about every five minutes. Fun but frigid day with a high of 23 degrees..
Yesterday was a heck of a day on the water. I floated with my good friend Shaun, a local fire forester. We launched at noon and Shaun had a 17 inch brown annihilate his articulated streamer 50 yards from the launch. We boated 6 fish and moved 12 others. I got off the water to find a few pictures Josh sent me. The bite was on, on Fishing Creek also. Hope you were out yesterday.
The water should hold and there is some precipitation expected in the next week. Air temps look good.
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1.11.2018….First of the year
I wouldn’t call it a thaw. Its only January 11th. We still have a couple more months of winter. Temperatures are predicted to stay over freezing until Saturday. There is some rain in the forecast. The warmer temps and mixture of above freezing precipitation may just be enough to cut back the heavy amounts of Ice on Penns Creek. I doubt it will eliminate it. I was at Ingleby yesterday. I walked over half a mile upstream before turning back to the car. It was all ice. Slow and deep, riffles, eddies, all of it…ICE.
Truthfully I had not fished in a couple weeks. I was happy watching drywall mud and paint dry (literally) instead of battling sub 0 temps on the water. With the break in weather I headed out yesterday to find that first fish of the new year. Josh did well on Fishing Creek the day before. The lower end is wide open. Still a fair bit of ice through The Narrows. The lower end of Spring Creek is wide open. You might find some ice if you go far enough up near Spring Creek Park.
This week looks like an opportunistic time to get out, wet a line, and wrangle a few fish. Get the new year started off on the right fin, so to speak. If you can find some open water the fish have been eager to eat a fly. They are also looking chunky and in much better shape that the last couple winters.
Our 2018 Simms order has arrived, including the new G3 Guide Wader, new G3 Guide Boot in felt and vibram sole, new lineup of Dry Creek Bags. We are fully restocked on boots, waders, hats, and much more.
We have set the date for our Annual Spring Extravaganza, March 24, 2018. You know the deal…food, drinks, tying demos, fun, and a storewide sale. Don’t miss out.
1.3.2018….Cold in Coburn
Winter decided to be on time this year and as of late we having been seeing extremely cool temperatures. It was 0 degrees (F) this morning and we are up to a brisk 10 degrees as of mid day. Temperature are forecasted to stay below freezing until at least Monday.
As a result Upper Penns is more less frozen. Below the confluence with Elk Creek, the Penns Creek side is all ice. In some spots the ice protrudes 15 feet out from the bank. Elk Creek’s side is what’s keeping it open with the combined flow of Pine Creek, Elk creek is dumping in warmer than upper Penns. At some spots, mostly where there is faster riffle water, there is minimal ice build up. Angler should use caution and choose wisely where to enter the stream in these conditions.
Most days we are working in the B&B and will be open for appointments.
Give us a ring if you want to stop by on a closed day and we will try to get you in.
Meteorologically speaking today is the first day of winter. The fish aren’t too worried about it. Fishing continues to be productive. We have good flows of water on Penns Creek unlike last winter. The streamer fishing has been productive some days while nymphing continues to be a consistent producer of fish day in and out.
We haven’t seen a whole heck of a lot of traffic on the water as we are into PA Deer Rifle Season. Never a bad idea to wear an orange hat this time of year, just to be safe. If you need one stop in the shop and check out our selection of Sitka Gear.. the orange hats will let hunters know where you are at and the base layers will keep your warm so you can fish all day long..
Egg patterns are a must have when entering the stream. Smaller attractor nymphs; Frenchie, Iron Lotus, and Rainbow Warriors seem to get the job done. Pheasant tails and hare ears can be just as productive as this time tested flies have the potential to produce fish any day of the year..
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(sorry the last post of hours was hard to read)
New Fall/Winter Hours….11.20.2017