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11/11/18….Its starting to feel a lot like..

There are still a few bugs hatching and a few fishing rising on the nicer days.

The Browns and Brooks are spawning their brains out!

We are still finding some nice fish.

Streamers and eggs have been the most productive.

The shop is now on winter hours…please feel free to call my Cell

814-574-9426 anytime. We will be happy to meet you at the shop if we can!

Here are some pictures: Nice work Boys!

Posted November 11, 2018

10/21/18….A Fine Time to Fish

We are so grateful to have fishable water!!

It has been a rarity indeed!

We have been doing well with frenchies and stone fly nymphs and eggs and even Blue Wing Olives on top!

Here are some pictures from this week….

Posted October 21, 2018

3.22.2018….Extravaganza Daze

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! 

Matty with a dandy from a quick post shop duty session

New Feathered Hook Guide Service rack cards

Posted March 22, 2018

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!

Posted March 20, 2018

1.22.2018….Cabin Fever

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. 
Fly Shop Hours  
Monday- Closed

Tuesday- Closed

Wednesday- Closed

Thursday- Closed

Friday- 9AM-5PM

Saturday- 9AM-5PM

Sunday- 9AM-2PM

Posted January 22, 2018

9.10.2017….Midgetember

The fly shop will close today, Sunday September 10 at 2:30pm. 

Sorry for any inconveniences.
Please call Jonas at (814) 574-9426 with questions or concerns.  

We will continue with regular business hours,9:00am-5:00pm, tomorrow Monday September 11th 2017.
Penns creek is in fine condition. The flow is a tad low but water temperatures are great. Elk Creek is coming in at 58 degrees while Upper Penns is coming in at 62 degrees.
Slate drakes, BWO, Slate Drake, Tan Caddis and October Caddis are keeping the fish happy and looking up. Don’t forget about midges.  Always a go to for this time of year.
Our guided trips are continuing to bring in success with things looking up. It seems we are over the hump that is summer and heading for fall fishing!
Be sure to stop in to check out our wide selection of Sitka Gear to ready up for hunting season. These pooches are happy about it!

Posted September 10, 2017

2/22/2017…Smells like Spring

While it is only the 22nd of February the weather has us thinking Spring. We’ve had some generally mild weather for the last week and there seems to be more headed our way. The creek is in pretty good shape. Warmer days have been producing some Blue Winged Olives. Some anglers report of seeing a riser here or there but nothing real consistent. There has been a good bit midge activity and fish feeding on them. Don’t be afraid to try a dry dropper rig with a midge. An Olive CDC Caddis to a black zebra midge is personal favorite rig for the early season. Keep your eyes open for the Little Black Stoneflies, they could be happening any day know. 

Mark your calendars, our Annual Spring Extravaganza is Saturday March 25th.  

Posted February 22, 2017

9.27.2016…..Sitka Day

Hi all,
Hope you survived the summer. It was a hot and dry one aound here. We saw very little rain which made fish catching considerably more difficult as the water levels dropped and the water temperatures rose. Thankfully seasons change. Things have been picking back up around Coburn as the air and water temps have begun to subside. Penns Creek is still running super low and clear. Anglers have reported some increased fish activity on top. Blue Winged Olives, Isonychia, and October Caddis are all likely to bring fish up from the bottom. Mornings and evenings are still seeing the best fishing. The fly shop remains open 7 days a week. 

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-12pm
Mark your calendars
Saturday October 22 is SITKA DAY

If you haven’t heard we are now carrying Sitka Gear! Sitka Gear is a Montana based, performance hunting apparel company that uses cutting-edge technology to keep hunters warm, dry and comfortable in an condition. Basically it is the best camoflouage available today. Sitka is “turning clothing into gear”. Stop by the our shop on October 22nd to “meet the brand” and see why we are #sickforit.

Congratulations to our boy Mitch who harvested this beautiful 7×7 Montana Bull on a day off from guiding at Upper Canyon Outfitters.

Mitchy was able to close the distance and seal the deal in his Sitka Gear.

Posted September 27, 2016

6/16/16…..Still hammering fish!

The Big blue wing olive is one of my favorite fishing hatches of the year….and this year is no exception!  The fish have risen so freely to the duns and spinners this year. I think the over abundance of food and warming water temps during the Green Drake drives the trouts metabolism through the roof and they hit the feed bag hard!  

Hatches: sulphurs and blue quills and blue wing olives and crane flies and little tan caddis and the Slate drakes and cahills. 
Next generation!

  

Posted June 16, 2016

6/1/16……Still fishing the Drakes!

We have some green drake duns coming off in the mornings and lots of Coffin flies late in the evening. 

The Coffin flies have been starting to hit the water around 10 pm because of the heat!  
DONT LEAVE EARLY!
You go girl!

  

Posted June 1, 2016

5/28/16…..DRAKE MANIA!

Simply amazing!  The hot weather has driven all the spinner falls and most of the rising fish activities late into the darkness.  10 pm has been the hot time so bring a sandwich and some patience!
Hatches:  GREEN DRAKES and 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………woo-hoo!
Great fish Adam!

  

Posted May 29, 2016

5/24/16…..A glorious year!

The Green Drakes are just below Weikert. The hatch is moving up slowly this year as the water is still cold. 

These hot sunny days make the day time dry fly fishing slow, but the evenings are amazing!

Hatches: GREEN DRAKES and 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………fantastic!

The creek is in perfect shape!

Nice work Men!

  

Posted May 24, 2016

5/23/16…..Penns Creek survives again!!

So the rain did come and the sun is peaking through and the creek is totally dry fly fishible!

The drakes are stretched from Glenn Iron to just about Weikert. 

We are also getting a nice hatch of Green Drakes up stream of Coburn from the shop up to the dam.

The creek has about 3 feet of visibility and with the green drakes on, that is plenty!

Penns has been blessed with great water conditions all year and I couldn’t be happier!

Hatches: GREEN DRAKES!  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………WOW!
Here is a real 20″ fish that Aston guided Chris to this week!

  

Posted May 23, 2016

5/21/16…..The Green Drake begins!

I just got the word that THE GREEN DRAKES HAVE BEGUN!
The report came in from Glenn Iron from last night!
And so begins another year!

Penns creek is in real good condition!

Thanks for the picture buddy!

  

Posted May 21, 2016

5/19/16….An amazing year!

What a year!  Almost everyone coming in the shop is reporting major successes…and mostly dry fly fishing!!

The hatches have been really strong and the fish have been really looking up!

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!

Hope you get a chance to come and experience this truly unusual year!
Great job PB!

  

Posted May 19, 2016

5/16/16…..It is Penns Creeks Year!

Amazing to talk to all the people coming into the shop who are having success!  This is Penns creek….that just isn’t the conversation I am used to having!  

The water is still low for this time of year and the color is perfection!

No change in the hatches yet……
A nice fish….caught by a nice man..

  

Posted May 16, 2016

5/12/16…..and the beat goes on!

It has been one of the best fish catching years in my career!  Hope you can make it up to experience it!

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. Amazing!
 Caught by he who can’t be named!  Hell of a trout! 

Posted May 13, 2016

5/9/16….Going Strong!!

We have had enough rain to bring the creeks back up to normal levels and they have been fishing great!

Drys and nymphs are both working depending on the time of day. The dry fly fishing on the overcast days has been amazing!

Hatches: March Browns and sulphurs and blue quills and blue wing olives and crane flies and little tan caddis and the Slate drakes and……..4 Green Drakes….unreal!

Look forward to seeing you real soon!
Cherry Popped!

  

Posted May 9, 2016

5/7/16…..Rising fish at the Coburn bridge!

The water came about 3 inches and stained up a little.  The color is returning to normal very quickly. 

The fish appear to be eating Blue Wing Olive emerges right now!
The Feathered Hook circa 1910…..pretty cool!

  

Posted May 7, 2016

5/6/16…..We have found a spy amongst us!

So…..this happened on Tunnel Road last night at 6:45 pm last night!  Single scout but that’s pretty cool!
Great job God!!!

  

Posted May 6, 2016

5/5/16……Still rockin and rolling!

The rains have fallen lightly on the centre county valleys this last week and the streams are all in better shape for it. The water is still low but not quite as clear….thank God!
The hatches remain the same and the dry fly fishing has been amazing!

Hope to see you soon!
Shout out to Cody of The Natures Inn for this PA monster!

  

Posted May 5, 2016

5/1/16……May Day!!

The sulphurs contine to build in intensity and we are seeing both big ones and small ones!!

The March browns are amazing right now!

The dry fly fishing has been so good that split shot sales are way down!

The creek is looking healthier from the rain but she is still low. 
Don’t you wish your boyfriend was hot like this?!

  

Posted May 2, 2016

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

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

4/12/16…..THE GRANNOMS ARE HERE…THE GRANNOMS ARE HERE!

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

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

4/1/16….EXTRAVAGANZA TOMORROW!!!!!!!!

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

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

3/14/16…..Extravaganza April 2!!!

The creeks are really waking up with all the warm weather and the fishing has turned on!
The Blue Wing Olives are popping and fish have rising real good!  Hope to see ya soon!

Super fish banana head!

  

Posted March 14, 2016

2/20/16….Grab a pencil

It was a gorgeous day in Coburn today, temperatures reached the mid 60s.  After the cold spell we have had, weather like this on a Saturday had anglers thinking alike and hitting the water. 

Mark your calendars, it’s that time of year again.  Our Spring Extravaganza is Saturday April 2 from 9am-5pm.  EVERYTHING is on sale including all new items.  Clearance items on major discount!   Food, drinks, fun, and sale prices..it’s a date!

Spring is coming!

Posted February 21, 2016

9/17/15…..HELLO FALL LIKE WEATHER!

The weather has started to change up here in the Central PA area. Our nights are cool to cold again and that is a wonderful thing for the fishing!  The streams come back to life with bugs and the fish know it’s time to fatten up before the spawn!

We have seen tricos and blue wing olives and small tan caddis and crane flies and the October Caddis is starting too!!

Hope you get a chance to come out and play!

These photos are all from this week……thanks Matt!  The last picture is of October Caddis cases.

   
    
 

Posted September 17, 2015

5/21/15…..DRAKES SIGHTED IN GLEN IRON!!!!! CREEK IN GREAT SHAPE!!!!!

here we go people!!
Drake mania is upon us for another year!

Sulphurs and March Browns are strong too!  Plus caddis and cranes and blue quill and olives!
Great job Ray!

  

Posted May 21, 2015

3/12/15…..Extravaganza weekend!

Well…..hello Spring! It is so wonderful out!
Come on by if you have a chance and see the New and Expanded shop!
Food and drinks are provided and everything is on sale! Up to 75% off!

Saturday 9-5!

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Posted March 13, 2015

Early February….the latest news!

Hi everyone! Today I switched from winter hibernation to spring planning in my head! Lots going on….remodeling and planning etc. It’s all very exciting if you just realized you own a business and it’s time to start getting ready!!

WE WILL BE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND…FEB. 6th and 7th.

The EXTRAVAGANZA is MARCH 14th!!
Fun should be had! Food and drink and merriment and sale prices!

Think Spring!!

Posted February 5, 2015

6/14/14….another day in paradise!

Ok. Bugs first….Big blue wing olives, orange cahills, little yellow sulphurs, tan caddis, brown caddis, slate drakes, golden stones and crane flies.

Penns has come way down but is still real stained. Better but stained.

Fishing creek is perfect.

Spring creek is good.

Little J is still a mess.

And you thought you had a rough morning!!

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Posted June 14, 2014

5/31/14….DRAKES IN COBURN!!!

The creek is totally fishable and the Green Drake is getting started!!!

We had risers at the bridge this morning!! Hope to see you soon

This morning on the bridge!

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Posted May 31, 2014

5/30/14….Fishable water and DRAKES!

Penns creek has finally dropped to a reasonable level and the visibility is about 5 ft now. Things are falling into place for a great weekend. Hope you can make it.

Looking better than this!

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Posted May 30, 2014

5/14/14….DODGED ANOTHER BULLET!

We have survived another series of thunderstorms. Still keeping an eye on Thursday night. So far so good. Wonderful day today. Little too sunny for me but you can’t have everything.

Don’t let the forehead fool ya…the Pittenger boys got it done!

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Posted May 14, 2014

5/13/14. This is a rough way to start the day!

But it could be worse….you could be this guy!

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Posted May 13, 2014

Two words for you….L. C. !!!!

Here we see a man who has spent his life working hard so that his children may chase their dreams and find their own happiness. This is a noble man, a good man…a man of character. But what few people know is that in his youth, he was a male model! Dah dah daaaaaah!!!

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Posted May 6, 2014

4/24/14….grannoms have STARTED!!!!

Oh…..it’s on!!! The bugs are here and the fish are on them! Yeahhhhh!
Also The Feathered Hook clothing arrived yesterday! The season has begun!!!

Looking real good Mitchy!

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Posted April 24, 2014

Aston’s guide tip of the week

The Grannom Caddis hatch is about to be in full swing in a matter of days in Central Pa.

Remember the Grannom emerges to the surface faster than mayflies do, and spend a shorter amount of time on the water’s surface while they dry their wings. Also an egg laying Grannom will bounce up and down on water to break the surface tension to lay their eggs.

With these things in mind, be sure that you keep your Grannom fly patterns active as you fish them and avoid dead drifting your patters all day long. Due to the Grannom’s quick movements, trout will often eat them out of impulse; take advantage of this.

Thanks

Aston

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Posted April 13, 2014

Well…howdy

Ole’ Jose…looking sharp!

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Posted April 13, 2014

23……June…….2013

Welcome to summertime fishing in central PA!

WE WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK!

Here’s the deal…..Every summer Penns deals with temperature issues. The way it works is this: If the nights are cold or we have high water, then the temps will be just fine. If on the other hand the days and nights are hot, the lower end of the creek heats up and the best thing to do is to leave the trouts alone.
Having said all that, the upper end (From lower Ingleby up to Coburn) stays cold almost all the time! It is very rare that Upper Penns is too hot to fish because of the 11million gallons of cold water coming in from Elk/Pine creek every day!
Be smart….if the water feels like you are in a bath tub….don’t fish. Buy a thermometer! Use it!
Lastly, the area is blessed because we have so many creeks in the region. Spring creek and Fishing creek almost never heat up and are both within 30 minutes.

And now the fishing report!

Sulphurs, blue quills, tan and black caddis, crane flies, slate drakes, light Cahills, and the big blue wing olives too!

The bridge from Millheim to Coburn is closed!!!

The proper detour if you’re coming from the State College is to take Paradise Rd. off of Route 45. Proceed 2 miles to the stop sign at Penns Creek Rd. Then turn left onto Penns Creek Rd. and go 2 miles to the stop sign in Coburn. If you go left, we are on the left.

The proper detour if you are coming from the east is to take Pine Creek road in Woodward. Take Pine Creek road for 6 miles to the stop sign. Go left into Coburn.

The proper detour if you are coming from the north is to come to the light in Millheim. Then go right onto route 45 for 2 miles and then go left onto paradise road and follow the directions as above from State College.

Shout out Buko! That is a great Pic! Thanks Bud!

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Posted June 23, 2013

GREEN DRAKES SIGHTED!

The first GREEN DRAKES were just sighted at GLEN IRON! Today at 12:30 pm! And so it begins for another year!

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Posted May 23, 2013

Still lookin for the Cicadias.

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Posted May 19, 2013

The bridge is closed! From Millheim to Coburn!

The second bridge from Millheim is closed!!!

The proper detour if you’re coming from the State College is to take Paradise Rd. off of Route 45. Proceed 2 miles to the stop sign at Penns Creek Rd. Then turn left onto Penns Creek Rd. and go 2 miles to the stop sign in Coburn. If you go left, we are on the left.

The proper detour if you are coming from the east is to take Pine Creek road in Woodward. Take Pine Creek road for 6 miles to the stop sign. Go left into Coburn.

The proper detour if you are coming from the north is to come to the light in Millheim. Then go right onto route 45 for 2 miles and then go left onto paradise road and follow the directions as above from State College.

Posted May 14, 2013

Tie one on!

It is time to TIE ONE ON! This Friday at the Feathered Hook at 6:30 till ? It is gonna be a real good time. You should come.
Shout out to Ketchup the turtle! Who spent 15 years with our friend Pat and his family. Good job Ketchup.

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Posted May 14, 2013

Rivers dry up at 5pm

Rich “Chairman of the Board” Cross…..getting it done! At Browns Hill Tavern!

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Posted May 12, 2013

Now auditioning new part time baconatores

Well played Jeff!

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Posted May 10, 2013

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