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.
When I woke up and saw the graph this morning, I assumed we were Done! Gratefully….upon seeing the water this morning and the fishes rising in it….we are far from it!
The storm must have gotten much worse far down below us….a rare but important occurrence. Please remember the hydrograph is 30 miles down stream.
The GREEN DRAKES are coming off here in UPPER Coburn this morning. They were also heavy on the lower river last night….from roughly Millmont to Weikert.
The creek is dropping fast…as happens with thunderstorms.
Pictures from this morning….
5/28/2020…..Be Water My Friends
The Green Drakes have started way down stream! It is So Exciting!
We have seen them as far up as Weikert. The numbers are not heavy yet and it is mostly males but it is a START!
The other Hatches continue to be ridiculously thick….and as you would expect…..Penns Creek is still quite hard!
Water temps stayed steady yesterday at 64.
Here’s a couple of pictures if you aren’t here yet…
5/27/20…..And So IT Begins……
With the warm weather comes the GREEN DRAKES…..
They are just beginning at the very lower end….but it is time to make your plans!
The weather will be hot for a couple days and then it is going to cool down which means we will have a nice prolonged hatch I think (I am no entomologist)
The water is a little low and quite clear
March Browns and Sulphurs and Caddis and Crane Flies and Grey Fox…Oh My!
So Much Bugs!
We are open 9 – 5 every day
Hope to see you soon!
Getting it done!
5/22/20….Bugs and Masks
I want to thank everyone for all the support during these strange and troubling time!
Life in the shop is kinda the same as usual and kinda completely weird…..
But life on the stream is about the same as it’s ever been.
A few more people than normal when the weather is nice but it is late May.
The water levels are near perfect and the hatches have been excellent:
Sulphurs (of assorted sizes and colors)
So much bugs.
We have seen 2 GREEN DRAKES so far…..got to be soon though!
Hope you are all safe and well and we see you soon
5/7/20….Time for a New Begining
Thank you to everyone for your kind works and support during these unprecedented times…..!
The Feathered Hook will reopen tomorrow May 8th……..9-5 everyday of the week!
We are very excited and somewhat nervous.
We take your safety and our own very seriously!
Please wear a mask while in the store and keep social distancing upper most in mind.
We will be limiting the number of people in the shop to 10 at any one time.
I can’t say enough about the out pouring of love and support you have all shown us during this…..it has meant our very survival as a business……I Thank You!
The creek is still high from Thursday’s heavy rains but the color has improved nicely. No get but improving.
We have March Browns and a few Sulphurs. Caddis and Crane Flies abound. Blue wing olives and blue duns too
Hope to see y’all soon
3/26/20….Thinking of Everyone
This is the hardest post I have ever had to do.
My thoughts are with you and yours during these unprecedented times.
I have become acutely aware of what The Feathered Hook means to us all, what it represents to so many of us, more than ever.
Many people have been reaching out to see how they can help.
I have been So Moved by this support and love!
It has always been my greatest professional honor to run and manage The Hook.
We WILL BE HERE for us ALL when this is over….
If you find yourself in a place to be able to help and feel so inclined to do so….we would ask you to purchase a gift certificate for when this ends. Please call my cell phone at (814) 574-9426 to do so.
As all of you know….this is usually the beginning of our “busy season” which seems so trivial in so many respects right now….
All gift certificates will be for 110% of the purchased amount.
Please stay safe in whatever do to get through this and we will try and do the same.
A few pictures from back in the day….
As most of you know….all non essential businesses are now mandated to be closed in Pennsylvania
That includes the shop
It also seems to include the Bed and Breakfast
We are not sure about the guiding….but will let you know asap.
We hoped so much to be able to provide you all with a safe place to be during this trying time…..alas the choice is not ours to make.
We must think of the safety of all of us first and foremost.
It is my most sincere wish that you all stay safe and we can see each other again soon
Until then…I’ll catch one for you
And Matt might even catch one too!
Miss y’all already!
Good Morning Everyone,
After long discussions and much thought, we have decided to postpone this years Extravaganza.
We plan to be open and will still be having our sale, but all of the other events will have to wait for another time.
Amazingly, the Extravaganza has blossomed into a large event and we the know it is not wise to host such an event at this time.
The whole store will still be on sale Friday Saturday and Sunday and again when the Extravaganza is rescheduled for…..
I am most saddened by the idea of not getting to see as many friends and have hugs and handshakes but these are difficult times.
The Feathered Hook shop and Bed and Breakfast will remain open as a place of refuge and solace during these times.
We have been fishing a lot and making things ready as we always do this time of year.
The weather has been amazing as you all know and the fish are eating like it is a warm April.
Who knows what this will do to the Hatches…..we will see!
Feel free to contact me at 8143498757 (shop) or 8145749426 (cell) anytime.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
1.31.2020….not that cold
Another week has come and gone with above average air temps. Penns is running just over average flows and holding that “Penns Creek Green” color.
Even with February knocking on our door, the future forecast looks like the end of March/start of April rather than the first week of February…not that we are complaining.
Not having to brave freezing temps and iced up guides has made this winters fishing that much more enjoyable..
Stonefly nymphs, caddis pupa, baetis nymphs and midges continue to be consistent fish producers. A stripped or swung streamer has also been putting its share of fish in the net.
We are super excited for the Extravaganza this year. More talks and demos to be announced soon.
Stop by the shop to grab your tickets the the F3T (Fly Fishing Film Tour) coming time Central Pa!
1.23.2019…winter is here?
Hi, hope you folks are staying warm.
Our Extravaganza is set for March 20, 21, 22, 2020.
Storewide sales and discounts!
Food, drinks, and fun.
Demos and Fly Tying
The sales will run from Friday to Sunday. Saturday will be the big she-bang. Hope to see you there!
It seems like winter may finally be setting in. The next weeks weather forecast calls for an average low in the 20s and an average high in the mid 30s.
For January fishing, conditions could be much more cold. We have been getting out to do some fishing and even some catching.
Penns, Spring and Fishing Creek have all been producing with nymphs. Baetis, stones and midges have been consistent fish catchers across the board.
We have had a few guided trips rolling out with the almost spring like weather early January brought us. If your getting cabin fever give us a ring and we will line up a day to help you cure your cabin blues!
Our spring orders have started to roll into the shop. New Simms and Fishpond orders have hit the shop and are up ready for you to check out!