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….
Posted May 29, 20205/28/2020…..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…
Posted May 28, 20205/27/20…..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!
Posted May 27, 20205/22/20….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
Posted May 22, 20205/7/20….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
Posted May 8, 20203/26/20….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….
Posted March 26, 202012.27.2019….Happy Holidays
Hi. Hope the Holidays are treating you well.
We have some of the best water in the creek we have had all year and the fish know it.
The weather has been quite manageable and mild as of late making for some great winter fishing conditions.
Stoneflies nymphs , pheasant tails, caddis pupa, BWO nymphs and other attractor nymphs have been producing.
Streamers have absolutely been producing there share of fish for the committed meat chucker.
We have even seen some sporadic surface action, don’t get your hopes up but it could happen!!
Weather forecast looks promising for the next week at least.
If you can manage to get away for a day of fishing we HIGHLY recommend it. We have guides available.
Fly Shop remains open Wednesday-Sunday 9AM-5PM
Bed & Breakfast open 365..
2020 Fishpond order in the house!
We are excited about the fully submersible waterproof bags available in the new Riverbed Camo.
Posted December 27, 201911/24/19….Fish Mania!
Even I can get it done….
Just a wonderful time of year!
Happy turkey day everybody
JonasPosted November 24, 201910/13/19….Finally Fall!
The nights are getting cold and the days are getting short and fish are starting to feed up for the spawn!
We have been out a bunch and the fish are on the feed bag!
We have had a wonderful time taking some old friends out and making some new ones too!
Maybe this could be your fish next time?!
The water is low and clear. Temperatures are great!
Everyone is having a good time!
The October Caddis, Blue Quills, BWO’s and midges are all hatching. We have had some rising fish.
See you soon….
Posted October 13, 20193.8.2019….smells like spring..almost
Hello. We aren’t far off now. The future weather forecast indicates a break in the weather. Hopefully it’s here to stay.
Fishing has been good if you have been able to withstand the cold. We have been seeing midges, early black stoneflies, and blue wing olives. Not a bad way to ring in March.
Our Extravaganza is next weekend March 15-17.
Fly tying Demos
Nymph Rigging Demo
Streamer Fishing Demo
Come check out new products for the year. We have some very cool gear in the shop this year that we think will tickle your fancy.
Learn to tie Catskill Style March Brown with Todd “the fly tyer” Johnson at the Extravaganza.
Shop tyer Jim Shawley will be teaching how to tie a Woven Stonefly nymph during the Extravaganza.
We’ve been receiving lots of questions about ice and access into the Creek. The Woodward Gap Road to the Cherry Run section of the creek looks similar to the road to Poe…
Without chains, forget about it. Take the long route to Weikert and back to access the Cherry Run Section.
Tunnel road is clear.
Ingleby is generally clear as it has permanent residents. Access to Poe Paddy is just a short tredge downstream from Ingleby.
Happy weekend friends!Posted March 8, 20192.20.2019….why wait
Hi. We have been continuing to work in the shop to get ready for spring. Saturday’s atmosphere in the shop was reminiscent of spring. Lots of familiar faces stopping by to show they survived yet another winter.
We are super excited about our Extravanganza. This year sales last all weekend, starting 9 am Friday March 15 and ending at 5pm Sunday March 17th.
As usual, Saturday will be the main event with fly tying, nymphing, leader building demos, food drinks and lots of fun. Bring your fishing buddies, family + kids and friends.
List of demos to come soon.
Guided trips have started rolling out the door finding plenty of success. Catching a fish on Penns Creek any day is rewarding. Doing it in February is even better. Thank to the folks that have come out and fished with us so far.
Why wait until “the season”, call to book your guided day and get yours now.Posted February 19, 20192/5/19…..A Brand New Year🎉
What will 2019 hold…..?! So exciting!
We have been working “hard” to get the shop ready for another year.
The creek has been fishing quite well in between the polar vortex blasts.
We are having our annual EXTRAVAGANZA the weekend of March 15-17.
Everything is on sale and MANY MANY items on CLEARANCE!
Hope to see y’all soon!
Posted February 5, 201911/11/18….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, 201810/21/18….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, 20183.22.2018….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!Posted March 22, 20183.19.2018….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, 20181.22.2018….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
Sunday- 9AM-2PMPosted January 22, 20189.10.2017….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!
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.
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.
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.Posted September 27, 20166/16/16…..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.
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!
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!
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, 20165/23/16…..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!
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, 20165/19/16….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!
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..
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!
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!
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!
So…..this happened on Tunnel Road last night at 6:45 pm last night! Single scout but that’s pretty cool!
Great job God!!!
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!
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?!
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!
No major changes to report. The streams are low and clear and the bugs are going insane!!
Hey….is that a Grannom?!
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!
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, 20164/1/16….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.
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!
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, 20162/20/16….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, 20169/17/15…..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, 20155/21/15…..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!
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!Posted March 13, 2015Early 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, 20156/14/14….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!!Posted June 14, 20145/31/14….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!Posted May 31, 20145/30/14….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!Posted May 30, 20145/14/14….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!Posted May 14, 2014