The Feathered Hook Fly Shop offers a wide selection of locally tied flies, bamboo rods, graphite rods, breathable waders, wading boots, fly fishing clothes, experienced guide service and a semi-knowledgeable staff to try and answer your questions. We hope to have everything you might need for your time in Central PA and quite a bit more. The store has a huge selection of flies tied by our nineteen local tiers. We carry a large selection of leaders and tippets as well as floatants and every other gizmo we can think to order.
We are proud to offer Central Pennsylvania's largest selection of Simms waders, boots, and clothing. We have a tremendous selection of Simms gear in stock, to touch, try on, and see. We're proud to feature Rio and Scientific Anglers fly lines, Hardy and Greys rods and reels, Thomas and Thomas rods, Fishpond vest bags and luggage, Loon floatants, Trout Hunter tippet and leaders, Nomad nets, 3-Tand reels, Folstaff wading staffs, Ted Godfrey reels, and an assortment of The Feathered Hook gear as well as an assortment of odds and ends for all your fly fishing needs.
We are a bamboo friendly shop and offer fine handcrafted rods from nationally known makers such as Walt Carpenter, Marc Aroner, Sweetgrass rods, D. G. Schroeder, Steve Jenkins, J.D. Wagner, and Jim Downes, plus a few select up and coming cane rod builders. We also carry Hardy and Greys graphite rods and custom built graphite rods from Bill Franke. We can fit your budget and needs.
I have always been impressed with bright shiny things and our reels are no exception. We carry Hardy, Greys, Peerless, J. Austin Forbes, 3-Tand and a selection of vintage reels by a variety of makers. We carry Rio and Scientific Angler fly lines. We are more than happy to help you with your tackle problems whether you bought it here or not.
Please keep in mind that our vintage items turn over rapidly. Please check our Bamboo Listing page to get an up to date listing of what we currently have in stock. Pre-owned tackle is available for those on a budget, but still wishing to purchase quality equipment.
We are also interested in purchasing vintage used tackle that you might wish to part with.
1. Thank you all for your support this year, and always! The Feathered Hook will continue on for the foreseeable future! I am So Grateful
2. It is Hot out! This has been one of those summers you have to be picky about where to trout fish. Penns has been warm and we haven’t had a lot of rain. Fishing creek and lower spring creek are cold still which is great.
3. The Smallmouth fishing has been on Fire! If you haven’t had a chance to go with Matt and drift for Smallies…..I highly recommend it! What a great way to pass the summer and learn some new skills!
We are still open 7 days a week from 9-5. Hope to see you soon
JonasPosted August 13, 20206/3/20…..A beautiful DRAKE in the Neighborhood
The GREEN DRAKE swarm is surrounding Poe Paddy State park
There are Coffin Flies brown in the Cherry Run area still and some Duns popping all the way up to Coburn too!
The hot days will explode the hatch up the rest of the creek soon and they will last through the weekend and a trickle into next week and that will about finish them for 2020.
Still So Many other bugs hatching too! Cahills and Slate Drakes and Sulphurs and Caddis and March Browns and Grey Fox and Crane Flies and more!
Hope to get to see you soon!
Posted June 3, 20205/31/20….BIG BUGS
The GREEN DRAKES are going nuts! From Weikert to Cherry Run with some in Poe Paddy too!
The water has settled down after the thunderstorms and is wonderful now
Sulphurs and grey fox and Caddis and crane flies and slate drakes too
It’s that time! Hope to see you soon…..Posted May 31, 20205/29/2020….Pleasantly Surprised!
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, 20203/19/20……Now Closed
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!
Posted March 19, 2020