May 12, 2021
Last week concluded our Spring Prespawn Bass Float season. Varying weather patterns and water conditions required us to work for fish at times but overall it was a great couple of weeks floating the Juniata River system for smallmouth bass. We are looking forward to getting back to the summer season in July.
Saturday through Monday we received another batch of rain that brought some much appreciated relief from the low and clear water conditions we've experienced the last few weeks on our trout streams. Water conditions are currently high and colored, which should set us up with great fishing conditions in the upcoming weeks. Looking ahead the forecast is calling for chances of showers next week but until then mostly dry weather with daytime high temperatures to be in the mid to upper 60s.
Prior to the rain over the weekend, we experienced hatches of Sulphurs that presented anglers with opportunities to fish dry flies. In addition to good numbers of Sulphurs, we are also seeing a number of Tan Caddis, Crane flies, and Blue Winged Olives.
Nymphs and Streamers will consistently be the most productive in the immediate future, but as water levels settle this week dries should become a major player again. Look for bug activity to be the best for dry fly fishing on Spruce Creek, Yellow Creek, and the Little J. And with the reset of favorable water conditions on Penns Creek, it should fish well with Nymphs and Streamers.
It's May and we are set up with great fishing conditions for the upcoming weeks. Sulphurs are here and you should be too!