|Camp Guttalata is located in the lower end of the “Catch & Release “ Regulation Section of Penn’s Creek and is protected well to provide a strictly “wild” trout habitat.
This scenic and secluded part of Penn’s Creek maintains its population of large wild trout by limiting fishing to the use of “artificials” only and also by requiring a strict “catch and release” policy. For several miles upstream, this uninhabited and remote valley is only accessible by foot or bicycle.
Penn’s Creek is known for being a challenging, yet rewarding fly-fisherman’s paradise. This isolated section of the “river” offers the largest population of big, wild trout in beautiful pools, riffles, pocket water and slicks that are at times diverted around islands. You will often find sections of the stream with grassy flat banks on one side and steep, sharp-cut, rocky banks on the other side.
A wading staff can be very helpful , moreover essential, while exploring this boulder strewn stream.
Wild Browns are abundant and seem to be everywhere.
You will also find big-shouldered Rainbows in certain areas and the occasional Brookie.
Brown and Bow sizes range solidly from 15-18″ with a more than respectful population of 19-22″ fish. It takes some skill to catch and bring to hand the 20″ plus leviathans that are present and caught in these hallowed waters.
Penn’s Creek is a limestone-rich stream with a “freestone” appearance. These qualities in combination with the variety of water flow provide an environment that produces an incredibly diverse aquatic life.
Yes, Penn’s is famous for the Green Drake and Grannom hatches, which are prolific; however, there are many other great hatches that occur on Penn’s throughout the year that get overlooked by many fly fishermen.
This “river” is full of various types of mayflies, stoneflies and caddis, as well as dace, sculpins, darters, crayfish and other food sources.
Terrestrials pepper the water during the summer season. Hatch Charts are available on our Links Page.
Want a big change of pace within a hundred yards? Try Cherry Run, another small “catch and release” freestone feeder of Penn’s full of Bookies and small Browns.
Within an hour’s drive of camp, you will find other notable waters including Spring Creek / Lower Bald Eagle, Elk Creek, Pine Creek, Spruce Creek and The Little Juniata as well as Mid and Upper Penn’s Creek.
If you are not familiar with Penn’s or these other waters, a guide can make a world of difference, if only for one day. Arrangements can be made, upon request, to provide knowledgeable experienced guides to make the most of your trip.
Every year we donate time at the cabin to help support Trout Unlimited and Project Healing Waters.
We enjoy sharing Camp Guttalata with these organizations and encourage everyone to participate in these programs if possible.
If you did not see the video on the HOME Page, it’s worthwhile checking it out. It is at the bottom of the Home Page.