Fly Fishing

Camp Guttalata is located in the lower end of Section 4 of the “Catch & Release “ Section of Penn’s Creek, protected well to provide a strictly “wild” trout habitat.

Fishing the Blue Rock Pool
Fishing the Blue Rock Pool
Fishing

This scenic and secluded part of Penn’s Creek maintains its population of large wild trout by limiting fishing to the use of  certain “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, sometimes with over-hanging Hemlocks.

 

 

One of Evan’s Beautiful Browns.
Beautiful Water
Beautiful Water

A wading staff is very helpful , moreover essential in higher water, 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.

 

 

 

Big-Shouldered Rainbows
Big-Shouldered Rainbows
Wow! Nice Brown

Brown and Bow average size range solidly from 14-18″ 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.

 

 

 

About Penn’s Creek

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.

Green Drake Spinner

The Green Drake (Ephemera Guttalata) hatch on Penn’s is renown not only because of the large size of this mayfly,  but also due to the overwhelming numbers of this particular species that hatch over a short window of time along with it’s representative nature of mayfly appearances.  This hatch will bring the largest trout in the stream to the surface to take advantage of this abundant food source. 

Other overlooked hatches and “spinners falls” will do the same but you need to know Penn’s.  People travel from all over the world in hopes of fishing the Green Drake  hatch.  To witness this phenomena, especially the flight of the ova positing female “spinners” at dusk, is truly spectacular, even for those that do not fly fish.

Isonychia

Isonychia 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 mayfly hatch on Penn’s is renown not only because of the large size of this mayfly,  but also due to the overwhelming numbers of this particular species that hatch over a short window of time as well as it’s representative nature of mayfly appearances.  This hatch will bring the largest trout in the stream to the surface to take advantage of this abundant food source.

Mr. & Mrs. Stonefly
Mr. & Mrs. Stonefly

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.

 

 

 

Cherry Run in Winter
Cherry Run in Winter

Other Streams

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.

 

 

Project Healing Waters

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.

Dave McMullen & Joe Humphreys with Veterans
Dave McMullen & Joe Humphreys with Veterans
Joe Humphreys relaxing with Vets after fishing
Joe Humphreys relaxing with Vets after fishing

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.

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.

CVTU Members Tying Flies at the Dining Room Table
CVTU Members Tying Flies at the Dining Room Table

 

 

 

 

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.