Penns Creek

State College, Pennsylvania

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Famous for great green drakes and big browns. Penns Creek is a long drink of water. Rising in Penns Cave, the creek cuts down across a broad farming valley before colliding with the flank of Big Poe Mountain. The height of land turns the stream to the northeast but at Coburn it finds a rift in the mountains. Here it enters a tight and very scenic valley, the lower stretch of which is inaccessible by road but followed by an abandoned railroad grade. Emerging from the mountains at Cherry Run, Penns begins to wind and warm as it courses through a Weikert on its way to the Susquehanna River at Selinsgrove. The mileage from Spring Mills to Cherry Valley is considered to be Penns Creek’s best trout water due to the rejuvenating powers of numerous limestone springs and spring-fed creeks that cool the flow and add to the volume. Most of the distance is accessible to anglers, but little, excepting the course upstream from Cherry Run, is in public hands. Permission to fish may not be required on all private land, but it never hurts to ask. Species: Brown. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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"Famous for great green drakes and big browns. Penns Creek is a long drink of water. Rising in Penns Cave, the creek cuts down across a broad farming valley before colliding with the flank of Big Poe Mountain. The height of land turns the stream to the northeast but at Coburn it finds a rift in the mountains. Here it enters a tight and very scenic valley, the lower stretch of which is inaccessible by road but followed by an abandoned railroad grade.

Emerging from the mountains at Cherry Run, Penns begins to wind and warm as it courses through a Weikert on its way to the Susquehanna River at Selinsgrove. The mileage from Spring Mills to Cherry Valley is considered to be Penns Creek’s best trout water due to the rejuvenating powers of numerous limestone springs and spring-fed creeks that cool the flow and add to the volume. Most of the distance is accessible to anglers, but little, excepting the course upstream from Cherry Run, is in public hands. Permission to fish may not be required on all private land, but it never hurts to ask. Species: Brown. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: State College
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Pennsylvania DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Penns Creek

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May 2018