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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2017, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Penns Creek, Centre County, 6/6/17

I arrived at Penns at about 2:00 and before I could even hit the water I saw two snakes. This would be a theme for the day. Both of them were black snakes and both were about the same size. A good 4' or more.



Large BWO's were hatching and I had my first fish within about 5-10 minutes of stepping foot in the water. I had a good idea that I was going to have a good day.





The BWO's turned off briefly due to the sun coming out. Being stubborn, I decided to walk and look for rising fish rather than putting on a nymph. As I was walking along the stream I came across a turtle, which I though was pretty cool because I don't see them that often.



I continued down the stream and had a mink walk right in front of me, then stop to stare at me for a little while. Pretty cool! look in the top left of the picture.



A thunderstorm showed up, then another, that's when the fishing started getting good. Light Cahills began to hatch around 4:30 and I was able to take fish all evening using various emerger (suplhur) and dun patterns. Cahills don't get nearly the credit they deserve for bringing fish to the surface. I have had many great evenings fishing Cahill and no one really talks too much about them.



I had walked quite a ways (as I normally do) and crossed the stream a few times to do so. I didn't want to be doing that in the dark so I started working my way back to a pool that was closer to my truck. Stopping when I saw rising fish and picking them off then moving on. As I was walking back I came across another turtle, but this one was much larger and looked to be guarding, or laying, eggs. I think it's a snapping turtle.



I got back to the pool that I had in my mind to fish and the fishing was dead, no risers at all. I decided to wait it out, and I'm glad I did, because when it turned on it was great. I told my self one last fish because it was getting hard to see and I was basically blind setting. Then I got a take I could see and set the hook for the last fish of the night and here he is.



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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2017, 09:56 AM
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Very nice, I was there last week. I took my wife along and I was letting her use my 5wt which resulted in me breaking my 3wt in half on a nice brown (still managed to land the fish) Any Green Drakes still around? You're right the cahills are good.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2017, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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No, Drakes are done for another year....
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2017, 12:01 PM
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Dang look at all that wildlife!!! Penns is a pretty special place. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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Nice!!

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very nice pics and wildlife
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 11:24 AM
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That first turtle is a wood turtle. They're fairly common. They often lay their eggs in the ashes of the old railroad bed that follows Penns Creek. I've often seen the leathery shells in the ashes after the little ones have hatched.

The second turtle is in fact a snapping turtle. I think there is actually one egg showing in the photo. Once they lay their eggs they move on. There's no guarding of the nest. The little turtles are on their own once they hatch.

You're lucky the snakes you saw were black snakes and not rattlesnakes. There are a fair number of rattlers there.

Mink are very common along Penns Creek. You can often find piles of crayfish remains on the rocks along the stream where one has been dining. I once saw a mink drag a still-struggling wild brown trout of about 10" or more out of a riffle and down along the rocky bank through the sedges for a good 75 yards.

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Nice pictures but just not a snake fan......any snake!

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