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You call Crappie a Calico Bass!
If you call a Night Crawler a Night Walker.Do you also use Perch Bugs there in the NEPA and actually purchase the Perch Bugs from bait shops yet? The Perch Bug was one of the outstanding bait.. I use to get these nymphs myself using a half of a window screen in ponds around Miners Mills/Parsons. You can't get Perch Bugs in bait shops in SCPA around Harrisburg, Pa.. I wonder how the use of these two unique names Calico and the Night Walker started in North Eastern Pa?
 

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My dad calls them night walkers too. I use both terms for crappie and night crawlers. My wife is trying to brake my slang. Like crick or creek. It's called Bear Creek but I have always heard Bear Crick.
 

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I grew up in NEPA and never use the terms you mentioned nor do I hear them often. I sometimes hear people call small months calicos.
 

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I worked in a tackle shop here in the SE and heard night crawler 60% with night walker the other 40%(even with night crawler on the bait menu LOL).

Crappies by several names calico, papermouth, specks and even strawberry bass(he was a transplant from Florida). Crappie was most common unless it was Sunday after the fishing shows then they used the Southern croppie
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Being in "dutch" country I always thought crick was ours
 

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How about Clippers?

Helgramites - the larval stage of the Dobson Fly (a.k.a. smallmouth crack)

The local term is Clippers,,

back in the day - oldtimers would catch a few and put them in their hats, atop their head. When they needed one - they would pull and tug - and get a bug - with a few strands of hair grabbed by the bugs big nast mandibles - hence the term "Clippers"
 

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In Wyoming county when the river was real low.. We would turn over the wet rocks and get all kinds of Helgramites.. They were a good smallmouth bait..
 

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uncle buck said:
You call Crappie a Calico Bass!
If you call a Night Crawler a Night Walker.Do you also use Perch Bugs there in the NEPA and actually purchase the Perch Bugs from bait shops yet? The Perch Bug was one of the outstanding bait.. I use to get these nymphs myself using a half of a window screen in ponds around Miners Mills/Parsons. You can't get Perch Bugs in bait shops in SCPA around Harrisburg, Pa.. I wonder how the use of these two unique names Calico and the Night Walker started in North Eastern Pa? [/quo

Your really from the Wyoming Valley if you ever fished Blue Waters for Calico's! Heyna????
 

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I remember Barbachi's out in Orange Pa.. We were camping there and the owner said "Why don't you take a mess of those Crappies out of this pond?".. "If you don't want them take them up to the woods and bury them." the pond was filled with them.. We just never realized what a awesome Crappie fishery we had at Fantas and Barbachis for Calicos aka Crappies.. I would like to return there someday if it's still open to the public..
 

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How about Clippers?

Helgramites - the larval stage of the Dobson Fly (a.k.a. smallmouth crack)

The local term is Clippers,,

back in the day - oldtimers would catch a few and put them in their hats, atop their head. When they needed one - they would pull and tug - and get a bug - with a few strands of hair grabbed by the bugs big nast mandibles - hence the term "Clippers"
My granpa did that. I passed on it and settled for my bait can. Living on the Suskie sure had its advantages. All the Clippers, smallies, and channel cats I could handle. Except for the Butler Mine Tunnel ruining the coast of Port Griffith.
 

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icemole said:
Being in "dutch" country I always thought crick was ours
People say "crick" in Centre County also. I think "crick" is pretty common across PA. And maybe in other states too?

BTW, the usage I grew up with was to call small streams "cricks" and larger ones "creeks."
 

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Still use the terms night walkers, calico, clippers, and crick lol.

My father and grandfather would put clippers in their hats, I also passed on that tradition...
 

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Pa might make fun of how people talk in different parts of the USA. However wow our lingo in all 67 counties can be almost that we don't understand each other. "HEY YOUS GUYS!" "YOUINS" people just 100 miles away say those two things and it means the same thing.. Take the color Yellow... I have heard certain Pa counties call Yellow = YELLER! and then YELLERAN too. Maybe pa should not cut people down when they say FIXIN or YALL!!!
 

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In 1972 I moved from Wilkes Barre to Harrisburg for a job.. A new friend showed me how to use Velvetta Cheese for trout season.. I never used that in NEPA before... I returned to NEPA to fish with a friend at Noxen in Bowmans Creek.. I was armed with my new found trout bait.. Cheese... I got my limit within 1 hour on the bait 100 miles is the only distance from these two points and you would think everyone at the time would have known about using velvetta cheese.. Now thanks to the internet and sites like huntingpa.. Pa are passing all kinds of hunting and fishing how to to all 67 counties of Pa...
 

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Northern New York they are called strawberry bass, my unklel says they bite best when the wild strawberries are in bloom
 
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