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Penns Creek Report

Since I was in Penn's Valley on Sunday, 5 November, on other business, I drove to Coburn to take a look at Penn's Creek. I pretty much expected to see the water roiled and turbid, but it was green and flowing at very fishable levels. Penn's Creek is in fine shape for a late season trip before the weather gets truly cold. Little spawning takes place in Penn's Creek, so chasing fish off redds is much less a consideration than on Spring or Fishing Creeks.

It is a little late in the season to see much hatching, but there may be a few stray Baetis or Slate Drakes around. If a fish rises for the next few months, however, it is probable that midges are the cause. Your best bet for moving fish would be a deeply drifted nymph. A Perla (Golden) Stone has always been a top choice for taking fish on this big limestoner, and with the increased flow, #8 or #10 flies should work well. Streamers should get time as well.


Penns Creek Stream Gauge