Our final river to fish in PA this year was Spruce Creek. We had the incredible pleasure of fishing it with Andy Wagner of Livin on the Fly. The day before we fished Spruce Creek, we took a very special trip to Penns Creek with Andy. He promised if we worked hard fishing Penns he’d take us to “Disneyland” (his name for Spruce Creek). He spoke of big fish, easy wading and spectacular scenery. He wasn’t kidding!!!
He forewarned us that when the Spruce Creek fish hit, we’d have to be ready for a fight, but to fight back. In my first few casts, an over 20″ brown took my fly and the fight was on. I lost. In a few more casts, a 20″ rainbow hit and schooled me. Slow learner? Perhaps…. but not Barb. Soon she was landing a gorgeous 21″ brown that she fought hard and long. It just continued from there…. Disneyland for sure.
In his interview, Andy talks about Spruce Creek as a fishery and how its become this amazing fishing stream. He also discusses why his “local” water, Penns Creek, is so very special. Andy is a guide who not only knows his fishing tools and techniques, but more importantly, is intimately connected to the places and people where he guides and fishes. Being able to not only fish these beautiful trout streams, but to “see” them through his eyes and mind, made fishing with Andy incredibly special. If you come to central PA, make sure to grab Andy for a trip to Disneyland, Penns Creek and all the local waters. In the meantime, enjoy our interview with Andy from the banks of Spruce Creek.