Green Spring Creek Fly Fishing Guiding and
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Green Spring Creek outside of Newville, Pennsylvania has also had a rough time
the last 30 years. The stream suffers from sedimentation from farming as well as chemicals and urbanization on
some stretches. There is also a commercial hatchery at the source of one of the branches that contributes high
amounts of organics. At one time the stream had a great Sulfur hatch. The stream still has Sulfurs as well as
Blue Winged Olives and a few caddis but they no longer emerge in the blizzard fashion of yesteryear. Cress
bugs and scuds dominate many areas of the stream bottom. The fly area is also heavily poached in some
sections. The stream can however furnish some decent fishing on any given day. Because of its decline it is
not fished as heavily as it once was. (Photo shows fly zone stretch on Green Spring,
Newville PA right of the bridge).
Green Spring visually is a cross between the Letort and Big Spring. It shares areas that look like
they belong on Big Spring and other areas look like you are on the Letort. Other areas of the stream resemble a
kindy of milky limestone stream that is not a total spring creek. Light plays a major role in finding fish on this
stream. Part of the fly section is open while across the bridge there is a more wooded area. The stream has enough
deep holes and stretches that look like it should hold some big fish. But in recent years I have no news of anyone catching a big
brown. I believe more poaching occurs on this stream than most because the stream has stretches that are
isolated. It's too bad because there is just something very fishy about Green Spring waters. (This stretch is right before the bridge on Green Spring on Bullshead Rd)
Directions to Green Spring
Green Spring is located a few miles west of Newville off of route 641 known as Green Spring Rd. You
make right onto Bullshead Rd. and follow it to Green Spring. I have 2 maps which are in PDF to help you find the
stream. The first map is highway map and the second is a topo map.
Highway Map to Green
Topo Map to Green
Green Spring Evaluation
Overall Ecological Condition: 2 out of 5
Fishery: 1.5 out of 5
Hatches: 2 out of 5
Fly Fishing Pressure: 3.5 out of 5 (higher number is better because it means less anglers)
Fly Anglers' Success Ratio 2.5 out of 5 (note this refers to a skilled fly angler)
Overall score 2.3 out of 5
Green Spring Notes
On any given day Green Spring could give you a nice days fishing. I would like to think that some
of that fishy water still has some nice size browns in it! You'll catch some decent fish on any given day and
usually you won't find to many people fishing there. It's definitely worth a few hours of your time. Remember I'm
evaluating these streams on rigorous standard. This is to give you some perspective and comparison of all the
spring creeks in the valley. I like streamers to find fish in some sections that look fishy. Try the stream early
in the morning you might get a surprise.