What do you get for the dad who has everything? How about a weekend of relaxation in the greatoutdoors? Fly fishing on a lake or in a river is far better than the traditional tie. Whether Dad is looking for a weekend with the boys or the whole family, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures can be your gateway to some of the best fly fishing on Spring Creek, Big Fishing Creek, Penns Creek, Spruce Creek and the Little Juniata River near State College in central Pennsylvania.
While Yellow Dog schedules destination-based angling adventures, arranges fly fishing guides and accommodations in the central part of the state, the employees at TCO Fly Shop will help ensure that your trip runs smoothly and as planned.
The relationship is mutual and ultimately benefits visitors to the wild and scenic waterways famed for their fishing opportunities.
“The guys at Yellow Dog are just fantastic to work with. They are very friendly and helpful, and they take care of everything,” said Paul Weamer, manager of TCO Fly Shop's State College location. “Yellow Dog stresses on your behalf, so you won't feel stressed before or during your trip.”
Your guide from TCO Fly Shop will show you some of the best fly fishing spots and demonstrate proven techniques to reel in the “big one,” so you and Dad can angle in on some of the renowned wild trout that call Big Fishing Creek home. Expect to catch 16-inch brown trout and 12-inch native brook trout, but also be on the lookout for the “leviathan” brown trout.
"Many guests have referred to central Pa. as a hidden gem," said Weamer, who called the region the "perfect place to relax."
Guided wade fishing trips for one or two people for a full day (eight hours) cost $325 including lunch, snacks and beverages. A half day (four hour) tour costs $275 and includes snacks and beverages. Rods, reels and waders are included free of charge when booking a guided trip. And don’t forget to bring your fishing licenses and make sure they include trout stamps. If you don’t have a fishing license, however, they are available at TCO Fly Shop, along with flies, leaders, tippets and anything else you might need to reel in that leviathan.
TCO, incidentally, is short for Tulpehocken Creek Outfitters, the original name of the store. The word "Tulpehocken" is Iroquois for "the Stream of Snapping Turtles," but "that was just too difficult to say,” according to Tony Gehman, who has successfully launched five fly shops in Pennsylvania, including the State College location.
After a big day of fishing, relax at The Guest House at Longmeadow located on a 52-acre farm on Big Fishing Creek. An eclectic mix of antiques and modern furnishings give this rural inn a rustic yet luxurious feel. Its remodeled 1880s farmhouse features four bedrooms, a library and a professional cook's kitchen for frying up the day’s catch.
If you are truly serious about cooking up your catches for dinner, you can fill your pantry with farm fresh, locally-grown produce, free range eggs, and artisan breads and cheeses from the Amish markets and roadside stands that are common throughout the area.
Going out is always an option, of course, and State College is home to the Elk Creek Café and Aleworks, agreat little place where Dad can select one of the crafted microbrews on tap and listen to some live blues. The cuisine served at this restaurant is described as "Nouveau Dutchie," and includes sandwiches, steaks and fries. Take a growler of beer back to the Guest House if you wish.
Renting the entire Longmeadow guest house for the weekend will set you back $250 per night plus taxes. The price includes the use of four bedrooms and the home can sleep up to eight people. Check-in is at 3pm, so you can fish for a bit before you settle in. Check-out is at noon.
So round up the family or the guys and take a well deserved rest from those fatherly duties at Big Fishing Creek near State College. You'll be sure to kindle some memories that will get bigger every time you talk about them.