American Fly Fishing

A Trout Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma
By Ralph Scherder

One of my earliest fishing memories is of driving across the bridge in Oil City, Pennsylvania, as caddisflies plastered the windshield. They were everywhere, huge clouds of them high above the water. It was late April and the Grannoms were in full swing on Oil Creek.

            With a name like Oil Creek, you wouldn’t expect this stream to offer great hatches or quality fly fishing. In that regard, Oil Creek defies logic. Sure, it has weathered the typical environmental woes and suffered for the sake of “progress.” A look at the area’s history is enough to give one pause, and yet, despite that, Oil Creek has emerged as a quality fishery, if not one of the top fishing destinations in western Pennsylvania.