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Kevin Trager Memorial Fly Fishing Trip

Quick! When you think of State College Pennsylvania, what comes to mind? Nittany Lions, the Amish, and coal mines? Close! How about world-classfly fishing and more trout streams than you can shake a stick at. That's right, central Pennsylvania holds a well-deserved reputation for outstanding wild trout populations, prolific hatches, and over 100 trout streams within an hour's drive.

This year, for our 4th annual trip, we have a 5,000 sf cabin with beds for 12 on the banks of Big Fishing Creek near Mill Hall, PA. Mid-May is Sulpher and Green Drake time (mayfly hatches) so expect some excellent dry fly action!

Novice and experts are welcome. Fish as little or as much as you like.

Here is the plan: 

  • Thursday, May 18 – Depart Second Presbyterian Church, 5:30 a.m. (8 hour drive) Settle into cabin, afternoon/evening fish
  • Friday, May 19 – Half-day guided trip (guides are optional but highly recommended if you are new to the area or fly fishing). Fish at leisure in the afternoon/evening
  • Saturday, May 20 – Optional half or full day guided trip Fish at leisure
  • Sunday, May 21 – Fish at leisure in AM. Leave for Indy by noon. Arrive at Second Pres by 9 p.m. 

Spiritual Development: Besides excellent trout fishing, the purpose of the weekend is to provide opportunities to deepen our faith and get to know each other better. Each day the team will be leading inspiring faith discussions.

Meals: we will cook our own food in the cabin and bring food to eat streamside.

What to bring: waders, fly rod & reel, fly vest. Flies can be purchased ahead of time online (very cheaply) or locally. If you are interested and don’t have gear, please let us know.

Guides: totally optional but highly recommended so you get the most from your experience. Full or half day options are available on Friday and Saturday. ½ day trips are $175 ea+ tip. Full day trips are $212 ea + tip.

Costs: estimate $300 - $350. If you want a guide for ½ day, add $175+ tip.  Final costs will be based on actual expenses. To reserve your spot, $100 is required by Wed, April 15th. Space is limited to 12 people. Father/ son combos are fine for mature high school or older kids. Make checks out to Second Presbyterian with “fishing trip” in memo line.

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Questions? Contact Steve Haigh (317) 459-8562 or Jim Riley (317) 432-6644


Cabin: We have reserved the Limestone Lodge on the banks of Big Fishing Creek with beds for 12 people, full kitchen, game room with pool table, big yard that leads to the river, hot tub, and deck. Fish as much or as little as you want right out the door. Click Here

Videos from previous trips:



Kevin Trager - many of you know Kevin who attended our trips to Arkansas and to North Carolina. Kevin was an avid fly fisherman, wonderful dad and father, friend and all around great guy. We lost Kevin this past year and want to keep him close in our hearts and memories as we fish together this spring.

Spire Article on Kevin: [It's on page 28]

Hope to see you there!