Full service bait & tackle shop and fly shop in Blair County

Aquatic Imitations is a full service bait & tackle shop located in Blair County, PA

Aquatic Imitations is the closest Blair County Bait and Tackle Shop to Canoe Creek State Park and on your way to either the Little Juniata River or Raystown Lake. We are conveniently located in the “Meilnik’s Shopping Village” along Route 22 in Frankstown Township, just outside of downtown Hollidaysburg and minutes from Canoe Creek State Park.

Aquatic Imitations is a full service live bait supplier offering Nightcrawlers, Baby Nightcrawlers, Red Worms, Meal Worms (Red and Gold), Wax Worms, Fathead Minnows, and Shiners.

We stock a wide variety of fishing tackle from rods and reels, Berkley Power Bait, Rooster Tail Spinners, Rebel and Rapala lures, hooks, spilt shot and much much more.

Our Fly Fishing selection consists of quality hand tied flies, tippet material, tapered leaders, strike indicators, fly dressing, and a selection of quality fly rods (Fenwick, St. Croix). We stock a huge selection of Whiting Farms hackle, and are the only Fly Shop in the area having Brahma Hen Soft Hackle w/Chickabou, a must for tying the infamous Taboo Caddis Emerger pattern.

Aquatic Imitations is Open Year Round
For All Your Fishing Tackle Needs Including:

  • Nightcrawlers
  • Meal Worms
  • Butter Worms
  • Hand Tied Flies
  • Fly Tying Supplies
  • Hellgrammites
  • Rosy Reds
  • Fatheads
  • Shiners
  • Red Worms
  • Wax Worms
  • Tackle

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Aquatic Imitations

Got to actually wet a line so to speak on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Poured rain on Tuesday and by the end of the day, I'm not sure who was wetter, the fish or me. The rain jacket was good for about an hour and then soaked completely through. Then my shirt and t-shirt. Good thing for my chest waders, they kept the bottom half of me dry, well almost. After the shirt and t-shirt got saturated they kind of dripped down to my lower extremeties. Not soaked but definately damp. I did manage to catch three nice native browns though, all on Gary LaFontaine's Deep Sparkle Caddis Pupua. This was the first time I had ever fished the George Harvey section of Spruce Creek and I can say I was impressed with the quality of the stream. Wednesday was much better, both weather wise and with the number of fish that came to the net. A total of 11 for the day, a mix of browns, rainbows and one brookie. A size 18 bead head pheasant tail nymph with Lively Legs, the caddis pupua and a pink glow bug were the tickets to success. I finally got to field test two new rods that Mr. Dave Thomas custom built for me. The first was a 6' bamboo 3 weight that cast like a dream and handled all the fish I hooked on it but one. It was too big and ran into the fast water, turned sideways in the current and snapped me off.
The 9' 5 weight "Rain Shadow" rod casted like a dream and handled all the fish I hooked on it very well. I am highly impressed with both the rods. This coming Sunday is the first "FREE FISHING DAY" where you don't need a license or trout stamp. The second free fishing day will be on the 4th of July. If you have the opportunity, take advantage of these days and enjoy the sport of fishing. You may even hook into a lunker.
Best of luck to all our angling friends and I hope you enjoy your next time out as much as I enjoyed the past two days.
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Congratulations on your fish. Glad you got the chance to go. I cannot find the video of you tying the fl pink BHPT. Did you take down the videos or move them? Anyhow looking forward to hearing from you.

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In the late spring of 2014, one of our customers, Mr. Bill Lightner, that had been badly bitten by the “Fly Fishing” bug stated that he had always fished with live Hellgrammites and Stoney Cats for bass and had always had great success with them. He told me that he had searched different fly shops as well as the internet but couldn’t find any acceptable patterns that had been developed to duplicate these two proven live baits. Bill asked if we could develop a fly that could closely duplicate these two baits. As an accomplished fly tier of 50 years + experience, we set to task the development of a Hellgrammite pattern that could be used on a fly rod.

Needless to say, numerous attempts were made with a wide variety of materials and with Bill’s critique and suggestions we finally came up with a pattern we felt the fish would accept as being close to the real thing. Now came the actual field testing of the pattern and as the saying goes, “The fish will tell you what they want”. Bill and I took a trip down to the Mt. Union area of the Juniata River equipped with a dozen of the newly developed Hellgrammite patterns.

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