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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THE GRANNOMS ARE HATCHING !!!! A customer came in this morning and handed me a container with three live Grannom Caddis in it (of course the lid was on the container) and to my surprise, they were Grannom Caddis. Many of you may know or have heard of "Birddog", his nickname, as he works in the sporting goods department at Wal-Mart over at their East Freedom store. He was up on the Big Bald Eagle yesterday near Milesburg and stated that about 10'o'clock yesterday morning thousands of these bugs were coming off the stream and the trout went into a feeding frenzy. He said the hatch continued most of yesterday afternoon, some times heavier than others, Birddog said he caught a total of 37 trout, all browns, in the 14 to 17 inch range. He said he thought they were Grannoms but caught several specimens to bring into us just to make sure they were in fact Grannoms. They were indeed. Size 14 to be exact. I'm not sure if the colder temperatures are going to slow them down or not but we are expecting some heavy rain over the next 48 hours which will definately affect the water conditions. Spring has arrived !!! Dust off the fly rod, grab your Grannoms and head up to the Big Bald Eagle near Milesburg. It's time to match the hatch !!! ... See MoreSee Less

Was on the Frankstown Branch (across the street from the shop) yesterday (Opening Day) . Gorgeous weather (70+ degrees), but zero bugs until dusk, when the mosquitoes came out. Lots of them. Unfortunately, no risers.

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I know him grew up together , great fisherman.

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Aquatic Imitations
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Creg Strock‘s Own

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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