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

Latest Catches and Social Media Updates

Updated fishing report !!! Needless to say that in most cases the water levels are low from a lack of rain and they are crystal clear as well. This hasn't slowed the fishing down though as we have had customers report nice catches of chain pickerel over at Canoe Creek Lake on large shiners. I'm talking about Chain Pickerel in the 20+ range with the largest reported to be almost 28". That's a really good sized fish. Both Large mouth and Small mouth Bass are still feeding aggressively and are gulping down large shiners, Green Nitro Crawlers and Hellgrammites. The success for bass seems to be all over. Canoe Creek Lake, Little J, Frankstown branch and the Juniata River. Spring Creek, Big Bald Eagle, Yellow Creek and the Little J are still fishing well for trout. Both the white caterpillars as well as the green caterpillars are doing well and bringing the fish up to the top. Up in the gorge, clear down through Barree are producing some exciting fishing, both on top as well as underneath. Soft Hackle Hare's Ear's as well as soft hackle pheasant tails are producing hard strikes. A size 18 tan caddis dry has also been a go to fly on the Little J. The temperatures are getting cooler and more comfortable and the fishing are on the feed to beef up for winter so now is a prime time to get out and relax a little. We wish everyone an exciting and memorable outdoor adventure on your next trip. Stay safe and take in the scenery and fresh air. Thank you to all our followers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dwayne EgerFrom canoe creek two weeks ago close 30 inch

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Richard StoehrReally like reading your comments, they are very helpful. Did you ever think about have a guided fishing tour like on canoe creek. Just a thought

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Seadub WynnThanks for the info!

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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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