Pennsylvania Fly Fishing

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Overview of Major Pennsylvania Trout Streams and River

Spruce Creek
This limestone creek is full of big fish and has some great hatches. Though much of Hungtington County’s Spruce Creek flows through private land, it is worth mentioning because it is one of Pennsylvania’s legendary limestoners. Few streams have as many hatches. And there are plenty of wild fish, mostly browns, though most of them are crowded by stocked (and well-fed) hogs put in by private landowners and fishing clubs.

Spruce Creek, not far from State College has public water at the George Harvey/Penn State section near the town of Spruce Creek. Most of the fish in this small section are wild browns, but lunkers do wander from private fishing leases upstream and downstream of the public water.

The insect activity list is long, but to wet your palette, here is a sample: Light Cahills, Tricos, many caddis species, Green Drakes, Sulfurs, and Blue-winged Olives. The Trico hatch in August can be an exciting one, as spinner falls are often thick over gulping trout. Try Charlie Meck’s weighted Trico technique, to get your fly to stand out among the hundreds of spinners on the surface.

A deadly Spruce Creek combination is a Patriot or other big, bushy attractor dry with a bead-head olive caddis tied on the hook bend as a dropper. Many of the browns and rainbows will often take the dropper on the way down from refusal of the dry; however, some will try the large surface offering.

Spring Creek
This stream has plenty of wild browns including some real hogs. Spring Creek in Center County, near State College, PA, is a big limestone spring creek with plenty of large, wild browns along with some great insect hatches.

The most appealing and exciting characteristic of Spring Creek is that is it a wild-trout fishery. The last trout stocking came in 1981 and, after the creek was ruled too polluted and contaminated to eat fish (by the chemicals Kepone and Mirex), a no-kill policy was instituted. The creek is now full of foot-long wild fish (rainbows and browns) with plenty of 16-inchers and quite a few hogs in the high-20-inch range.

Perhaps the most popular spot on Spring Creek is Fisherman’s Paradise, a one-mile fly-fishing-only, catch-and-release stretch, that angling teachers George Harvey and Joe Humphreys (pictured above) used for years as their onstream classroom. The Paradise is a slow, clear flowing section that much more resembles the smooth surfaces of the LeTort and Falling Spring Branch. This section’s fish are wary, namely because they get heavily fished, but also because of the lack of broken water and cover. A picnic area along Paradise makes it a popular place.

While Paradise is a place worth seeing and testing out you dry-fly skills with 7X tippets, don’t get stuck on those fish for too long. There are plenty of other areas worth your while that offer solitude, more fishable water with riffles and runs, and more aggressive fish; some you can drive to, others require a few minutes on the path. From Spring Creek’s headwaters in Boalsburg, down to where it meets Cedar Run, there is plenty of good water. See local flyshops for more information.

Pollution has ruined the once great Green Drake hatch on Spring Creek, but there are still good hatches of Blue-winged Olives, Light Cahills, Sulfurs, caddis, Tricos, and midges. The spring Sulfur hatch is probably the creek’s biggest event and it usually starts in mid-May, hits its peak in June, and continues sporadically into the fall. Trout feed on midges throughout the year.

LeTort Spring Run
LeTort Spring Run is a special limestone spring creek in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, namely for its smart, wild browns and beautiful water-cress laden banks. The smooth-flowing LeTort has been the focus of many anglers for many decades, and hopefully–if urban growth can coincide with conservation efforts, many more.

It was on the LeTort that legendary anglers Charles K. Fox and Vincent C. Marinaro spent countless hours experimenting with new techniques and fly patterns that were needed to get the attention of the spring’s wily trout. Today, well-known anglers Ed Koch, Ed Shenk (creator of the LeTort Hopper), and many others continue to use the LeTort as their classroom.

“All of it began when, as a young man from the raw mountain country of western Pennsylvania, I looked for the first time on the fair face of the LeTort and neighboring limestone streams of the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania. I knew instinctively that these waters were very different from anything I had hitherto known. They had a rich, fertile look about them that contained the promise of great fulfillment in the way of fishing pleasure.”
–Vincent C. Marinaro,A Modern Dry-Fly Code, 1970

The LeTort is most famous for its terrestrial fishing–ants, beetles, crickets, hoppers, and jassids (leaf-hoppers)–and many patterns were developed there. These include the LeTort Hopper and LeTort Cricket, to name a few, and are used today the world over.

Though the LeTort is not known for heavy hatches, it does have its share of dry-fly fishing. Early-season Sulfur and Blue-winged Olive hatches get the fish’s attention as well as a good Trico hatch in the summer. Midges keep the trout on a feed during the warm months and as well as into the colder seasons. Traditional Catskill flies don’t fare to well on the LeTort. Marinaro learned this quickly and was inspired to develop the thorax-style duns that he found much more effective.

Perhaps more important than mayflies are the LeTort’s freshwater crustaceans; sowbugs and scuds. These foods inhabit the area’s spring creeks and provide nutrient-rich food for trout year-round. Because the LeTort is a spring creek, water temperatures remain stable year-round and trout remain fairly active.

Thought the LeTort has been invaded by urban development, it is still a must-see for anglers. When standing on its banks, you can’t help but think of some of the legends that have stood in the same spot, with the same problem: “Man, that fish is tough; let’s see if . . .” It is mystical.

Clarks Creek
Just fifteen minutes from Harrisburg (Pennsylvania’s capitol) lies a little freestoner named Clarks Creek. Nestled in PA State Gamelands, Clarks offers anglers some quick solitude from city life.

Clarks, which runs about 20 miles, enters the Susquehanna River near Dauphin. It is paralleled by PA 325, which makes access relatively easy. Trout are stocked almost the entire length of Clarks Creek, but the most important section for fly rodder is the 1.9-mile Delayed Harvest, fly-fishing-only stretch on PA 325. This Delayed Harvest section has some nice fly-fishing water–a combination of riffles, slow pools, and runs. Trees provide good shade and cover, but can make casting a bit difficult. Long leaders and stealth are a must for this stretch, even for some of the stockers. The stream here, approximately 30 or 40 feet wide, holds stocked browns, some spunky holdovers, and even some native brookies.

Coldwater releases from a dam on the DeHart Reservoir provide refuge for trout during the warmer summer months. Possibly the stream’s most popular activity is its green inch worm “hatch” in late May and June. A Green Weenie or sinking version as the Flashing Rubber Weenie can make trout go mad and is sometimes all that they will take.

Other hatches include Hendricksons, Sulfurs, March Browns, Light Cahills, and caddis. Midges always seem to take trout as well as terrestrials.

Yellow Breeches
Yellow Breeches at Allenberry Resort and Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA, is the place to be in late August and early September for the famous White Fly hatch. During late August and into September, Yellow Breeches, near Boiling Springs, PA, can be the state’s most popular and crowded stream. That is when the great White Fly hatch is on, and everyone wants in on the action.

The White Fly comes off right before dark and the Breeches’ brown and rainbow trout become very aggressive, both on and below the surface. Try a White Fly emerger or nymph when you see the duns start to come off. Though you’ll see some fish on the surface, the bigger ones will take easier offerings deeper or in the film. The best time to fish the surface is during the spinner fall when the trout gorge themselves.

Much bigger than other limestone streams in the area, the Breeches is fed by both limestone spring and freestone tributaries. Because of its size, the Breeches does not resemble a typical slow-moving spring creek, nor does it sustain the cool temperatures in the warmer months as do other spring-fed streams. As a matter of fact, during the warmer summer months, much of the Breeches gets too warm for really good fishing.

One stretch, however, does provide good year-round fishing: the catch-and-release section from Boiling Springs Lake down to the Allenberry Inn and Playhouse. Cold water from the lake keeps this area fishing well during the summer. This stretch is by far the most popular and if you don’t like elbow-to-elbow fishing, try the stream’s other stretches from the town of Boiling Springs down to Williams Grove.

One nice feature about Yellow Breeches is its accessibility from the road. The 30 miles of the stream is paralleled by roads PA 174 and Creek Road and there are several car pullouts. The catch-and-release section mentioned above also has ample angler parking.

All of the water mentioned above is stocked water–browns, rainbows, and some brookies–though there is some natural reproduction in the colder sections near Boiling Springs Lake.

Beyond the White Fly event in the late summer, the Breeches has pretty decent hatches. Little Black Stones and tan caddis are good bets in March and into May, as well as Little Blue-winged Olives (BWO), Blue Quills, and Hendricksons in the latter part of April and into May. By mid-May, Sulfurs appear and slightly larger BWO’s, Slate Drakes, and Gray Fox. In the summer, starting around mid-June, Cahills appear along with Yellow Drakes and Tricos. The summer also provides some nice terrestrial fishing with ant and beetle patterns. Tricos continue into late August. Midges work well throughout most of the year and streamer and sculpin patterns are effective during high water.

Tulpehocken
Tulpehocken Creek’s four-mile Delayed Harvest section starts at the dam at Blue Marsh and ends at red covered bridge.

Tulpehocken Creek in Berks County, near Reading, PA, is a tailwater stream that offers good trout fishing throughout the season, including the warmer summer months. Bottom releases from the dam at Blue Marsh Lake keep water temperatures suitable for trout survival and limestone springs keep the water nutrient rich and full of food.

The Tulpehocken is a picturesque Pennsylvania fishery. The end of its four-mile Delayed Harvest section (starts at the dam at Blue Marsh) is marked by a long, beautiful red covered bridge (in photo) and a park that attracts walkers, bikers, and picnic goers. Fishing can be crowded, especially in the spring.

The Tulpehocken is mostly a stocked fishery of fingerling browns and rainbows, but fish grow fast and holdover well. Twelve-inch fish are common, and there are plenty of 16-inch and larger fish. Fish the moving water for trout; you’ll find mostly panfish, bass, and plenty of big carp in the river’s warmer, slower stretches.

The Tulpehocken’s spring Sulfur hatch is its most notable mayfly hatch. Late summer often yields a decent Trico hatch, and caddis hatches are plentiful throughout the season.

On a recent trip, we saw many aerial carp. Most likely spawning, these beasts soared into the air before finishing off their show with a mighty splash and re-entry. Don’t let this sight deter your hope for trout, there are plenty of them in the Tulpehocken too. And if it is your thing, hooking into one of 10-pound carp on a 5-weight can be a blast.


Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Articles
Basic Mayfly Anatomy
http://www.flyfisher.com/Stream_Entomology.html
Fishing Trout Streamers in PA
PA anglers discuss streamer fishing on their favorite streams
www.totalflyfishing.com/articles/fishing-trout-with-streamers-in-pennsylvania
Fly Fishing Small Streams
about small stream fishing in PA; from http://flyfishersparadise.com/
flyfishersparadise.com/articles/old/small_stream.html
Flyfisher.com
flyfisher.com
Keystone Flyfishers
www.geocities.com/keystoneflyfishers
Lore of the Lure
www.flyfisherman.com/northeast/LoreoftheLure/index.html
May Striper Hotspots
Some of the best purebred and hybrid striper fishing in the Northeast can be found on Pennsylvania’s inland lakes.
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa054404a
Mental Fish
dedicated to flyfishing PA
world.cs.com/archflytie
PA Council Trout Unlimited
the web site of Pennsylvania Trout, the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited.
www.patrout.org
PA Fish Boat Commission
PFBC Main Page
sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Fish_Boat/pfbchom2.html
PA Fish & Boat Commission Special Regulation Areas
sites.state.pa.us/Fish/specreg.htm
Pennsylvania Aquatic Insects
paaquaticfliesrus.bd.psu.edu
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
PFBC Main Page
sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Fish_Boat/pfbchom2.html
Pennsylvania Fly Fishing
www.paflyfish.com
Pennsylvania hatches
from Charlie Meck´s Fly Fishing Small Streams reprinted with permission
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Free_Articles/Meck/meck.html
Pennsylvania Hot-Weather Bass Fishing
Angling award records indicate that Pennsylvania’s biggest bass fall to August anglers, so forget about the legendary spring spawn and give these top-rated lakes and ponds a try this month.
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa084403a/index.html
Pennsylvania’s 2004 Fishing Calendar
Here’s a sampling of 36 dream trips for you to consider as you plan your 2004 fishing vacation getaways.
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa024304a
Pennsylvania’s 2005 Trout Forecast
Here’s a look at what’s in store for Keystone State trout anglers as we enter the 2005 fishing season
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa014405a
Pennsylvania’s 2005 Trout Forecast
Here’s a look at what’s in store for Keystone State trout anglers as we enter the 2005 fishing season.
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa014405a/index.html
Pennsylvania’s Briar Creek Lake
by Barry & Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks98JF/MABecks98JF.html
Season of the Sulphurs
by Ed Howey
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MAHowey99May/SeasonofSulphursHowey.html
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources
Pennsylvania’s state parks, forests, trails, rail-trails, heritage parks, and scenic rivers.
www.dcnr.state.pa.us
Top Streams for July Trout
Many of Pennsylvania’s top stocked trout streams offer excellent hot-weather angling this month. These biologist-recommended hotspots will brighten up any dog day afternoon.
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa074304a
Trout Stocking in Pennsylvania
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa034304a
Upper Susquehanna and Lackawanna Rivers
EPA
www.epa.gov/rivers/98rivers/susquehanna.html

Warmwater Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Articles
Carp on the Fly
by George Harvey
www.flyfisherman.com/northeast/ghcicadas/index1.html
Float Fishing for Susquehanna Smallmouth
by Ed Russell
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MARussell98MA/MARussell98MA.html
Getting The Drift
Susquehanna drift boat fishing
www.outdoors.net/site/features/feature.aspx+rn+28993+Forum+FlyFishin
g+ArticleCode+542+V+N
Little-known Octoraro pumps out largemouth, crappie
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_PA_Octoraro_Res.html
Lower Schuylkill: improved water, decent smallies
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_PA_Lower_Schuylkill.html
Lower Susquehanna
ESPN Outdoors
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_PA_Lower_Sesquehanna.html
Our Best Five Muskie Lakes
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa074404a
Spring Fishing Shenandoah National Park
flyfisherman.com/south/hmshenandoah
Susquehanna Muskies
ESPN Outdoors
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_PA_North_Susquehanna.html
Susquehanna River Guides
Susquehanna River Guides will provide you with some of the finest smallmouth bass fishing on the East Coast.
www.susqriverguides.com/
Susquehanna River map with float trip details
www.susqriverguides.com/guidedexperience.html
Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass
The Susquehanna River is one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries east of the Mississippi
flyfisherman.com/northeast/ejsusquehanna
Susquehanna Smallies
a great article
www.outdoors.net/site/features/feature.aspx+Forum+FlyFishing+Article
Code+577+V+N+SearchTerm+
Susquehanna Smallmouth patterns
Global FlyFisher, Susquehanna Smallmouth patterns – a list of fly patterns that work well for bass on that famed river, which runs through New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. By Robb Nicewonger
globalflyfisher.com/patterns/susquehanna/index.php
The Susquehanna River
by Barry & Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks96ND/MABecks96ND.html
Try cranks now, flies in August on lower Juniata River bass
espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/f_map_04_PA_Lower_Juniata_River.html
Dunbar Creek
win.ws/Dunbar_Creek_Project
Fly Fishing The Youghiogheny River In Pennsylvania
www.flyfishingconnection.com/yough.html
Smallmouth Magic
Smallmouth on the Youghiogheny River
www.flyanglersonline.com/features/panfish/part108.html
Youghiogheny River is home to some brown trout beauties
www.post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors/20031005weisberg1005p3.asp
CentralPennsylvania Fly Fishing Articles
A History of the Reclamation of the Babb Creek Watershed from Acid Min
available in PDF format at www.slaterun.com
www.slaterun.com/
Big Spring Creek
easterntrophies.com/locationdp.php?recordID=1002
Big Spring description
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Stream_Report/Limestone/limestone.html#Big%
20Spring
Central PA streams description
brief descriptions
www.tomsflyfishing.com/streams.htm
Cumberland Valley Alternatives
Pennsylvania spring creeks and freestoners you can enjoy when the Yellow Breeches and other famous waters become crowded…
flyfisherman.com/northeast/cumberlandvalley
Fall Fishing In Central PA
from flyfishersparadise.com/
flyfishersparadise.com/articles/old/article1.htm
Fall on the Loyalsock
by Barry & Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks97SO/MABecks97SO.html
Falling Spring Branch
by Mark Sturtevant
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MASturtevant97ND/MASturtevant97ND.html
Falling Spring Branch
Unlock the secrets of this Cumberland Valley spring creek…
flyfisherman.com/northeast/fallingspring
Falling Spring Branch trout
by Mike Heck
www.flyfisherman.com/northeast/fallingspring/index1.html
Falling Spring description
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Stream_Report/Limestone/limestone.html#Fall
ingspring
Fishing Creek, Clinton County
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPApastreamsfishingcreek.html
Home Water
by Barry & Cathy Beck – about Fishing Creek
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks97MJ/MABecks97MJ.html
Letort description
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Stream_Report/Limestone/Limestone2/limeston
e2.html#Letort
Penns Creek – A hatch matcher’s dream
by Barry & Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks97MA/MABecks97MA.html
Penns Creek description
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Stream_Report/Limestone/Limestone2/Limeston
e3/limestone3.html
Pennsylvania Trout Sampler
flyfisherman.com/northeast/bapasampler
Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek
by Barry & Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks98MA/MABecks98MA.html
Pennsylvania’s super sulphur hatch
Pennsylvania streams enjoying current springtime hatch
www.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/ff_fea_Burkhead_sulphur_hatch.html
Slate Run and Cedar Run: Two of PA’s Finest Freestoners,
by Dave Rothrock
www.flyfisherman.com/northeast/drpafreestoners/index3.html
Spring Creek description
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPApastreamsspringcreek.html
?991642361350
Spruce Creek
from the flyfisherman.com artcile: “Pennsylvania Trout Sampler ” by Ben Ardito
flyfisherman.com/northeast/bapasampler
Spruce Creek
by King Montgomery
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MAMontgomery99S/SpruceCreekMontgomery.html
Spruce Creek info
www.flyfishersparadise.com/stream/junrvr.htm
Suggested Fly Patterns for local streams
fly patterns for PA streams
www.shrodreel.150m.com/resources.html#Suggested
Sulphur hatch tactics
Flyfishing experts share tips for wary Pennsylvania trout
www.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/s/ff_fea_Burkhead_sulphur_tech.html
The Letort
by Cathy and Barry Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks98JA/MABecks98JA.html
Timing the Hatches
when hatches occur in central PA – from flyfishersparadise.com/
flyfishersparadise.com/articles/old/hatch.htm
Two of PA’s Finest Freestoners
flyfisherman.com/northeast/drpafreestoners
What’s Next?
how to fish Cental PA streams after the major hatches have subsided; from http://flyfishersparadise.com/
flyfishersparadise.com/articles/old/next.htm
White Deer Creek reports
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=8
Winter Fishing in Central Pennsylvania
from flyfishersparadise.com
flyfishersparadise.com/articles/old/article2.htm
Yellow Breeches
by Barry and Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks99MAR/MABecks99MAR.html
Yellow Breeches
easterntrophies.com/locationdp.php?recordID=1008
Yellow Breeches description
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Stream_Report/Limestone/Limestone2/limeston
e2.html
Yellow Breeches pictures
world.cs.com/archflytie/flyfishing_the_yellow_breeches.htm
Cattaraugus Creek map and guide
in PDF format
www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/cattcreek.pdf
Elk Creek
www.flymartonline.com/article57.html
Erie County Steelhead Streams
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPAeriesteelheadstreams.html
?1001370348290
Fishing Western Pennsylvania including Elk and Walnut Creeks
Often you hear of Erie Pennsylvania referred to as the heart of “steelhead Alley”
www.fisherie.com/dfishinfool/elk.html
Fly Fishing Elk Creek In Pennsyvania
www.flyfishingconnection.com/elkerie.html
Little Sandy Creek
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPApastreamlittlesandy.html?
988090745080
Mill Creek (Venango Co.)
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPApastreamsmillcreek.html?9
89150754720
Northwest PA fishing reports
from Forest County Sports Center
www.troutshop.com/localfishingreport.htm
Oil Creek description
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPApastreamoilcreek.html?988
597211520
Penn’s Creek description
www.geocities.com/rustyspinner/FLYFISHINGPApastreamspennscreek.html
Pennsylvania Steelhead Association
www.fisherie.com/steelhead
The Steelhead Site
Good forum for info on fishing Lake Eerie tribs
http://steelheadsite.com/reports/pennsylvania/
Walnut Creek Info
www.flyfishingconnection.com/walnuterie.html
Lackawaxen River tours
melaman2.com/trout
Pennsylvania’s Delaware River Spring Shad
www.pagameandfish.com/pa_aa034303a/index.html
Upper Delaware guided trips
The Upper Delaware has a reputation for a few things. Excellent water quality and temperatures, prolific mayfly hatches, and large trout.
www.riversflyfishing.com/ud.php
Upper Delaware River Fly Fishing
If you live in the east and hesitate to fly out west for a big, wild trout river that produces even in summer, then the Upper Delaware is for you.
www.troutsource.com/RiversFolder/Delaware.htm

div class=’searchResults’>A Word about French Creek
French Creek is located about 6 miles south of Pottstown, PA. The Delayed Harvest-Fly Fishing Only Area receives more than 1400 trout annually and is stocked in mid-March, Late-April and early October
www.djlflyfishers.org/frenchcreek.htm

Flies for the Little Lehigh
www.littlelehighflyshop.com/generic3.html
Float Trip Down the Lehigh
from Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association
www.dvwffa.org/Lehighfloat.htm
Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance
Our mission is to obtain a consistent release of coldwater (55 Deg F) from the Francis E Walter Reservoir (FEW) through better utilization of FEW’s storage capacity and discharge options, in an effort
www.thelehighriver.org
Lehigh Gorge State Park
The park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park. The deep gor
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/lehighgorge.aspx
Lehigh River Float Trips
The Lehigh River begins high in the Pocono Mountains near the town of Gouldsboro and continues for 103 miles until it’s confluence with the Delaware River at Easton. The Lehigh is the largest tributar
www.theeveningrise.com/lehighrivertrips.htm
Lehigh River Flows
The Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance Seeks Cold Water for Trout and Increased Recreational Opportunities
www.patrout.org/Lehigh_River_Flows.htm
Lehigh River guided trips
The Lehigh River is the largest tributary of the Delaware. Experience beautiful scenery while fishing one of the top trout rivers in the east for rainbow, brown and brook trout.
www.wildernesstrekker.com/lehigh_river.htm
Lehigh River in state of renewal, director says
…recent conservation efforts are helping renew the river’s ecosystem…
www.lehigh.edu/story.asp?ID=19779
Lehigh River info
The Lehigh is home to many different species of fish. Brown, Rainbow and Brook trout are the most sought after species.
www.flyfishpa.net/Streams/Lehigh.htm
Lehigh River Stocking Association
The Lehigh River holds more than trout.
www.lrsa.org/index.html
Little Lehigh emergence chart
www.littlelehighflyshop.com/generic12.html
Little Lehigh fly fishing
Running through the outskirts and City of Allentown, the Little Lehigh in Southeastern Pennsylvania is a productive, limestone spring creek.
www.flyfishingconnection.com/lehighcreek.html
Little Schuylkill River – Where Big Fish Swim
from Lehigh Gap Outfitters
www.wildernesstrekker.com/little_schuylkill_FF.htm
Pennsylvania Trout Sampler
Tulpehocken Creek in Berks County, near Reading, PA, is a tailwater stream that offers good trout fishing throughout the season, including the warmer summer months.
flyfisherman.com/northeast/bapasampler
The Little Lehigh – Pennsylvania’s Urban Jewel
by Cathy Beck
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAtlanticRegion/Mid-Atlanti
c(MA)/MABecks97JF/MABecks97JF.html
Tulpehocken Creek
Tulpehocken Creek is a beautiful tailwater fishery located just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.
www.flyfishpa.net/Streams/Tully.htm
Tulpehocken Creek
Tulpehocken Creek is an outstanding tailwater fishery located just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.
www.tcoflyfishing.com/1sc_tully_narrative.cfm
Tulpehocken Creek data from Stroud Water Research Center
The Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance the knowledge of freshwater ecosystems through interdisciplinary research into all aspects of streams, rivers and their watersheds.
www.stroudcenter.org/schuylkill/sites/site12.htm
Lehigh River
www.littlelehighflyshop.com/generic17.html


Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Clubs
Central PA Angler
www.centralpaangler.com
Dame Juliana League Fly Fishers
Pennsylvania
www.djlflyfishers.org/
Delaware Valley Women
A fly fishing club that promotes the sport of fly fishing among women and provides a means for women fly fishers to meet, network and fish together.
www.dvwffa.org/


Pennsylvania Hatch Charts
PA Insect Emergence Chart
www.shrodreel.150m.com/emergence_chart.html
Pennsylvania Hatches
from Dame Juliana League www.djlflyfishers.org
www.djlflyfishers.org/hatches.htm
Central PA Hatch Chart
a very nice hatch chart for all months of the year
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/htchart.htm
Central Pennsylania – Hatch Chart
Fly fishing hatch chart for central Pennsylvania.
www.twd.net/feathrhk/htchart.htm
Hatch Chart of Central Pennsylvania
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/htchart.htm
Letort Spring Run hatch chart
www.bigyflyco.com/LetortSpringRun.html
PA Trout Stream Insects
www.sportinggentleman.com/hatchframe.htm
Tulpehocken Creek hatch chart
www.tcoflyfishing.com/1sc_tully_hatchchart.cfm


Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Maps
Free Map is Guide to Pennsylvania Waters
www.paflyfish.com/extrapage/free.html
Susquehanna River – Lower
www.hbgonline.com/angler/maps/lowersusq.jpg
Susquehanna River – Upper
www.hbgonline.com/angler/maps/uppersusq.jpg
Laurel Hill Creek map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/laurel_hill_map.html
Little Mahoning map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/mahoning_map.html
Lower Yough River & Bike Trail Map
www.ohiopyletradingpost.com/rivermaps.htm
Slippery Rock Creek map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/slippery_rock.html
Youghiogheny River map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/yough_map.html
Big Fishing Creek map and info
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/bfcrkmap.htm
Elk Creek map and info
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/ekpnemap.htm
Penns Creek Map
flyanglersonline.com/features/greatrivers/penns/pennsmap.html
Penns Creek map and info
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/pncrkmap.htm
Pine Creek map and info
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/ekpnemap.htm
Spring Creek map and info
www.third-wave.com/feathrhk/sprcrkmp.htm
Cattaraugus Creek map and guide
www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/cattcreek.pdf
Cool Spring Creek
www.shrodreel.150m.com/neshannock_map.html
Lake Eerie trib maps
Maps for Eeries Tributaries
www.fishusa.com/FishErie/Maps.asp
Little Sandy Creek map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/sandy_creek_map.html
Neshannock Creek map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/neshannock_map.html
Oil Creek map
www.shrodreel.150m.com/oil_creek_map.html
French Creek map
from www.djlflyfishers.org
www.djlflyfishers.org/map.htm
Lehigh River Water Trail
Lehigh River access points
wildlandspa.org/lrwt/introduction.html
Tulpehocken Creek map
www.tcoflyfishing.com/1sc_tullymap.cfm
Tulpehocken Creek map
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/rivers/scenicrivers/tulpehockenhome.htm


Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports

Susquehanna River Fishing Reports
www.susqriverguides.com/fishreport.shtml
Susquehanna River reports by Cold Spring Angler
http://www.coldspringanglers.com/str_reports/sr_susq-1.htm
Susquehanna River reportts
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=10
Lake Erie Tribs
Bill Hilts Fish Locator
www.outdoorsniagara.com/bill_hilts_fish_locator.htm#4.%20Lake%20Erie
%20and%20tributaries~
Lake Erie Tribs
www.outdoorsniagara.com/bill_hilts_fish_locator.htm#NYSDEC%20Region%
207
Big Fishing Creek
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=6
Big Pine Creek
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=5
Big Spring Creek report by Cold Spring Anglers
www.coldspringanglers.com/str_reports/sr_bigspring.htm
Central PA – Stream Conditions Fishing Reports
Fly Fishing conditions, fishing reports, and stream reports for Central Pennsylvania
www.twd.net/feathrhk/stream.htm
Central PA stream updates
www.tomsflyfishing.com/update.htm
Clarks Creek Special-Regulation Area report by Cold Spring Anglers
www.coldspringanglers.com/str_reports/sr_clarks.htm
Guidos Limestone Report
Central PA streams current conditions
flyfisher.com/Flyfishing/Stream_Report/Limestone/Limestone2/Limeston
e3/limestonepresent.html
Letort Report by Cold Spring Anglers
www.coldspringanglers.com/str_reports/sr_letort.htm
Little Pine Creek reports
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=4
Loyalsock Creek reports
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=1
Muncy Creek reports
rom Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=3
Penns Creek reports
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=7
Pine Creek, Cedar Run, Slate Run reports
www.slaterun.com/streamconditions.htm
Spring Creek reports
from Angler Supply House forums
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=9
Stream Conditions
from The Sporting Gentleman flyshop
www.sportinggentleman.com/conditions.htm
Yellow Breeches report by Cold Spring Anglers
www.coldspringanglers.com/str_reports/sr_yellow.htm
Northeast streams reports
from the Evening Hatch flyshop
www.eveninghatch.com/streams_report.htm
Central PA reports
from Flyfishers Paradise flyshop
flyfishersparadise.com/stream/streams.htm
Lehigh River
Little Lehigh Creek Emergence Chart
www.littlelehighflyshop.com/generic4.html
Lehigh River reports & conditions
www.riversflyfishing.com/leh.php
Little Lehigh reports
www.littlelehighflyshop.com/generic4.html
Tulpehocken Creek
www.tcoflyfishing.com/1sc_tullyconditions.cfm


Pennsylvania Stream Flows
Real time Pennsylvania stream flow data
check the CFS streamflow info for waters in Pennsylvania
waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/rt
Real-Time Data for Pennsylvania: Streamflow
waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/current/?type=flow
CFS treamflow for Lehigh River at Francis E. Walter Dam
500 cfs is optimal for wading
waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?site_no=01447800&PARAmeter_cd=00065,0
0060,00010
CFS treamflow for Lehigh River at Lehighton
1000 cfs is optimal for wading
waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?site_no=01449000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,0
0060,00010
Oil Creek flow rates
wmw.lrp.usace.army.mil/current/ua.html


Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Forums

FishUSA.com – PA Discussion Boards
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2
Steelhead Alley
www.flymartonline.com/forum8.html
Lake Erie & Tribs
Not Necessarily Fly Fishing
www.fishlakeerie.com/reports/pafish.htm
North West PA
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2/summary.asp?forum=AMB%5FAP113793425
South West PA
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2/summary.asp?forum=AMB%5FAP487640539
North Central PA
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2/summary.asp?forum=AMB%5FAP563093556
South Central PA
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2/summary.asp?forum=AMB%5FAP618323590
North East PA
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2/summary.asp?forum=AMB%5FAP565846919
South East PA
www.fishusa.com/Discussion2/summary.asp?forum=AMB%5FAP840586503
North East Fly Fishing
www.njflyfishing.com/vbportal/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=9deb2a4c4
1574838bbf5a449a3eebb32&forumid=
Central PA Angler Message Board
pub2.bravenet.com/forum/143252315/
FlyfishingPA.com Forum
amazingforums.com/forum/FLYFISHING/forum.html
Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Message Board
www.paflyfish.com/ceilidh/ceilidh.html
Angler Supply House -Pennsylavania Forums
Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Big Fishing Creek and more
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/forums
Lehigh River Fishing forum
lrsa.proboards26.com/index.cgi?board=lehigh
Eastern PA Fishing Reports
local fishing website serving the eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey fishermen.
www.just4thought.com/SMF/index.php?board=27.0



Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Shops

The Feathered Hook
516 Main St. Coburn, PA. 16832; (814) 349-8757
www.thefeatheredhook.com
A. A. Outfitters
HC 1 Box 1030, Blakeslee, PA 18610; 1-800-443-8119
www.aaoutfitters.com
Evening Hatch
5 Rt. 940 East, Lake Harmony, PA 18624; (570) 443-0772
www.eveninghatch.com
Belvoirdale
PO Box 176 Wyncote, PA 19095; (215) 886-7211
www.belvoirdale.com
E-Hille Anglers Supply House
811 S. Market Street S. Williamsport, PA 17702; 570-323-7564
www.anglersupplyhouse.com/
Flyfishers Paradise
2603 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801; 814-234-4189
flyfishersparadise.com
International Angler
5275 Steubenville Pike Pittsburgh, PA 15205-9717; 412-788-8088
www.int-angler.com
Nestors Sporting Goods
2510 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA; 610-433-6051
www.nestors.com/main/reel_world.asp
South Hills Rod & Reel
Pittsburgh
www.shrodreel.150m.com/home.html
TCO Fly Shop
2229 Penn Avenue, Reading, PA 19609; 610.678.1899
www.tcoflyfishing.com
Wilderness Trekker, Inc.
22 Hughes Street, RR 3, Box 3, Route 895, New Ringgold, PA 17960; (570) 943-3151
www.wildernesstrekker.com/index.html
Anglers Pro Shop!
3361 Bethlehem Pike, Souderton, PA 18964; 800-934-4862
estore.anglers-pro.com/cgi-bin/cat
The Evening Rise Fly Fishing Outfitters
1953 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 1760; (717) 509-3636
www.theeveningrise.com
troutshop.com
311 Elm Street / Tionesta, PA 16353; (814) 755-3744
www.troutshop.com
Forest County Sport Center
311 Elm Street / Tionesta, PA 16353; (800) 458-6093
www.troutshop.com
Mainstream Outfitters
1121 N. Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 1890; (215)766-1244
www.mainstreamoutfitters.com
Slate Run Tackle Shop
PO Box 1 Route 414 Slate Run, PA 17769; 570.753.8551
www.slaterun.com
Yellow Breeches Outfitters
2 First Street, P. O. Box 200, Boiling Springs, PA 17007; 717-258-6752
www.yellowbreeches.com
Little Lehigh Fly Shop
RD 2 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18103; (610)797-5599
www.littlelehighflyshop.com/
Clouser Fly Fishing
101 Ulrich Street, Middletown PA 17057; 717-944-6541
www.clouserflyfishing.com
The Sporting Gentleman
300 West State Street, Media PA 19063; 610 565-6140
www.sportinggentleman.com
TCO Fly Shop
895 Penn Street, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; 610.527.3388
www.tcoflyfishing.com
Fishing Creek Angler
314 St. Gabriel Road, Benton, PA 17814; (570) 925-2709
www.fishingcreekangler.com