Eastern PA Fly Fishing

Yes, there are streams like this in South Eastern PA

Eastern Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Streams and Creeks

This page address the eastern side of Pennsylvania. First, we tell it like it is, no fluff.  We break down the area into two sections, South East and North East. Both areas have unique streams and creeks worth exploring.  We only talk about stream we have guided on. It would not be fair to discuss streams that we have no experience guiding or fishing personally. You can link here for the Lehigh River information.

South Eastern Pennsylvania

The area is blessed with Class A water and medium sized freestone streams.  You would be surprised where you can find trout.  I have caught trout in the Schuylkill River in the Reading area, surprise! 

Manatawny Creek

This is Rick’s home stream.  He has been fishing it for over 35 years and must be considered the expert on the creek.  The Manatawny has the best hatches in SEPA.  Little Black Stoneflies, Hendricks, Sulphurs and Caddis.  The creek is a run off streams and will come up fast and go down fast. It is formed by two Class A streams (Pine and Beiber) along with three other.  The Manny has seen hard time during the past couple drought years but, still supports and nice population of wild Brown Trout.  It is currently stocked by the State and some of the larger wild browns leave the stream on the stringer.

Tulpehocken Creek

What can you say about the Tulpehocken Creek.  It has a long history know for big Rainbows and large Browns.  It was formed when the Blue Marsh Dam was built in 1975.  The discharge of cold/cool water made the trout grow fast and big.  Times have changed.  Flooding widen the creek and made it shallow.  Water discharges in the summer now reach the mid 70’s and the fishermen are warned not to fish.  There is no trout reproduction on the Tully. It needs to be stocked every year.  It is stocked by the state, the local TU Chapter and the Local Fly Shop (TCO). The hatches have decreased due to high and low water releases.  But still has good hatches of Caddis, Sulfurs and Trico.  The Trico hatch use to be an event back in the old days, not so much any more.  Don’t overlook the Carp fishing on the fly

West Branch Of The Perkiomen And The Perkiomen 

The West Branch is a Class A stream the runs into the main stem that is stocked. There are some nice wild fish in both.  The west branch is rocky and small.  There is some meadow fishing. Access is spotty and more open down stream.  The main stem has more access and it runs into Green Lane Reservoir.  

Little Lehigh. Pohopoco And Mud Run

All good streams. The Little Lehigh is stocked and has wild trout.  It runs through the park system in Allentown.  Hatches are pretty good.  In 2017 a sink hole dried up the creek and there was a fish kill.  Don’t worry it will come back. 

Further north in the Lehigh River valley is the Pohopoco. The Poh is controlled by a dam and keeps the water cold year round.  It also gives a good shot of cold water to the Lehigh River.  It has wild fish and stocked fish.  It’s a fun stream and your feet can get cold in July.

Mud Run is another tributary to the Lehigh.  It has wild and some areas are stocked.  I like it for it’s scenery and the feel of being in the wilds. 

Little Schuylkill has a regulated section and is stocked by the state.  There is some wild trout but the tributaries support more wild trout.  Caddis is the best hatch.  It can get warm in the summer but there is a lot of tree canopy cover (Green Inch Worm). 

Broadhead and Bushkill

Broadhead is a great stream, sometimes.  It has stocked and wild fish like most better know streams.  You can fish in a park area or get a little more wild. You might be surprise what you catch, just saying.  Bushkill is a lot of fun for those who like fishing little waterfalls and deep pockets.  It is stocked by the state, hatches okay.  Nymphing works best. 

North Eastern PA

The area is full of little creeks that hold wild trout, Rick has caught wild Rainbows, he will not give up that creek. It also has two large rivers worth fishing and I mean worth fishing. 

Lackawanna, Lackawaxwen And Bowman Creek.

I am going to keep this short and sweet.  Trout Unlimited had their nation convention is Scranton on the Lackawana river.  I am not saying any more.  The Lackawaxen is a large river that is controlled by a dam release that generates power.  Watch Out, you could get caught on the wrong side of the river and spend the night.  Check the release schedule.  Bowman Creek is fun and is stocked.  It was ravaged by a flood about 8 years ago and is not the same.  It is stocked and has access.  Fish the more remote areas. 

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