Fly Fishing On Manatawny, Tulpehocken, Pohopoco, Mud Run, Broadhead Creeks

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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, Southeast and Northeast. Both areas have unique streams and creeks worth exploring.  We only talk about stream we have guided on and fish. 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.


Southeastern Pennsylvania

The area is blessed with a lot of Class A rated 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! Learn From Our Experience!


Manatawny Creek

Sulphur Hatch

This is Rick’s and Taylor’s home stream.  They has been fishing and guiding on the Manny for more than 40 years and must be considered the experts on the creek.  The Manatawny has the best hatches in SEPA.  Little Black Stoneflies, Hendricksons, Sulphurs, Caddis, Trico and Slate Drakes.  The creek is a run off streams and will come up fast and go down fast. It is formed by three Class A Berks County streams (Pine. Oysterdale and Beiber) along with two others.  The Manny has seen hard time during the past couple drought years (2013-2017) 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. Rick and Taylor are by far the most experienced guides on the Manny…Learn From Our Experience!  We also guide on other streams in Berks…, Hay, Spring, Willow (Brook Trout) Wyomissing, Furnace and others…

Wild Brown and Holdover Rainbow
Video On The Manatawny Creek

Tulpehocken Creek

What can you say about the Tulpehocken Creek.  It has a long history know for big Rainbows and large Browns.  Rick and Taylor have well over 40 years of fishing and over 20 years of guiding on the Tully.  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. Rick and Taylor are the most experienced guides on the Tulpehocken Creek.  Learn From Our Experience.


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 (Special Regulations) has more access and it runs into Green Lane Reservoir and is stocked by the state.  


Little Lehigh, Saucon, Monocacy, Pohopoco And Mud Run

The Little Lehigh is stocked and has wild trout with two special regulation sections.  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 has come back. 

The Monocacy and Saucon Creek are just as good as the Little Lehigh.  Both are stocked but have wild reproduction of brown trout.  Both streams have special regulation sections.

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, dam release.

Mud Run is another tributary to the Lehigh.  It has wild and some areas that 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.  Before the drought years, you could find 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 There is also the Bushkill Creek in the Eastern Area…We guide also there too…

waterfalls and deep pockets.  It is stocked by the state, hatches okay.  Nymphing works best. 


Northeastern 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 in Scranton on the Lackawana river.  I am not saying anymore.  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 good access.  The is a special regulation section. Fish the more remote areas.