Pennsylvania fly fishing

[DIY] Guide to the Best Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania fly fishing for trout and steelhead is some of the best in the country. Pennsylvania is also a relatively large state that takes about 5 hours to traverse from Philadelphia on the eastern side to Pittsburgh on the western side.

So if you really want to find out where the best PA fly fishing spots are you'll need a good map.

Lucky for you we created one. Below is an interactive map all the best trout and steelhead fishing spots in PA.

The map below includes Pennsylvania Special Regulation Trout Streams, Pennsylvania Class A Wild Trout Streams and Pennsylvania steelhead fishing spots in the famed Steelhead Alley.

Click on map icons for information about each fishing location and to get directions. 

Pennsylvania Trout and Steelhead Fishing Map

Some of the best trout fishing spots in PA are listed below by region. Use the search function of the map above to locate each stream.

So Where is the Best Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania?

The state of Pennsylvania is just brimming with fabulous opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation year-round, and fly fishing is no exception. You're never far from a great lake, stream, or river, it seems, and all of them are easily accessible from towns and cities across the state.

While some lakes may be private fishing lakes, there are many others that are open to the public. The most common of the fish you'll be catching are trout, which is available all across the state. If you're looking for blue ribbon waters, Pennsylvania has a number of them.

With so many quality trout streams in Pennsylvania one could spark a serious debate about where the best trout fishing in Pennsylvania is.  Let's take a look at some the leading candidates.

Best Fly Fishing in North-Central Pennsylvania

North-Central Pennsylvania contains some of the most fabled fly fishing waters in the Commonwealth including Fishing Creek, Penns Creek, Slate Run and Spring Creek. But that's not all. There are also 36 other special regulation trout streams that provide excellent fly fishing opportunities in north-central Pennsylvania. Why not check one out?

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Cedar Run in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Kettle Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Clarion River in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Lycoming Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Sinnemahoning Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Pine Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Penns Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Slate Run in North-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Big Fishing Creek in Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Spring Creek in Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Young Womans Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania

North-Central Special Regulation Trout Streams

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Loyalsock (DHALO)

Big Mill Creek (DHALO)

Black Moshannon Creek (DHALO)

Marvin Creek (CRFFO)

Meade Run (ARWOYR)

Cherry Run (CR)

Middle Creek (DHALO)

Muncy Creek (DHALO)

Clarion River, East Branch (DHALO)

Cross Fork (CR)

Rauchtown Creek (CR)

Red Bank Creek (CRFFO)

Sandy Lick Creek (DHALO)

Francis Branch Tributary (CRFFO)

Gray's Run (CR)

Hunts Run (CR)

Straight Creek (ATWOYR)

Tunungwant Creek, East Branch (TT)

Kinzua Creek (DHALO)

West Branch Clarion River (CRFFO)

Laurel Run (ATWOYR)

West Branch Tunungwant Creek (DHALO)

Lick Run (TT)

West Creek (ATWOYR)

Little Clearfield Creek (DHALO)

White Deer Creek (CRFFO)

Little Pine Creek (DHALO)

Best Fly Fishing in South-Central Pennsylvania

One could arguably say the best fly fishing in Pennsylvania is in the South Central region where you'll find iconic limestone streams such as the Letort, the Little Juniata River and the Yellow Breeches. There are also 22 special regulation trout streams that provide year-round fly fishing opportunities in south-central Pennsylvania. Why not check one out?

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Letort Spring Run in South-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Yellow Breeches in South-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Clark Creek in South Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Codorus Creek in South-Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Falling Spring Branch Creek in South Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Spruce Creek in Central Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Yellow Creek in South Central Pennsylvania

[DIY] Guide to Fly Fishing the Little Juniata River

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Big Spring Creek in South-Central Pennsylvania

South-Central Special Regulation Trout Streams

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Manada Creek (DHALO)

Mountain Creek (ATWOYR)

Muddy Creek (CRFFO)

Conowago Creek (CRFFO)

Quittapahilla Creek (DHALO)

Cove Creek (DHALO)

Shaeffer Run (WBTEP)

East Branch Antietam Creek (CRFFO)

East Licking Creek (DHALO)

Stony Creek (ATWOYR)

Wiconisco Creek (DHALO)

Green Spring Creek (CRFFO)

Honey Creek (DHALO)

Best Fly Fishing in Northeast Pennsylvania

The Poconos have more than just heart-shaped hot tubs. Northeast Pennsylvania, home to the Pocono Mountains (long-time destination of honeymooners) is laced with sparkling clear streams, wild brook trout and not so many anglers. If you are looking for a little more solitude on your next trout fly fishing outing we’ve got the spot for you.

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing McMichaels Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

[DIY] Guide to Fly Fishing the Lehigh River

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Big Bushkill Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Lackawaxen River in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Pohopoco Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Hickory Run in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Pocono Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Bowman Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Tobyhanna Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Brodhead Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Fishing Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

Lackawanna River Fly Fishing Guide

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Loyalsock Creek in Northeast Pennsylvania

Wild Trout Abound!

Jeans Run PA

There are over 22 regulated trout streams in Northeast Pennsylvania including Catch and Release sections on Hickory Run, Roaring Brook, Tom’s Creek, and Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only sections on Bushkill Creek, Dyberry Creek, and Bowman Creek.

If beautiful wild brook trout get you going then check out Jeans Run and Kistler run where a Wild Brook Trout Enhancement Program is helping restore this native beauty.

Northeast Special Regulation Trout Streams

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Dingmans Creek (DHALO)

Roaring Brook (C&R)

Salt Lick Creek (DHALO)

Tom's Creek (C&R)

West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek (DHALO)

Dyberry Creek (CRFFO)

Jeans Run (WBTEP)

Kistler Run Watershed (WBTEP)

Towanda Creek (DHALO)

Wolf Swamp Run Watershed (WBTEP)

Mehoopany Creek (ATWOYRF)

South Branch Tunkhannock Creek (DHALO)

Sugar Run (ATWOYRF)

Harveys Creek (DHALO)

Nescopeck Creek (DHALO)

Best Fly Fishing in Southeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Little Lehigh Creek in Southeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Monocacy Creek in Southeast Pennsylvania

DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Saucon Creek in Southeast Pennsylvania

Southeast Special Regulation Trout Streams

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Bear Creek (DHALO)

Octoraro Creek, West Branch (CRFFO)

Brandywine Creek, East Branch (DHALO)

Pickering Creek (DHALO)

Bushkill Creek (CR)

Ridley Creek (CRFFO)

Donegal Creek (CRFFO)

French Creek (CRFFO)

Tulpehocken Creek (DHALO)

Kaercher Creek Dam (ATWOYR)

Valley Creek (CRAT)

West Valley Creek (DHALO)

Little Schuykill River (DHALO)

White Clay Creek, Middle Branch (DHALO)

Best Fly Fishing Northwest Pennsylvania

Northwest Pennsylvania has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to opportunities to fly fish for rainbow, brown and brook trout and here are 11 of them: Slippery Rock Creek, Caldwell Creek, Little Sandy Creek, Oil Creek, East Hickory Creek, Cool Spring Creek, Neshannock Creek, Piney Creek, Shenango River, West Branch Caldwell Creek and Tionesta Creek.

Nestled in the northwest corner of the state, all of these streams have special regulation sections including Catch and Release fishing on the West Branch Caldwell Creek, and Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only fishing on Little Sandy Creek and Caldwell Creek.

Northwest Special Regulation Trout Streams

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Caldwell Creek (CRFFO)

Shenango River

Cool Spring Creek (DHALO)

Slippery Rock Creek (CRFFO)

East Hickory Creek (DHALO)

Tionesta Creek (APTWYRF)

Little Sandy Creek (CRFFO)

West Branch Caldwell Creek (CR)

Neshannock Creek (DHALO)

Oil Creek (DHALO)

Piney Creek (DHALO)

Best Fly Fishing in Southwest Pennsylvania

Southwest Special Regulation Trout Streams

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Buffalo Creek (DHALO)

Indian Creek (DHALO)

Bull Creek (DHALO)

Laurel Hill Creek Upper (DHALO)

Camp Run (WBTE)

Little Chartiers Creek

Chest Creek (DHALO)

Little Mahoning Creek (CRFFO)

Clear Shade Creek (CRFFO)

Loyalhanna Creek (DHALO)

Deer Creek (DHALO)

Meadow Run (DHALO)

Dunbar Creek (CRFFO)

Pike Run (DHALO)

Dutch Fork Creek (DHALO)

Pine Creek (DHALO)

Youghiogheny River (TT)

Pennsylvania's Steelhead Alley

Steelhead Alley Fly Fishing

If it's steelhead that you're after then of course the tributaries to Lake Erie in Steelhead Alley are where you need to go.​

Check out our Steelhead Alley Fishing Guide for maps, stream gauges and all you need to know to about fishing Steelhead Alley.

PA Fly Shops, Guides & Outfitters

​Pennsylvania fly shops, fly fishing guides and outfitters are listed by region below. Be sure to stop in at your local shop to get the latest fishing report and pick up any fishing supplies you may need.

Note: If you own a fly shop or guide service and would like to be listed below, please contact us.

Northeastern PA - Delaware River and Lehigh River watersheds

A.A. Outfitters Fly Shop

5728 Route 115

Blakeslee, Pa. 18610

570-643-8000

www.aaoutfitters.com

A&G Outfitters

​542 Boulevard Avenue

​Dickson City, PA 18519

​570-489-1650

www.agoutfitters.com

Delaware River Club, Inc.

1228 Winterdale Road

Starlight, PA 18461

570-635-5880

thedelawareriverclub.com

Dunkelbergers Sports Outfitter

585 Main Street

Stroudsburg, PA 18360

717-421-7950

dunkelbergers.com

Evening Hatch Flyfishing Shop

797 State Rte 940 East

Lake Harmony, PA 18624

570-443-0772

www.eveninghatch.com

Rivers Outdoors Adventures

22 Hughes Street

New Ringgold, PA, 17960

570-943-3151

riversflyfishing.com

Southeastern PA - Delaware River and Schuylkill River watersheds

Anglers Pro Shop

​3361 Bethlehem Pike

Souderton, PA 18964

215-721-4909

www.anglers-pro.com

Classic Fly Fisherman

222 South Broad St.

Lansdale, PA 19446

215-412-3667

www.classicflyfisherman.com

Dave’s Sports Center

1127 North Easton Road

Doylestown, PA US, 18901

215-766-8000

French Creek Outfitters

270 Schuylkill Road

Phoenixville, PA 19460

610-933-7200

www.frenchcreekoutfitters.com

Heritage Fly Shop

2643 Fish Hatchery Road

Allentown, PA, 18103

610-797-5599

The Sporting Gentleman

300 West State St.

Media, PA 19063

610-565-6140

www.sportinggentleman.com

TCO Fly Shop Philadelphia

895 Penn Street

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

610-527-3388

www.tcoflyfishing.com

TCO Fly Shop Reading

2299 Penn Avenue

Reading, PA 19609

610-678-1899

www.tcoflyfishing.com

Northcentral PA - Susquehanna East & West Rivers watersheds

Big Meadows Fly Shop

5541 route 6

Wellsboro, PA 16901

570-724-5261

Big Moores Run Lodge

RD3 Box 204-A

Coudersport, PA , 16915

814-647-5300

Cross Fork Tackle Shop

Main Street, Box 261

Cross Fork, PA, 17729

717-923-1960

The Feathered Hook LTD.

516 Main Street

Coburn, PA 16832

814-349-8757

Flyfisher’s Paradise

2603 E. College Ave.

State College, PA 16801

814-234-4189

Slate Run Tackle Shop

PO Box 1 Route 414

Slate Run, PA , 17769

570-753-8551

TCO Fly Shop State College

2030 East College Ave

State College, PA 16801

814-689-3654

McConnell's Country Store

10853 Route 44 North

Waterville, PA 17776

570-753-8241

PA Fly Fishing Books & Maps

There are a number of excellent books and guides available on fly fishing in Pennsylvania.  A few that I highly recommend are listed below: