Once upon a time, Saucon Creek was just drainage for mines, making it an ugly blight on an otherwise scenic landscape. Thankfully, times have changed.
Now, Saucon Creek is a well-maintained paradise for wild brown trout in Pennsylvania.
The stream is also stocked by the state, and stays cool throughout the summer. It is easily accessible from the road and has a good flow rate.
In other words, it is the quintessential Pennsylvania limestone stream.
Saucon Creek is a 17 mile long tributary of the Lehigh River in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The Creek starts in Lower Milford Township, and flows northeast. It runs through Limeport, Bingen, Hellertown, before joining the Lehigh River in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Saucon Creek is a wide stream, with an average width of forty feet. The Creek is shallow, with the bottom consisting of small cobble, rocks, and gravel.
The trophy trout project area is located at Saucon Park. The stream is stocked with brook and brown trout, but you will see plenty of wild brown trout too - if you are sneaky enough!
Saucon Creek Map and Fishing Access Sites
Best Spots to Fish Saucon Creek
Saucon Creek is easily accessible from multiple locations. You can access the stream from Saucon Park in Bethlehem, or upstream of High Street Bridge in Hellertown. There are also many access points where the bridges cross Pennsylvania Route 412.
The stream is shallow, and is accessible to wade fishermen.
Best Time to Fish Saucon Creek
The season for Saucon Creek is standard Pennsylvania Trout Season.
Because the stream is fed by cold limestone springs, the water remains cool throughout the year, so it is technically possible to fish Saucon Creek at any time of the year.
Springtime is always the best time to visit, due to the hatches, but the Creek is worth a visit in the autumn as well. Not only is the foliage breath-taking during this season, but you will likely find larger brown trout during this time because of the spawn.
You can also tackle this stream in the winter, but you’ll likely only have luck on the warmest days of the season.
Fly Box - What You'll Need
Like most of the Lehigh Valley limestone streams, Saucon fishes well with midges and terrestrials and has excellent sulphur and trico hatches. The creek also has a decent Blue-Wing Olive and caddis hatch.
Regarding fly patterns, here is a list of some of the best flies for Saucon Creek:
- Blue Winged Olive (#16-20)
- Sulphur (#12-14)
- Trico (#24-26)
- Black Caddis (#16-20)
- Tan Caddis (#16-20)
- Midge (#18-26)
- Scud (#8-16)
- Black Ant or Beetle
Ventures Fly Co. offers a great selection of dry flies, nymphs and streamers that will catch fish just about anywhere. Set includes 40 high quality, hand-tied flies (see list below) and waterproof fly box.
- Adams Dry Fly
- Elk Hair Caddis
- Blue Wing Olive
- Royal Wulff
- Griffith's Gnat White
- Stimulator, Organge
- Chernobyl Ant
- Rubber Leg Nymph, Brown
- BH Pheasant Tail Nymph
- BH Prince Nymph
- BH Hare's Ear Nymph
- Barr's Emerger Nymph
- Zebra Midge Nymph, Black
- Wooly Bugger, Black (Size #8x2)
- Wooly Bugger, Olive (Size #8x2)
A 9-foot 4-wt fly rod with floating line is perfect for fishing dry flies and small nymphs on Saucon Creek. A tapered 9-foot leader, with tippet size 4X to 6X to match the flies you are throwing, is pretty standard.
Saucon Creek Fishing Reports
There aren't any area fly shops (that I'm aware of) that publish Saucon Creek fly fishing reports. Give the steady year-round temperatures the stream is pretty predictable. As long as the area hasn't received a ton of rain recently, you'll be able to catch fish with the patterns recommended above.
Pennsylvania requires all anglers 16 and older to have a standard fishing license, and a special permit for trout fishing, which can be obtained online or in most sporting goods stores in the state.
Saucon Creek fishing regulations are available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website.
Trip Planning Tips
The nearest airport to Saucon Creek is Lehigh Valley International Airport, which is located about 25 minutes away from your destination. Another nearby option is Wilkes-Barre Scranton Airport, which is about an hour away from the Creek. You can travel to any major or municipal airport in Southeast Pennsylvania and arrive at your destination after a few hours of scenic driving.
If you are looking for modestly priced lodgings in the area, WoodSpring Suites is located 30 minutes away from the Creek. They offer clean rooms, free WiFi and parking, and a friendly staff.
Of course, if you really want to bond with nature on your fishing trip, you might prefer to stay at a campground. We have you covered. Tohickon Family Campground is only 30 minutes away from the stream. They have a fully stocked general store, swimming pool, and plenty of activities and events to keep your family occupied while you tackle Saucon Creek. If you are traveling alone, you are sure to enjoy the safe and relaxing environment of Tohickon Campground.
Start planning your adventure today!
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