Best Fly Fishing Charters in Pennsylvania


Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania

With so many quality streams and creeks across the state, it’s hard to determine where the best fly fishing in Pennsylvania is. The Keystone State offers fishing year round and it’s one of the most popular destinations for hardcore fly fishermen.
 

Trout Fishing

If you’re interested in fly fishing, you probably already know the main target in Pennsylvania – Trout. The state is crowded with both stocked and wild Trout and you can find different types, from Lake Trout to Steelhead and Brown. One of the most visited fishing spots in the whole state is Yellow Breeches Creek, which is only a few miles away from Harrisburg.
 
Even when the summer is gone, the action doesn’t stop. You can target Trout in colder months by making a few adjustments. In fall, start your trip in the morning when the sun raises the water temperature by a few degrees – this can trigger a bite. The rain helps as well! It makes the water level a bit higher, which usually causes fish movement.
 
For winter fly fishing in Pennsylvania, you need to choose warmer days when Trout feed. Trout will stay in slower water to spend less energy. As they prey on food that goes downstream, you’ll find them in the “seams,” where slow water meets the faster current.
 

Bass Fishing

Landing a Bass on a fly rod is a challenge. Even though Bass is the most popular game fish in America, fly fishing is not the primary method to catch them. Smallmouth Bass prefer flowing water with a rocky bottom, while Largemouth Bass thrive in warm waters with aquatic weeds, soft bottoms, and static water.
 
As Lake Erie has a great population of Smallmouth Bass, it’s becoming a popular spot for fly fishing. In spring they move to shallow waters, but this is still deeper than what you would find in creeks. You’ll have the best chances of catching Smallies around underwater ledges, drop-offs, and any other areas where the depth suddenly changes.
 

Regulations

  • Pennsylvania is divided into six regions and each of them has its own Trout regulations. Once you decide where you want to fish, check when the Trout season opens. In general, the minimum size for Trout is 7 inches and you can never keep more than five fish.
  • When it comes to Bass, mid-April to mid-June is limited to catch and release only. Depending on the season, minimum size requirements change from 12 to 15 inches, and the maximum number of fish you can keep changes from four to six.
 
When you’re choosing your fishing guide, just double-check if your fly fishing equipment is provided. Whether you choose to target Trout or level-up by going after hard-fighting Bass, the topwater action in Pennsylvania simply cannot disappoint you.
 

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Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Pennsylvania

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Largemouth)

Bass (Largemouth)

Walleye

Walleye

Bass (Striped)

Bass (Striped)