Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Charters

Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Charters

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.
 
Pennsylvania
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania

Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
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Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Show up early on weekend because there is a line to get into marina we were in line for 45 minutes
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5.0 / 5
Show up early on weekend because there is a line to get into marina we were in line for 45 minutes
James  H.
James H. Gordon, PA
We caught limit, water was perfect temp per Captain Ross. He used a fish finder and we fished not far from shore. We trolled, he had several kinds of bait and lures.
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5.0 / 5
We caught limit, water was perfect temp per Captain Ross. He used a fish finder and we fished not far from shore. We trolled, he had several kinds of bait and lures.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Youngsville, Pennsylvania
Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
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5.0 / 5
Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
Michael  B.
Michael B. Penn Run, Pennsylvania
Not a lot of shade obviously so come prepared to shield yourself from the sun. Also, the Oliver Pub & Grill has awesome food
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Not a lot of shade obviously so come prepared to shield yourself from the sun. Also, the Oliver Pub & Grill has awesome food
Pat  C.
Pat C. Media, Pennsylvania
Pick cooler weather for bigger bass. July is not the best time, although our guide made it a great experience. And hire a guide who knows his way around the rivers there to ensure you have the best chance to catch the fish you're after.
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Pick cooler weather for bigger bass. July is not the best time, although our guide made it a great experience. And hire a guide who knows his way around the rivers there to ensure you have the best chance to catch the fish you're after.
John  F.
John F. Elkridge, MD
Look up D. D. Rod father captain Dan explains what his set ups are and how they are used and any ? You have he has the answer not only while your on the water but at home we got alot of fish and little more know how for when we go again can't wait
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up D. D. Rod father captain Dan explains what his set ups are and how they are used and any ? You have he has the answer not only while your on the water but at home we got alot of fish and little more know how for when we go again can't wait
Joshua  L.
Joshua L. Calcutta, OH
Be patient, fish slowly and you will have great results. Definitely try to fish with an experienced captain like Mark Rose.
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Be patient, fish slowly and you will have great results. Definitely try to fish with an experienced captain like Mark Rose.
Ronald  R.
Ronald R. Mount Pleasant, PA
Use Mr Bruchey as their fishing guide and he’ll show you how to catch smallmouth bass. Pound for pound the strongest freshwater fish I’ve caught and the scenery along the Susquehanna River is amazing
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Use Mr Bruchey as their fishing guide and he’ll show you how to catch smallmouth bass. Pound for pound the strongest freshwater fish I’ve caught and the scenery along the Susquehanna River is amazing
George  M.
George M. Linfield, PA
If you’re looking for smallmouth and have a boat, it couldn’t be better. If you’re targeting walleye, wait until June.
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If you’re looking for smallmouth and have a boat, it couldn’t be better. If you’re targeting walleye, wait until June.
Hunter  M.
Hunter M. Bellwood, PA
The Walleye fishing is spectacular and a knowledgeable captain like Captain Dan is needed.
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The Walleye fishing is spectacular and a knowledgeable captain like Captain Dan is needed.
John  R.
John R. Edinboro, PA
Great place to fish the scenery is beautiful and the fish are abundant when they're biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to fish the scenery is beautiful and the fish are abundant when they're biting
David  H.
David H. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
This was our first trip and it did not disappoint. You have to take this fishing charter
Excellent
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This was our first trip and it did not disappoint. You have to take this fishing charter
Rob  M.
Rob M. Pittsburgh, PA
Prepare to have a great time and watch the weather it changes fast. Other than that enjoy and have fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Prepare to have a great time and watch the weather it changes fast. Other than that enjoy and have fun
Steve  L.
Steve L. Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
Hook up with the best charter you can find. SunSetter Adventures is #1 on my list.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hook up with the best charter you can find. SunSetter Adventures is #1 on my list.
Jay  S.
Jay S. State College, PA
i think a psrty of three is sufficient for the boat we were on. four might be a bit crowded especially is the catching is on.
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5.0 / 5
i think a psrty of three is sufficient for the boat we were on. four might be a bit crowded especially is the catching is on.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Warren, PA
Go To Amazing Grace and have Larry show you how to catch fish>..... IT was the best fishing trip we have ever been on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go To Amazing Grace and have Larry show you how to catch fish>..... IT was the best fishing trip we have ever been on.
Brenda  B.
Brenda B. Orrtanna, PA
This trip was made awesome by a great captain. His experience and good personality made us feel welcomed aboard. First mates work was top rated. We waited and needed for nothing. Thank you again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This trip was made awesome by a great captain. His experience and good personality made us feel welcomed aboard. First mates work was top rated. We waited and needed for nothing. Thank you again.
Robin  L.
Robin L. Volant, PA
Book with Old Timers Charter for a first rate experience. I would definitely recommend them!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Old Timers Charter for a first rate experience. I would definitely recommend them!!!!
Barbara  S.
Barbara S. West Decatur, PA
Don't drink the night before. Take motion sickness meds. Look at the waves and sit relaxed as possible. Do that and it'll be fine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't drink the night before. Take motion sickness meds. Look at the waves and sit relaxed as possible. Do that and it'll be fine.
Andrew  M.
Andrew M. Elmira, NY

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