Slate Run, Pennsylvania


Located in north central Pennsylvania, just a bit south of Wellsboro is the village of Slate Run. It is there nestled between the mountains that one of Pennsylvania’s crown jewels reside. Slate Run is made by two major tributaries, the Francis and Cushman branches. These tributaries and mainstem run fast, clean, and cold; perfect trout water. Regarding hatches and wild trout, one could spend an entire season on Slate to just begin unlocking its complexities. During our short stay we saw good numbers of Blue Quills, Caddis, Hendricksons, and Midges. It is a very healthy fishery indeed. I had a short window to fish Slate between meeting with Tom Finkbiner and photographing the region; unfortunately we did not bring any trout to hand. My wife did have a monster on which eventually broke her off.
Make sure to visit Tom and Deb Finkbiner and the whole expert staff at the Slate Run tackle shop. Tom is instrumental for implementing a Catch and Release section on Pine creek; stocked with world-class German Brown trout. Talk about a treat! It’s not everywhere that you can fish over large, super healthy Browns that will school you on proper technique. And if you are fortunate you may see one of the resident Bald Eagles soaring overhead.