Category Archives: Southwestern Pennsylvania

Off the beaten path for Opening Day of Trout Season in Southwestern Pennsylvania

crowded trout fishing

It goes without question that early season trout fishing in Pennsylvania means crowded streams. All of the open stocked waters are filled with happy hatchery trout and it’s a great to see families, and friends out for a fish.

I have written about stocked trout and fishing for them a few times. Including good early season flies. Through the years I have gone the spectrum from sleeping in my car waiting for the opening day bonanza to sneaking out to small native runs and finding my own bit of nirvana.
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Fly Fishing Meadow Run, Ohiopyle Pennsylvania

We recently fished Meadow Run located in Ohiopyle Pennsylvania. A classic mountain stream, Meadow Run offering the angler an opportunity to catch trout in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Afterwards check out the charming town of Ohiopyle – it’s got something for anglers and non-anglers alike. More information about Meadow Run

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Congratulations Olga Herbert and the Trout Trail Team!

Olga Herbert is the mastermind behind the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail. I am honored to support her efforts in growing our regions fly fishing and tourism opportunities. The Laurel Highlands is recognized by Trout Unlimited as of one the “10 Special Places in the East.” Join me in exploring our regions wonderful resources.

Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania: Linn Run

Linn Run truly is a success story. The region and watershed were devastated during the mid-to-late 19th century and very early 20th century. Clear cut lumbering resulting in wildfires were the sources of this devastation. Further damage was caused by acid rain carried in the jet stream from the Ohio valley rust belt. Through arduous conservation efforts, the valley is now a thriving second growth forest with healthy habitat intact. Continue reading Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania: Linn Run

Great Fly Fishing on The Stonycreek River



These fine gentleman found the Stonycreek River pleasurable but it lives up to it’s name – Stony. I can tell you it’s solid work on the ol’ legs. I highly recommend using a wading stick. Depending on the season you will find good populations of mayflies, stoneflies, caddis, and terrestrials, but don’t forget streamers. There are many folks key to the River’s comeback but hands down Len Lichvar is the man. Len continues to protect and improve the the Stony Creek watershed. Here is a timeline describing his decades of improvement. I will have more to post about Len and the Stonycreek river but for now check out the websites below:
The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Project:
Trout Unlimited Mountain Laurel Chapter:

Stonycreek flows for 46 miles beginning at Pius Spring in Berlin Borough and confluences with the Little Conemaugh river in Johnstown. Stony has varying terrain and vertical drop ranging from pasture-like meadows to raging rapids. It is comprised from five major tributaries: Wells Creek, Quemahoning Creek, Shade Creek, Paint Creek, and Bens Creek. Get out there and enjoy it just like my customers above did!

Brown Trout on Loyalhanna Creek Pennsylvania

By improving his casting and creating in-the-air mends Adam is rewarded with this beautiful Loyalhannah brown trout . We recently spent an evening on the Delayed Harvest section, which has been greatly improved through the years by the Fobres Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Trout evolved from a marine species that moved south during the ice ages and returned north afterwards. Transported by man in the nineteenth century, trout did not move south beyond the equator on their own naturally. Originally, from Europe, the Brown trout range now includes Asia. Much of fly fishing history takes place in Britain. North American fly fishing is considered the new kid on the block.

Brown trout often described as the wariest and hardest to catch of all trout. Not a native of the United States, they were stocked in the late 1800s from various locations, including Scotland and Germany. Typically sizes averages 10 to 16 inches but many grow much larger. As they grow, above 20 inches or so, their diet changes from a staple of bugs to less often but more substantial meaty meals like minnows and crawfish.

Fly Fishing Southwestern Pennsylvania: Meadow Run

Southwestern Pennsylvania Meadow Run
Meadow Run is a classic freestone mountain stream, making a steep descent to the Youghiogheny River finally entering below the Ohiopyle falls. The Meadow Run trail is accessible from the lower parking lot located at the intersection of Route 381 and SR 2010 (Ohiopyle Road), the middle parking lot located SR 26063 (Dinner Bell Road) and the upper stream parking lots located in Ohiopyle State Park approximately one half mile upstream on SR 26063 (Dinner Bell Road). Most portions of the trail follow the stream making fishing easily accessible.
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