Fly Fishing Brodhead Creek
Brodhead Creek is located in the Poconos in the
northeast section of Pennsylvania near Stroudsburg. It's
a tributary of the Delaware River. Although this stream
has had its problems with floods and a fast growing
population in the area it's located, it provides some good
fly fishing opportunities. The local T.U. Club and other
organizations have improved the habit for trout
considerably during the past several years. The creek
has a decent population of wild brown trout, plenty of
holdovers and is heavily stocked by the state. Fly fishing
Brodhead Creek in the Spring during the prime hatches
can be fun and rewarding.
The stream has lots of boulders, some added to help
the habitat, and areas of pocket water as well as the
typical pool, run, riffle configuration of many
northeastern trout streams. The best section of the
stream is probably the section below the state road
#1002 bridge downstream to Analomink. This is a
beautiful section of water that is heavily stocked. Below
Analomink, the river is more like a channel. Although it
provides some fly fishing opportunities, we wouldn't
recommend the area immediately below Analomink.
Farther downstream, the creek again provides some
good looking trout water. Near Stroudsburg, the stream
enters a heavily population area and loses much of its
appeal to anglers.
Below the city of Stroudsburg, the stream enters a
canyon or gorge like area. The area is mountainous and
access becomes a problem. When Brodhead Creek
enters the valley below the gorge, the stream's
declination becomes ideal for trout. There's some fast
water runs and rapids and some long, fairly deep pools
between them. There is limited access but you can get
to the stream in a few areas along highway #80. Small
tributaries feed this section of the river and help keep
the water temperature down during the hot months of
The season is the standard Pennsylvania trout season.
Fly fishing Brodhead Creek during the Winter can be
challenging but produces some nice trout on warm days.
Spring is the best time to fish the stream because of its
The water can become to warm in some areas during
Fall is an excellent time to fish for large brown trout.
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4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.