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Fly Fishing Cedar Creek Pennsylvania
Cedar Creek is a part of the Allentown Pennsylvania
Park System. This little stream has over a mile and a half
of water that is classified by the state of Pennsylvania as
a wild trout fishery. The beautiful spring creek has a very
good population of wild, stream-bred brown trout.
The stream also has an excellent population of aquatic
insects. Wild trout can be caught rising to mayflies and
caddisflies on the surface right in the middle of the
Allentown Park System. Theres over three miles of
Cedar Creek within the Allentown Park and more in the
nearby Country Park. Little Cedar Creek, a tributary
stream that flows out of Tresler Park, enters the main
creek inside the park but it is closed to fishing.
Cedar Creek is also called Cedar Run. The entire area
around the stream is beautiful maintained. You would
think the creek would be crowded with anglers but that is
not the usual case because of all the other trout waters,
including nearby Little Lehigh Creek, thats available for
anglers to fish in the area. What a great job the city of
Allentown has accomplished.
Don't let the size of this little creek fool you into thinking
the choice of flies isn't important. There are just as many
or more hatches that take place in this little stream as
there are in most larger spring creeks. Fly choice can be
very important especially if there is a hatch underway.
The brown trout can be especially selective to certain
aquatic insects. The same thing applies to crustaceans
which are a large part of their diet in Cedar Creek.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &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 Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
The fishing is generally good throughout
the entire season.
Fishing is normally great during the later
part of spring season.
Summer offers the best fly fishing of the
year because of the numerous aquatic
insect hatches and good dry fly fishing.
Cedar Creek Fly Fishing Guide:
The methods and techniques you should use fly fishing
Cedar Creek are the same as with most any small,
limestone spring creek. There isn't any place we know of
where you would need to wade Cedar Creek to catch
trout. Some anglers may prefer to do that but anytime
you wade, you are taking a chance on spooking the
trout. If some fish suddenly shoot up stream from being
spooked, don't you think it may alert the other trout that
something is wrong?
Don't let its small size fool you into thinking the trout are
all small because they aren't. There are some very
decent size brown trout hanging out under some of the
undercut banks along the stream. If you fish the stream
early in the morning or very late in the day, you may want
to try bringing a nymph or streamer down along the
banks as close as possible. The best way to do this is to
make an upstream presentation allowing the fly to hit as
close to the bank as possible without hanging it and then
allowing it to drift naturally downstream as close to the
bank as possible.
Although you may find some of the smaller brown trout
feeding in the short riffles, most of the larger ones are
hidden in the deeper water. Unless there is a hatch
occurring, often the best approach is to fish a nymph or
caddisfly larva imitation near the bottom of the deeper
Cedar Creek Hatches and Trout Flies
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods at
the particular time you are fishing. Unlike the
generic fly shop trout flies, we have specific
imitations of all the insects in Cedar Creek
and in all stages of life that are applicable to
fishing. If you want to fish better, more
realistic trout flies, have a much higher
degree of success, give us a call. We not
only will help you with selections, you will
learn why, after trying Perfect Flies, 92% of
the thousands of our customers will use
nothing else. 1-800-594-4726
Midges hatch year-round on this little stream.
There are a few early season, Little Black
and Little Brown Stoneflies that show up in
March and April.
Look for several mayfly hatches to occur on
Cedar Creek. Blue-winged Olives of several
different species hatch from about the last
two weeks of April until mid November. Blue
Quills start hatching in the middle of April and
last for about a month. There is also a
Hendrickson hatch that takes place around
the first or second week of April. It is short
lived, lasting only about a week or two at the
Pale Evening Duns start hatching about the
middle of May and hatch on into the first of
July. Sulphurs usually start about the first of
June and last into July. Light Cahills hatch in
June. There are a few Yellow Drakes that
hatch the last week or two of June. Slate
Drakes usually start hatching around the first
of May and then off and on to peak again in
Caddisflies represent a major part of the
hatches that occur on Cedar Creek. There
are several species. The Little Back
Caddis start in April and can last close to
a month. Cinnamon and Spotted sedges
represent the majority of the caddisfly
hatches. They start about the first of May
and last through September.
Green Sedges, Little Short-horned
Sedges and some other minor species of
caddis hatch during the late spring and
summer months. Crane flies are also
important on this stream.
Terrestrial insects, such as ants, beetles
and grasshoppers come into play from
about late June through September. Don't
forget the scuds and sowbugs. They are
an important part of the trout's diet
Streamers will work better early in the
mornings and late in the day just before
dark when the light is low. If the water gets
off color due to heavy rains where surface
water drains into the creek, try fishing
imitations of sculpin or small minnows.
If you haven't tried our "Perfect Fly" trout
flies, then you are missing out on the best
spring creek flies you can purchase. Not
only are they the most realistic, they are
the most effective flies you can use. Our
Scud and Sowbug flies are very effective
in the small spring creeks of Pennsylvania.
Our stonefly nymphs are the most realistic
flies there are. Our mayfly imitations of all
stages of life are very effective in clear
water. We hope you will give them an
opportunity to work for you.
Early fall provides more good dry fly fishing.
Winter can produce decent catches using
midge larva and pupa imitation.
Cedar Creek Fly Fishing Report:
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you decide which flies you need.
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with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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