Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for Kettle Creek, Pennsylvania
The upper part of Kettle Creek is a brook trout fishery. Access to the headwaters is best using
SR 3001. The upper section can be reached via 44 east that leads from the town of Oleana.
Pine Hill Road, or 44 East crosses over the stream not far from Oleana. You must hike
upstream from this point. Both wild browns and native brook trout can be taken from this area.
You can access the stream below Oleana from Route 144 South. This is where Little Kettle
Creek converges with it and almost doubles its size. From Little Kettle Creek downstream past
Ole Bull Park to the regulated water, the water is a mixture of fast riffles and runs with plenty of
long slow runs.
The stream also receives the cool water from Cross Fork Creek, a good trout stream itself.
From its confluence with Kettle Creek downstream the stream slows down and has longer,
slower moving runs and pools. Hamersley Fork is the next downstream tributary stream. It too
has cool water that helps keep Kettle Creek cool and is a fairly good trout stream itself. It adds
some more wild brown trout to the mix. Hamersley Fork is also a great little brook trout stream
with plenty of native trout. Fish holdover in this stream during the summer months. From
Hamersley Fork convergence south to Kettle Creek Reservoir the stream is a mixture of fast
and slow water with decent fishing.
The water ranges from fast sections of riffles and runs to slow long runs and large pools. The
method you use depends a lot on which type of water you are fishing. This best procedure is
to try to match the hatch or what is about to hatch and most available for the trout to eat. The
stream has excellent hatches, especially in its upper sections. It has a huge variety of mayflies,
caddisflies, some stoneflies and plenty of midges. It is very clear most of the year and requires
good presentations and flies.
Use short, upstream cast in the fast water sections to avoid having a lot of fly line in the water.
This helps keep a drag free drift. The wild brown trout aren't easily fooled and you need very
good presentations to stand a chance to catch them. The stocked trout are much easier to
catch, of course.
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