Sproul State Forest sign
Kettle Creek
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for Kettle Creek,
Kettle Creek is one of the few freestone streams in Pennsylvania. It is quite different from the
typical small spring creeks that are so plentiful in the state.

Fly Line:
You can use fly lines ranging from a 4 weight floating line to a 6 weight floating line depending
on the flies you want to use. We recommend a 4 or 5 weight, floating fly line for dry flies and
lighter nymphs and a 6 weight fly floating fly line for heavier nymphs and streamers. You could
easily get by with one 5 weight floating fly line.

Leaders should range in sizes from a 0X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. Lengths ranging from seven and one-half feet, up to 12 feet in length are suggested.

Extra tippet material ranging from 0X to 6X should be available for the leaders we list above.

Fly Rods:
We recommend a fast action fly rod, nine feet in length for all three weights of fly lines.

Fly Reels:
The fly reels you use for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines, if you choose to use them all, should be
light and have good drags. You are subject to hook a large trout in Kettle Creek and you don't
want to loose it because of a lousy drag.

We recommend waders. There are few places you could fish without them. We prefer the
breathable type but you could use neoprene waders during the winter if you preferred.
Wading Boots:
We recommend felt soles for your wading boots. You may want to consider the new rubber
sole boots that help prevent the spread of Didymo but we have not tested them on this stream.

We recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. They are the most realistic imitations that are
commercially available. We have specific imitations of all the major insects that hatch in Kettle
Creek. Many of our regular Pennsylvania customers use Perfect flies for this stream and we
hope you give them a chance to perform for you.
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Kettle Creek Pennsylvania
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Perfect Fly Little Brown Stonefly
Perfect Fly Little Brown Stonefly Nymph
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