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Fly Fishing Little Lehigh Creek
The Little Lehigh Creek is a limestone spring creek that
starts in Berks County, flows into Lehigh County and into
the city limits of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The eighteen, mile
long stream is a tributary of the Lehigh River. The stream is
stocked in Berks County. The best fishing is in Lehigh
County. It provides excellent dry fly fishing and has some
fine hatches of aquatic insects as well as plenty of scuds.
There is a "Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Only" area, from
the T-508 bridge downstream to the T-510 bridge. This is
almost two miles of "delayed harvest water". The stream in
this area consist of both wild and stocked trout. The stream
fishes very good from the DLH area all the way to the
Allentown Park System.
The area in the City is very well maintained and lined almost
solid with trees that help keep the water cool during the
summer. There is a "Heritage Trout Angling" area that runs
from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge to the 24th Street
Bridge. This limits the fishing to fly fishing only and other
restrictions according to the State of Pennsylvania laws.
This area is approximately one mile long.
If you are fishing the Heritage Trout Angling Section,
remember that barbless hooks are required. There are
several different sets of rules that apply on this stream, so
be careful to check them for the area you plan on fishing.
Little Lehigh Creek
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 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.
Fly Fishing Guide for Little Lehigh Creek:
You have to pay attention to the hatches of the aquatic
insects on the Little Lehigh to fish it successfully on a
consistent basis. This is strictly small stream, spring creek
fishing. The trout can become selective in the areas
where they are pressured the most. The stream born
brown trout are difficult to fool. You always want to use
light gear, just not too light. You don't want to lose a good
size brown trout because you were using too light of gear.
In general, use long, light leaders and tippets. Drag free
drifts are a must. In many cases being successful on this
stream requires that you match the hatch fairly closely.
This is especially true of the Trico, a major mayfly hatch
that occurs over a long period of time.
You should always try to avoid wading this stream. When
you wade you are always taking a chance of spooking the
trout. There are situations where you must wade to reach
some prime lies of the trout, but we recommend wading
only when you have to.
You will find that trout in the short sections of riffles
between the pools are the easiest places to catch trout
but you should also keep in mind the trout are normally
smaller in the riffles and faster water of the runs. The
larger brown trout tend to stay in the pools and under the
undercut banks. When you are moving upstream fishing,
we suggest you try running a nymph or small streamer
down all of the undercut banks in the pools prior to fishing
the faster water.
You can fish the Little Lehigh year-round
and catch trout year-round.
Springtime can be a good time for fly fishing
Little Lehigh Creek, especially the later part
Because of the numerous aquatic insect
hatches, summertime is usually the best time
to fish the Little Lehigh.
Little Lehigh River Hatches and
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 the
Little Lehigh 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.
Although there are several aquatic insect
hatches that occur on Little Lehigh Creek,
the most important ones are the Blue-winged
Olives, Sulphurs and Tricos. Keep this in
mind and if you can catch one of these
hatches, you odds of success will be greater.
Little Black Winter Soneflies hatch during
February and March. Little Black and Little
Brown Stoneflies, both actually Little Brown
Family members, hatch in March and April.
Blue-winged Olives hatch from about the first
of April all the way to October, depending on
About the middle of April you will find Blue
Quill hatching. This hatch last for about six
weeks. Around the same time you may find a
few Hendricksons. The hatch will be short,
probably lasting only about two or three
weeks. Pale Evening Duns start about the
middle of May and last about a month. Light
Cahill hatch during the month of June.
Sulphur mayflies start hatching about the
first of June and last almost until the end of
July. This is an important hatch that is fun to
fish. Slate Drakes hatch off and on from May
until October, peaking in May and again in
There are also a few Yellow Drakes and
some White Drakes, or White Flies, in the
slower pools of the Little Lehigh. Tricos start
hatching in July and last until almost the
middle of September. This hatch will either
produce some good trout for you, or drive
you crazy, one or the other.
Caddisflies are very plentiful. The first ones
to hatch are the Little Black Caddis starting
in April. Cinnamon Caddis, or net spinning
caddis, hatch from the end of April until
almost the first of October. They are the
most plentiful species of caddisflies. Green
Sedges (Rock Worms) start hatching in
April and last until July.
Remember that midges are important
year-round. Often imitations of their larva
and pupa are the only flies that work. This is
especially true when there are no other
hatches taking place. Scuds and Sowbugs
(Cressbugs) are always important.
Terrestrial imitations or ants, beetles and
grasshoppers become important in June
through September. The most effective
ones in this stream are the beetles.
If you haven't done so already, please be
sure and try our "Perfect Flies". They are
the most realistic and effective flies you can
purchase for spring creeks. We have
specific imitations of all the important
aquatic insects as well as the terrestrials
and crustaceans. We have imitations of
Trico nymphs, emergers (with and without
trailing shucks), male and female duns and
male and female spinners.
Early fall can be especially good but trout
can be taken the entire fall season.
Winter can be good on nice warm days.
Midge patterns usually produce well.
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