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Fly Fishing Little Schuylkill River
The Little Schuylkill River is a story book example of
concerned anglers and citizens cleaning up what the
coal industry once destroyed. Nowadays, you can catch
both wild and holdover trout from a large number of
hatches that take place along its seventeen mile long
As the name implies, the Little Schuylkill River is a
tributary of the Schuylkill River. There are several small
tributaries of the LIttle Schuylkill that help by providing
fertile water to the otherwise, highly acidic water. There's
also a tailwater release from the Still Creek Reservoir
that helps by providing cool water during the hot
summer months of the year.
Most of the wild trout are in or nearby the small
tributaries that enter the Little Schuylkill. They have
ample tree cover that helps keep the water cool. They
provide an excellent habitat for wild brook, brown and
rainbow trout. Most of the wild trout exist above
Drehersville near the mouths of these streams.
The wild trout can be very selective at times, feeding on
what's most plentiful and available at the time. It helps to
have specific imitations that matches that food as
opposed to generic trout flies.
The season last for most of the year except March when
most of the stocking is done.
Late Spring is a great time because the hatches start.
Early Summer can be great because of the hatches but
late summer can become more difficult due to increased
Fall is an excellent time for fly fishing the Little Schuylkill
Warm winter days can produce some fish mostly on
Fly Fishing Guide to Little Schuylkill River
The special regulations area is located in Ringgold. It
starts at the 895 bridge and continues downstream for
1.7 miles. (Click Here to Continue)
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
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.