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Fly Fishing Loyalsock Creek
Loyalsock Creek is a sixty-four mile long tributary of the
West Branch of the Susquehanna River located in
North Central Pennsylvania. It is stocked in one area
but it also has some wild brown trout in some areas.
The success in fly fishing Loyalsock Creek varies
greatly depending on where and when the stream is
Most of the fishing on Loyalsock Creek is done during
the Spring, or from April through June. Although there
are some areas of the creek that receives cool water
from smaller tributary streams, most of the creek gets
too warm for trout during the hot Summer. There are
large boulders in some areas of the stream that creates
some pocket water but most of the water consist of
large pools with only a few runs and riffles.
The uppermost section flows through the Worlds End
State Forest. The 780 acre park is surrounded by
Loyalsock State Forest. At Forksville, Little Loyalsock
Creek converges with the main stem. This section is
smaller and generally on a steeper declination than the
lower sections. Route 154 follows the creek through the
The stream is stocked from about the confluence of
Pole Bridge Run downstream to Loyalsockville.. The
creek is larger but not as steeply declined in this section.
The lower section is accessible from Route 87. Much of
the stream flows through posted land, so make certain
your fishing public water. Below Loyalsockville, the water
gets too warm for trout much of the year. It's more
suitable for smallmouth bass.
There's a Delayed Harvest - Artificial Lures and Flies
Only section that extends a distance of 1.4 miles from
the Lycoming County line downstream to Sandy Bottom.
Keep in mind this is a freestone stream and the water
levels vary with the amount of rain and melting snow.
You should always check the stream levels before
making a trip to the area to fish. See the USGS link on
Loyalsock Creek has a pretty good population of
aquatic insects. Flooding can and has affected the
population of the insects. There's plenty of minnows and
baitfish in the stream and streamers is many anglers
preference. There's some good dry fly fishing
opportunities during the Spring but most of the trout are
usually taken on subsurface flies.
The season follows the standard Pennsylvania trout
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing Loyalsock
Fly fishing Loyalsock Creek is tough in most areas. Try
the little feeder streams.
Fall is a good time to catch a larger wild or holdover
brown trout because of the spawn.
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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.