Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide to Slate Run, Pennsylvania, Conti.
The images show above were take during late August during a very dry time. Even
though the water was low, we were able to catch plenty of trout. The stream has a
good population of wild brown trout and brook trout. It has many small tributary
streams, most of which contain wild brook trout. Slate Run is a tributary of Pine
Creek. The lower section of the stream just above Pine Creek is the most popular
area to fish. I might also mention that another popular Pennsylvania trout stream is
nearby - Cedar Run as well as Pine Creek, which is also a good trout stream.
Its lower seven miles are designated as fly-fishing only water. The stream has some
rather large pools, riffles and runs, and even some areas with rapids when the water
level is ranging from normal to high. Early spring usually requires larger nymphs and
small streamers because the water is normally high. When the water levels get
normal and the hatches begin, anglers switch to fishing in an upstream direction with
dries and small nymphs. Normal pocket water fishing techniques work well during
periods of normal water levels.
Near the end of June, the water is usually reaching a low level but of course, this
varies considerably from year to year. When it does get low, anglers switch to longer,
lighter leaders and tippets. It requires a lot more effort to stay hidden and to keep
from spooking the trout. The better brown trout fishing usually occurs early in the
morning or very late in the day. The brook trout fishing can continue to be good even
during the hot summer.
The autumn season is the best time to catch a larger brown trout. Anglers usually
stalk the larger trout that move upstream to spawn. Nymphs and streamers become
the primary flies used.
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Lower Section of Slate Run
Upper Section of Slate Run