Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for Tobyhanna Creek Pennsylvania

Stocked trout are far less selective than stream born or holdover trout. You can get by with
generic and non-specific imitations. Although catching trout on the dry fly is a lot of fun,
you will probably do much better fishing nymphs. Strike indicators work fine in the stocked

Even though the upper part of Tobyhanna Creek consist mostly of pocket water, the
stream has lots of slow moving water and large pools in its middle and lower ends. Much of
the stream flows very slow. The trout have ample time to examine your fly as well as they
want to. This results is tough challenges at times.

Another problem with the stream is tannic acid. It is tea colored water. Don't let this fool you
though. When you fill a glass with its water and look at it in the light, it appears to be very
clear. It affects the way the trout see your fly much less than you think.

It the upper part of the stream pocket water, we recommend that you fish the stream in an
upstream direction using up and up and across presentations. Fish the current seams and
lines of bubbles down the runs and riffles. When you are fishing the smooth water in the
lower section of the stream, fish in a downstream direction making your presentations down
and down and across. When you fish downstream, you will need to make longer cast and
get the fly drifting drag free. Done in an ideal manner, the trout will see the fly before they
can see the tippet and leader.

The DLH section can be accessed by taking a shorter hike or a longer ones. Most anglers
take the easiest routes to the stream. Putting in some extra effort to reach areas that are
not heavily fished can be rewarding.  
Tobyhanna Creek
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Dennis McCarthy
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Dennis McCarthy