Big Bushkill Creek
Fly Fishing Big Bushkill Creek
Big Bushkill Creek is located in the Pocono Mountains.
The fishing area of Big Bushkill is less than twelve miles
long. Half of the area that hold trout is under the
"Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Only Regulations of
Pennsylvania". Big Bushkill Creek is a tributary of the
Delaware River.

The state of Pennsylvania has several streams with the
same names. There are also multiple "Little Bushkill
Creeks". By the way, the state doesn't spell it the same
way the Federal maps spell it, which adds to the
confusion. Federal maps use "Bush Kill". The name
"Bushkill", however you spell it, just adds to the list of
Pensylvania streams names such as Elk Creek, Spring
Creek, Fishing Creek and many others that are in the
"confused" category.

There are several areas that offer access to Big
Bushkill Creek. The Ressica Falls Scout Reservation is
one of those areas. Registration is required at the Boy
Scott Headquarters to fish its waters. It's a beautiful
place to fish. The stream has several smaller size
waterfalls that makes it a popular place for other
recreational users as well as angles.

Parts of this stream can get too warm to offer good trout
fishing during the hot summer. Most anglers prefer to
fish it during Spring and early June. That's the main
reason for having the Delayed Harvest Section.

Little Bushkill, a tributary creek, also provides some
good fly fishing opportunities. Like its name implies, it is
just a small version of the Big Bushkill. Both have good
hatches and provide good dry fly fishing at certain times
of the year.

Bushkill Creek is fished as much or more by visiting
anglers as it is by local anglers. It is only seventy miles
from New York City. This stream is right on the New
Jersey border and naturally it gets a lot of anglers from

The best fishing for fly fishing Big Bushkill Creek is in
the Spring, early Summer and Fall months of the year
due to warm summertime water temperatures.
Spring is the best time due to several aquatic insect  
Only the first part of the summer, or early June,
provides good fishing opportunity.
The water gets cool again in October and the fishing will
pick back up.

Fly Fishing Guide to the
The stream has some good sized pools, long runs and
some riffles.
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Type of Stream

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Brook Trout
(Stocked with Holdovers)

Medium to Large

Northeastern Pennsylvania

Nearest Towns

Year-round Delayed Harvest Section

Fair to Good

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

National Weather Service Link

Hatch Chart
Perfect Fly Hatch Chart

Fly Fishing Guide

Hatches and Flies

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Big Bushkill Creek
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