Caldwell Creek Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Caldwell Creek Pennsylvania
Caldwell Creek flows through a heavily wooded area in
Northwestern Pennsylvania providing some very good
fly fishing opportunities. Fly fishing Caldwell Creek can
be a top notch experience at times.  It has plenty of
holdover and wild brown trout as well as some native
brook trout.

The Upper branch of Caldwell Creek joins the West
Branch to form the main stem of Caldwell Creek. It's the
West Branch and the main stem of Caldwell Creek that's
most important to anglers. The Upper Branch has some
trout but is very small and doesn't have near as many
trout as the West and Main stem sections of Caldwell

The West Branch starts out as a small stream near
Sanford Corners and gradually gains size. The stream is
well covered with a canopy of tree limbs and has some
deep pools and plenty of cover for the brown trout.
Undercut banks are common. The West Branch of
Caldwell Creek has two small tributaries - Middle Branch
and Three Bridge Run. There is a "Catch and Release"
section that extends from the West Branch Bridge to
Three Bridge Run. This helps protect the trout
population for over three and a half miles of the stream.
It's open to fishing year-round.

Access to the West Branch is provided by bridges on
State Routes #304 and #357. There are some small
roads leading off the main routes that provide some
access. Hiking is required to reach most of the water.

The West Branch joins the main stem of Caldwell Creek
just below the "Catch and Release" section.  The main
stem is approximately ten miles long before joining Pine
Creek. This section is heavily stocked but still has plenty
of wild browns. It's a medium size stream with deeper
pools, plenty of cover and some very large holdover
browns. The water stays cool due to a good canopy of
tree limbs that protect it from the sun. Access to the
main stem is available from Doytville Road - T304.

Both the West Branch and the main Caldwell Creek has
an excellent population of aquatic insects consisting of a
large variety. Mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies are
plentiful. Terrestrial imitations are popular during the
warmer months of the year.

The season follows the standard Pennsylvania trout
season except the special regulation areas are open for
fishing year-round.
Springtime is a good time for fly fishing Caldwell Creek
due to the plentiful aquatic insect hatches.
Fly fishing Caldwell Creek remains fairly good during
the  Summer. The water stays fairly cool in most areas.
Fall is a good time to catch a larger wild or holdover
brown trout because of the spawn.
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Wild and Stocked with
a few holdovers)
Brook Trout (Native)


Northwestern Pennsylvania

Nearest Town
Grand Valley

First Saturday of April through
February  and year-round in special
regulation areas


Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

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Caldwell Creek Pennsylvania
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