Codorus Creek Brown Trout
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Codorus Creek Pennsylvania
Codorus Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River
in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Its headwaters are
located in Maryland. The stream is formed by the
confluence of its West and South Branches. Anglers
have the option of fly fishing Codorus Creek in the
freestone section of the stream or in a great little
tailwater section of the West Branch.

The East Branch along Park Road in Codorus State
Park is stocked and is mostly a "put-n-take" stream.

The tailwater section of the West Branch, which is below
Lake Marburg, was originally stocked but has recently
been reclassified as a Class "A" Wild Trout Stream by
the state. Much of this section is in the "Trophy Trout
Program". It has a very good population of wild brown
trout that go up to and over 17 inches.

The tailwater section of the stream is small, probably
only averaging twenty feet wide with riffles, small runs
and shallow pools. There's a very good population of
aquatic insects and crustaceans. The stream's bottom
varies from soft to hard, depending on the particular
area of water. There's some large rocks and small
stones in some areas as well as muddy bottom in some
areas. There's areas of weed growth on the bottom that
gives the stream the appearance of a spring creek.

The tailwater section of Codorus Creek also has lots of
overhanging tree limbs and can make casting tight in
many places. Some of the pools have undercut banks
with overhanging tree limbs that makes getting your fly
to the hiding browns tough.

Fly fishing Codorus Creek can be challenging at times
but catching several nice browns in very possible if you
use the right techniques and presentations.

The season follows the standard Pennsylvania trout
Springtime is a good time for fly fishing Codorus Creek
due to the hatches. This is provided the discharges are
Summertime is a great time to fish the tailwater because
the water stays cool all Summer long.
Fall is a good time to catch a larger brown trout.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwater

Brown Trout (Wild)
Rainbow Trout (stocked with some


Southwestern Pennsylvania

Nearest Town

First Saturday of April through
February: Part of the South Branch
is open year-round


Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

National Weather Service Link

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Codorus Creek Pennsylvania
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