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Fly Fishing Saucon Creek Pennsylvania
A great job has been done in restoring Saucon Creek
into a good trout stream. Saucon Creek is a Southeast
Pennsylvania limestone stream. It now has a good
population of wild brown trout. At one time, it was
nothing more than a drainage for mines. Now, fly fishing
Saucon Creek provides pleasure in the center of a very
populated area of the state.
According to studies done by biologist on two different
sites, the stream has plenty of wild browns. One was
upstream of the High Street Bridge in Hellertown and
another was done in Saucon Park in Bethlehem. There
were substantial numbers of wild brown trout in both
Saucon Creek is a fairly wide limestone stream,
averaging over forty feet in places. It usually has a good
flow rate even though the water is relatively shallow. The
bottom is mostly small cobble, rocks and gravel. It
provides a good spawning bottom for the brown's redds.
You will find the most access to Saucon Creek at the two
parks mentioned above in Hellertown and Bethlehem,
but there's other access points where at the bridges
cross Route #412. Saucon Park is the trophy trout
Most all of Saucon Creek is stocked by the state. Cold
limestone springs feed many areas of the creek and the
water stays cold throughout the summer. There are
areas of the stream you can catch wild browns and
brook trout in the Summer but all things considered, we
think Autumn is a great time to fish this stream.
The season is the general Pennsylvania trout season.
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing Saucon Creek.
Summertime is fine in areas where the creek is spring
Fall is probably the best time for fly fishing Saucon
Creek and a good time to catch the larger brown trout
Wintertime can be tough but on warm, nice days, the
fishing can be great.
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Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
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