Located in southwest Pennsylvania, Little Mahoning creek
is popular for its 4.1 mile stretch of Delayed
Harvest Fly Fishing Only. Flowing for 30 miles in
Indiana County, Little Mahoning Creek runs cold providing
fishing throughout the entire year. Little Mahoning Creek
begins Just above the town of Deckers point, and flows
through some beautiful country finally spilling into
Mahoning Creek. The headwaters above Nashville are small
averaging 15-30 feet wide. Here the creek flows through
meadows, pastures, and areas of tree and brush lined
banks. The creek is stocked for almost its entire length
including its upper reaches from Deckers Point to Nashville.
Access up here can be gained by using SR 1037 and the
side roads that lead off and cross the creek. A short
small stream rod is choice in this narrow thick area.
Below Nashville is where the DHFFO section starts. It
runs 4.1 miles; from S.R. 1034 at Rochester Mills upstream
to Cesna Run. This section, averaging 50-70 feet wide,
attracts a good number of anglers throughout the season.
Here the creek runs over a rocky bottom with swift riffles
and runs broken up by deep scattered pools.
Holdover and stocked trout are found in good numbers
here There is always the possibility of catching a good
size holdover fish with the deep pools, and cool flows
throughout the summer. Access to the regulations area
can be found using SR 1038 or SR 1034. Both of these
roads run nearby the DHFFO section. Hiking in a short
distance from these roads will get you to the water.
Below Rochester Mills there are still plenty of stocked
and some holdover trout. However, this area does warm
later in the summer months, and does not have the classic
holding water found throughout the DHFFO stretch.
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Most people fish this section early in the season when
water temperatures are more favorable. This area is also
slow moving, and early season rains usually increase
flows to a more desirable speed. However, hard rains
early in the year can make this section off color. If
this is the case, streamers stripped through the high
muddy water can produce well. A variety of mayflies,
caddis, and stoneflies are found throughout the season
on Little Mahoning Creek. Sulphurs and Green
Drakes are two of the mayflies that hatch. Caddis
and terrestrial patterns work well during spring and
summer. Stoneflies are usually best early in the year,
especially little black stones which hatch in March and
early April. Nymphs and streamers are usually good especially
early in the morning or when the water is off color.
Little Mahoning Creek is a wonderful little stream. Try
the 4.1 mile stretch of fly fishing water found along
its path. As many other people do, you may come back
to fish it again.