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Pine Creek, in North Central Pennsylvania, is one of the finest and most substantial trout streams in the State. It is a large river that runs through deep canyon slopes, has excellent quality consistent hatches, with beautiful wild and stocked trout. It begins as a small creek above Brookland and eventually grows to 200-plus feet in stretches below Blackwell, where it flows into the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Pine Creek is fairly easy to wade in most spots, and is a great place to begin fly fishing and bring the kids along, too.

From Brookland, Pine Creek follows From Brookland, Pine Creek follows Route 449 to Walton, where Route 449 picks up Route 6, and flows for another couple of miles to West Pike. This section of river is small and holds both wild brown and brook trout. It is fairly swift, and pockets of water followed by short runs help make this five-mile stretch a good place to hold fish, and also drift a nymph. As it nears West Pike, Pine Creek grows in size with the help of a couple of cool feeders.

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At West Pike, Genesee Forks meets Pine Creek, once again strengthening its flow. This stretch of river, all the way to Galeton, is fairly accessible from Route 6. It is stocked by the State, and you'll also find some wild browns throughout this section. The last couple of miles before Galeton are a little deeper, with some nice pools; it's a good area to fish if you have trouble finding good holding water upriver. However, don't be intimidated by the lack of depth in this stretch, because browns will hold as long as there is enough oxygen and some nearby shade.
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The West Branch of Pine Creek meets Pine Creek at Galeton. Here both rivers are backed up by a dam, that unfortunately slows down water flows, and helps warm the water during the summer months. Trout fishing below the dam is for stocked trout, and is best early in the year. By the end of June, most trout have migrated closer to the mouths of feeder streams, so fishing may be frustrating at that time. Make sure you bring along a stream thermometer and check water tepms. before fishing. Once again, this section of river is fed by more feeder creeks, creating a fairly large volume of water before it reaches Ansonia.

Below Ansonia, the river is called "The Canyon." This piece of water is commonly known as Pine Creek Gorge, which is lined with 700-foot high walls. It is a spectacular valley, mostly visited by tourists and fishermen. Access is somewhat difficult, although there are a few simple ways to get to the river(ask for this information at a local sport shop). One good way to access the creek is by canoe. Here, the current can be very swift and dangerous, so be careful. Large sets of rapids break up the pools throughout this stretch.

At Blackville, Route 414 crosses the river, and from here, Pine Creek flows south along this road to the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Cedar Run and Slate Run both enter Pine Creek at this spot and also have reputations as great trout streams. This lower stretch of Pine Creek is not as fertile, and hatches are lacking here. Overall, Pine Creek has miles of good-quality trout fishing.

The hatches on the river are very strong, and you can find almost every eastern bug here. Most of the common bugs, such as Hendricksons, Gray Fox, March Browns, Green Drakes, and Cahills are here in large numbers. Almost all of the other hatches are here too, and provide excellent fill-ins when the other more common bugs are not on the water. Pine Creek in North Central Pennsylvania is a sleeper, and one to keep in mind.