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FLY FISHING SLATE RUN IN PENNSYLVANIA

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Do you want to fish a beautiful, Pennsylvania stream with wild browns and brookies? If so, Slate Run is just what you're looking for. Beautiful pools, followed by irresistible runs and riffles are characteristic of this mountain stream. Cool, clear mountain water, and a smorgasbord of bugs make this a great place to spend the day.

The 6.5 miles of stream are followed by smaller, secondary roads off Route 414. The upper half of Slate Run is followed by Francis Road, which can be accessed by traveling up Slate Run Road (the bottom half of Slate Run) from Route 414. Francis Road follows the stream from the top end, where Francis Branch and Cashman Branch form Slate Run. From here, Francis Road follows Slate Run downstream for approximately three miles. The upper section of river here is small, but beautiful. Wild browns and brookies are found throughout this area. Morris Run and Red Run flow into Slate Run just below Morris Run Road Bridge. These two tributaries are also good wild fisheries.
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Below where the creeks flow in, Slate Run slightly increases in size and this spot marks the beginning of the lower end of the creek, which is accessed by Slate Run Road. Below where Manor Fork enters Slate Run, Slate Run Road follows along the creek. You can gain access by parking along the road and walking down one of the many trails that lead to the river.
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The roads that follow the creek sit high above it, so be prepared for a short, but steep hike. There's some pristine water throughout this stretch and the mountain scenery is at its best. So, be sure to bring your camera along to take some pictures while you're down in this small gorge. Classic rock ledges and pocket water help make up this scenic section of river. Slate Run Road follows the stream all the way down to Route 414, where it dumps into Pine Creek.

Hatches on Slate Run are very prolific. Since it runs cool all summer, bugs can be found throughout the year. Some of the finer hatches are Hendricksons, Sulphurs, Isonycias, Green drakes, and Tricos. Many other Mayflies are prevalent here and provide excellent fishing all year. This also is great nymph water and it produces well throughout the year, especially in high-water situations. Terrestrials and Tricos are your best bet when the water drops and clears late in the summer. Light, long leaders will help during the summer months when the water is thin.

The entire stream is managed according to Heritage Trout Angling regulations. Since Slate Run is classified as a wild trout fishery, no fish are stocked throughout the 7 miles of stream. This has proved to be the best way to keep a wild fishery going, because the intermingling of stocked trout with wild trout hurts the gene pool of the river. And, if the water temperatures are cool enough all year to support trout, it isn't necessary to stock them when they are naturally reproducing. Slate Run is "living proof" of this point, and is a great place to fish for wild browns and brookies.