Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Pine Creek - Waterville - Pennsylvania

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, RS2, Griffith's Gnat
February Stoneflies and Midges Midday 16-22 BWO, Parachute Adams, Prince Nymph
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 BWO Parachute, Pheasant Tail Nymph
April Caddis, Mayflies Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Hare's Ear Nymph
May March Browns, Caddis All Day 10-16 March Brown, Elk Hair Caddis
June Sulphurs Evening 14-18 Sulphur Parachute, Light Cahill
July Terrestrials, Tricos Morning and Afternoon 18-22 Ant and Beetle patterns, Trico Spinner
August Terrestrials Midday 14-18 Ant and Beetle patterns, Hoppers
September Isonychia, Terrestrials Early Evening 12-16 Adams, Isonychia Dun
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 BWO Parachute, RS2
November Midges, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, RS2
December Midges Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Biot Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Pine Creek, Waterville is a must-visit for fly fishing enthusiasts, characterized by its pristine waters, abundant aquatic life, and beautiful scenery all-round. Some top spots to experience optimal fishing include:

  • Upper Pine Creek: Renowned for its wild trout, stream-fed sections, and relaxing ambiance.
  • Cedar Run : A tributary of Pine Creek, offers a great variety with both stock trout and wild reproducing trout, making it a fly fishing haven.
  • Slate Run : Another tributary, known for its dense population of wild brooks and brown trout.
  • Canyon stretch : Home to Rainbow trout and reputed for its deep pools and strong current.

Remember to consider the season and water conditions which significantly influence the success of fly fishing. In these areas, respect private property rights and always practice Catch & Release.

Best Access Points

If you’re an enthusiast looking to fly fish on Pine Creek – Waterville, here are some of the best access points:

  • Zimmersfelds Bad Boat Launch: Near Slate Run, this is a convenient access point and offers some of the finest holes for fly fishing.
  • Black Walnut Bottom: Accessible via Route 414, this location is especially serene and boasts a healthy stream-bed.
  • Toronita Street Bridge: Located in Waterville, combining accessibility and excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Hanley Park: Sited just south of the bridge in Cammal, it offers bank fishing opportunities.
  • Avis Canoe Launch: Located further downstream in the town of Avis, providing diversity in fishing conditions.

These locales provide uniqueness in terms of fishing experience and are highly recommended for fly fishing enthusiasts. Regardless of where you choose to fish, Pine Creek – Waterville promises a memorable experience.

Local Fish

  • Trout
    • Brown Trout: This is a common fish species in Pine Creek and is often the primary target of fly fishermen.
    • Rainbow Trout: Thriving in cooler waters, this fish provides a good challenge for fly fishermen.
    • Brook Trout: Known for their spectacular beauty, they are the state fish of Pennsylvania.
  • Smallmouth Bass: A popular sport fish, smallmouth bass are usually found in warmer, slower sections of the creek.
  • Largemouth Bass: They are less common than Smallmouth but can be found in the slower sections and pools of Pine Creek.
  • Northern Pike: Known for their aggressive hits and strong fights, they are a prized catch for any angler.
  • Walleye: They are typically found in deeper, slower-moving sections of the creek.
  • Muskellunge (Muskie): One of the biggest and most challenging freshwater fish species, Muskies offer a thrilling experience for all anglers.

About The River

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Pine Creek and Waterville. Pine Creek, one of the largest tributaries in Pennsylvania, hums with a dazzling mix of natural beauty and human history.

The creek witnessed the evolution of transportation, with paths once travelled by Native Americans being transformed into railways for logging and coal industries.

Waterville, nestled by the shores of Pine Creek, has its roots in the 1800s. It turned into a popular spot for fishermen and hunters thanks to the abundance of wildlife.

  • The Pine Creek Rail Trail that we enjoy today was once a railway line for lumber and coal,
  • Waterville is famously known as the Gateway to the Pennsylvania Wilds, an area known for its wilderness and outdoor recreation.

Remember, while today we visit for leisure and the thrill of outdoor activities, it’s the hard-working past of our ancestors that shaped these charming landscapes.


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