Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Valley Creek - Valley Forge - 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

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Midday 20-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Black Stonefly Afternoon 14-16 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midge Midday 20-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Blue Quill Afternoon 16-18 Blue Quill Nymph, Adams
April Hendrickson Afternoon 12-14 Hendrickson Nymph, E. hyemale
Green Caddis Evening 14-16 Green Caddis Nymph, E. guttulatum
May March Brown Afternoon 10-12 March Brown Nymph, E. rotundum
Sulphur Evening 16-18 Sulfur Dun, E. dorothea
June Light Cahill Evening 12-14 Light Cahill Dry Fly, S. ithaca
July Trico Morning 20-22 Trico Spinner, T. tricorythodes
August Trico Morning 20-22 Trico Spinner, T. tricorythodes
White Fly Night 10-12 White Wulff, E. lata
September Terrestrials Midday 10-20 Beetles, Hoppers
October Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-22 BWO Emerger, E. lata
November Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18-22 BWO Emerger, E. lata
Midge Midday 20-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Midge Midday 20-22 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra 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

For angling enthusiasts, Valley Creek in Valley Forge boasts some of the best fly-fishing spots. Here are some of the top picks:

  • The Covered Bridge: A stretch of Valley Creek near the historical covered bridge has proven popular for trout.
  • The Train Trestle: An easily accessible spot, it’s located just below the train trestle in Valley Forge Park.
  • The Waterfall: Near the Waterman Bird Sanctuary, just below the waterfall, is recognized for having decent runs.
  • Wilson Road: This stretch of Creek near Wilson Road offers deeper pools for casters. Remember to approach stealthily so as to not spook the fish.

In the Valley Creek, the key is finding the right spot based on water levels and timing. Always follow Catch and Release guidelines while fishing in this delicate ecosystem.

Best Access Points

Fly fishing enthusiasts looking to get their lines wet in Valley Creek, Valley Forge have a number of access points to choose from:

  • Parking Area off PA Route 252: Provides direct stream access and is usually less crowded than other options.
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park Route 23: Offers several access points to Valley Creek along the trail.
  • Yellow Springs Road: This less frequented access point offers serene surroundings and ample parking.
  • Knox Covered Bridge: Located in Valley Forge Park, provides a rich historic background against your fishing expedition.
  • Wilson Road Crossing: Another good spot, particularly for those interested in dry fly fishing.

Remember to adhere to all state fishing regulations and respect posted property boundaries. Happy fly fishing!

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: One of the most popular fish among fly fishers, and the most abundant in Valley Creek. They are challenging to catch and therefore, very rewarding.
  • Brook Trout: The only native species to Pennsylvania, Brook Trouts are a beloved favorite among locals.
  • Rainbow Trout: Although less common than the Brown Trout, the Rainbow Trout is an exciting catch for any angler due to its vibrant colors.
  • American Shad: Peak season for the American Shad is in the spring, specifically in April and May. This is when the fish migrate upstream to spawn.
  • Bluegill: Known for their fighting spirit, the Bluegill is a common target on the Valley Creek.
  • Smallmouth Bass: The Smallmouth Bass provides a real challenge for fly fishers, making them a well-appreciated catch.
  • Largemouth Bass: Similar to the Smallmouth Bass, this fish is also a favourite due to the fight it puts up when caught.
  • Northern Pike: Although less common, the Northern Pike is a highly prized fish for its size and strength.

About The River

The Valley Creek is a significant part of the rich history of Valley Forge. The creek winds its way through the greenery, offering picturesque moments that perfectly encapsulate the serene beauty of the region.

But, beyond its natural beauty, the creek has an important historical significance. During the American Revolutionary War, the creek served as a lifeline to the Continental Army while they were encamped at Valley Forge. It offered both a source of freshwater and a defensive barrier.

Here are some notable historical points to consider:

  • Valley Forge served as the winter quarters of the Continental Army from 1777 to 1778.
  • The healthy and abundant trout population in Valley Creek helped sustain the army during that harsh winter.
  • Today’s Valley Forge park, surrounding the creek, is a symbol of perseverance and reunites the nation’s historical past with nature.

Valley Creek and Valley Forge are thus a testament to the resilience of those who have fought for the freedom that we enjoy today.


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