Troutbitten Guided Fly Fishing Trips

 

 

Where do you want to go?  What do you want to learn?  What do you want to catch?

 

I offer guided fly fishing trips to the storied waters of Central Pennsylvania: Spring Creek, Penns Creek, Little Juniata River, Fishing Creek, and many lesser known waters in the Northern Pennsylvania region of Elk, Cameron, Clarion, Jefferson, and Potter counties.

This area of Pennsylvania is full of wild brown trout and native brook trout. Each river has its own mystery, its own gifts and its own set of challenges.

The limestone streams of Central Pennsylvania provide consistent flows all year long. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, the constant flows of limestone springs offer a nutrient rich, stable habitat for trout and year-round opportunities for fly fishers. All of these rivers feature Catch and Release regulations for much of their length.

The freestone rivers of North Central Pennsylvania are mostly high gradient, tumbling waters. Action and opportunities are less consistent, but the wild brown trout are sometimes larger. The brook trout strongholds of this region provide an isolated adventure in the back country of Pennsylvania state forests.

 

 

Guided Waters

Spring Creek

Spring Creek is the quintessential classroom on the water. With Catch and Release regs from top to bottom, Spring is easily wadeable, has the most stable flows in the region, and there’s a trout behind every rock — usually two.

 

Penns Creek

With its special regs waters tucked deep into the state forest lands of Pennsylvania, Penns Creek is flat out gorgeous. Limestone influenced, with a freestone feel, Penns holds some of the best wild brown trout fishing in the state. Its reputation as a “bug factory” is well deserved, and the stellar hatches feed big, healthy wild brown trout.

 

Little Juniata River

Under Catch and Release regulations for the last decade, the Little J has grown into one of Pennsylvania’s premier wild trout streams. It has a wonderful mix of riffles, runs and pools. “The creek with all those old railroad bridges” is full of willing trout for ambitious anglers.

 

Fishing Creek

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) is perhaps the most challenging of the Central Pennsylvania limestoners. But while the trout are selective, the rewards are within reach. The special regs area tumbles through a steep valley. Narrow and shaded, the cool, nutrient rich waters are full of the bugs that trout eat. It’s the perfect setup.

 

More Waters

Beyond the big names are hidden treasures. And the Northern Pennsylvania region of Elk, Cameron, Clarion, Jefferson, and Potter counties holds plenty of opportunity.

These perhaps lesser-known rivers each have their own particular charms. From the wild and winding upper reaches of the feeder streams, to the wide flats of the big freestone rivers, there’s something new to be discovered in every water. And trout are everywhere to be found.

 

 

 

 

Where do you want to go?  What do you want to learn?  What do you want to catch?

 

You can tell me, “Let’s go fish Spring Creek,” and we’ll do that. With over two decades spent fishing and exploring this region, I know these rivers well.

But is there something specific that you want to learn? Something new to try on the water? What do you want to do out there?

 

 

Specialized Trips

 

Mono Rig Masterclass

The Mono Rig is a hybrid system for fishing nymphs (both tight line and indicator styles), streamers, dry-dropper, wets, and small dries, with twenty pound monofilament as a fly line substitute. I’ve written about it extensively on Troutbitten, and in one trip I can show you all the variations of the Mono Rig.

 

Trico Trips

When summer begins to slow the fishing action, our most consistent hatch is just getting started. Good Trico fishing starts in early or mid July and rolls through September. Many mornings see a Trico spinner fall with excellent action on top. This is technical dry fly fishing at its best.

 

Night Fishing Trips

Fly fishing at night is the most unusual, unique thing I’ve ever learned on a fly rod. So much is different about the night game that it helps to have a jump start. Anglers willing to walk into the dark for a trout are a rare breed. But if you want an exciting experience like none other, let’s go night fishing. (Night trips start about an hour before dusk, providing a chance to explore and develop a mental picture of the water you’ll fish after dark.)

 

Winter Trips

When most fly fishers pack away the long rods, my favorite season is just getting started. Winter days equal solitude and unpressured trout. And some of the best memories of my life are days with my boot tracks as the only ones in the snow. Our wild trout feed all winter long. It just takes the right tactics to find them.

 

 

 

 

Pricing

 

Half Day Trips (4 hours) — One Angler $275 | Two Anglers $300

Half days include snacks and beverage.

Full Day Trips (8 hours) — One Angler $350 | Two Anglers $400

Full days include lunch and beverages.

 

Flies, tippets and leaders are provided for all trips.

 

 

Booking

 

Get in touch to secure your date. Email me: domenick@troutbitten.com or use the contact form below.

 

Domenick Swentosky

 

Where do you want to go?  What do you want to learn?  What do you want to catch?