Fly-fishing and more in Pennsylvania

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
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Fly-fishing and more in Pennsylvania
Question: What is the fly-fishing like at Pine Creek, Pennsylvania? Also if you have any more info on Pine Creek I would love to hear from you.

Greg Ritchie
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Adventure Adviser: Pine Creek has decent fishing for browns and rainbows, especially between mid-April and mid-June. After that, however, the river gets too warm and the fishing slows down, so you're better off trying your luck on the two feeder streams, Slate Run and Cedar Run, in the area. Slate Run Tackle Shop (717-753-8551) can provide you with a fishing guide for $165 for the first person and $55 for the second (limit is two); if you go solo, remember to pick up a license and trout stamp ahead of time.

Let's face it, though: There comes a time to put the rod away, lose the fishing vest and waders, and try an alternate activity. Rent a canoe or raft from Pine Creek Outfitters in Ansonia ($25 per person, per day; 717-724-3003), or sign on with one of their guided float trips down the Class III Owassee rapids section of the river ($36 per person). To explore the miles of gravel roads and singletrack in Tioga State Forest on knobby-tires, rent a mountain bike from them for $25 per day. Or take to the gorge on foot, hiking sections of the 30-mile West Rim Trail out of Ansonia or, at the southern end of the Gorge in Blackwell, take the 1.5-mile Fourmile Run Trail down a steep, slippery path to the canyon bottom. Camp sites on the West Rim Trail--which, by the way, is bikeable--are spaced apart at miles nine, 16, and 24. For more details, call Tioga State Forest at 717-724-2868.

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