Susquehanna River Fly Fishing

Susquehanna River Valley Fishing Guide

Fishing guide coverSusquehanna River Valley Fishing Guide

Regardless of the season, the natural beauty of the Susquehanna River Valley’s streams, creeks,lakes, and its namesake, the Susquehanna River, invites all to explore the great outdoors.
Along with many pristine fishing areas, which this Guide will outline, the region is also home to three state parks: Shikellamy State Park and Marina, Milton State Park, and R.B. Winter State Park.

Streams and River Offer Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Penns Creek Fly Fishing

Penns Creek was voted one of  "America's Top 100 Trout Steams" and continues to be publicized due to its great fishing. The major reason why this creek is so popular is its large Green Drake hatch May through June. Penns Creek is known for its inconsistent waters ranging from still to some of the most rapid moving waters in the entire state. Penns Creek ranks among the very top in fly fishing within the state of Pennsylvania. Penns Creek is swarmed with numerous amounts of trophy sized trout.

Looking for flies designed specifically for Penns Creek? Look no further than the Penns Creek  Angler. Almost all of their flies are tied by local fishermen to match the hatches in Penns Creek.

For more info, check out these helpful websites:


  • For additional information, please visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website.

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Penns Creek Hatches

Penns Creek Hatches

Fly Fishing Seasons on the Susquehanna River

  • June and July - Smallmouth are adjusting to their summer habits. Mayflies bring exciting surface action. From late July into early August, the white fly appears. This is dry fly fishing at its best. 

  • August - Shady shoreline and rocky areas provide daytime action. The white fly continues providing evening feeding. 

  • September - With the right conditions, all day surface action with poppers and hair bugs is possible. 

  • October - Smallmouth are at their prime. This is a good month for trophy smallmouth.

Fishing License Information

Fishing Licenses are required for anyone over the age of 16. Tourists can purchase a 7-day, 3-day, or 1-day License. Licenses can be purchased online  or in person at the following locations...

Types of Fish

The Susquehanna is well-known for its large mass of smallmouth bass. The Susquehanna is also filled with a great deal of walleye, catfish, and smaller panfish.

Private Tour Guides

The Susquehanna River can be fished at its best through private tour guides. The Susquehanna is well-known for its large mass of smallmouth bass.