Tips and Gear for River and Creek Fishing
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 In my opinion there is nothing better than standing up to your waist in a swiftly flowing stream, surrounded by forests and sunshine, casting my line in and trying to catch dinner.

This is just about as close to perfect as it gets so far as activities and its also a great, and a fast way to catch fish.

The Allegheny River in Pennsylvania is surrounded by woodlands and filled with swift flowing water
The Allegheny River in Pennsylvania is surrounded by woodlands and filled with swift flowing water

One of the best places in the world to practice the tricks you’re going to learn here is Pennsylvania. The Allegheny River, and  Oil Creek, near Titusville Pennsylvania (nearly the size of a river) in Northwestern Pennsylvania are among the best places in the world to fish. Surrounded by woodlands and mixed hardwood forests, you’re going to be awed by the scenery alone, if not by the size of the fish you catch and the feeling of accomplishment. My dad taught me some tricks when I was too small to really care if I caught anything or not.. Just being there and playing around was enough for me.. Makes me wonder how he ever managed to catch anything, and its a tribute to his skills as a fisherman that he did.

My fishing mentor was a guy named Frank Long, who was one of the most reknowned fishermen in Northwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was the best fishermen I ever knew and  as far as I know, everything he taught me has served me very well not only in Pennsylvania, where I was raised and lived most of my life, but also in nearly every other place I’ve ever been. I’ve used every trick he taught me in Pa, Nebraska and several other places, and the result is the same.. You can catch something in a fast flowing stream or creek anywhere around if you use these.

Oil Creek, near Titusville Pennsylvania has some native Brown Trout that are to die for.
Oil Creek, near Titusville Pennsylvania has some native Brown Trout that are to die for.

When you’re fishing a river or stream, or even a brook trout creek, the biggest thing to bear in mind is to use light gear or even ultralight equipment is going to be your best bet. This kind of gear is going to give you a lot more sensitivity to the nudges tugs and pulls, but besides that, catching monster brown trout on a lightweight pole is a whole lot of fun and helps  you to be a better fishermen into the bargain.

Use 6 pound test although some folks use line thats even lighter, moving to the four pound. I don’t practice that light as the simple truth is, I”m not into  re-stringing every time I get hung up on a tree branch because the line broke.

Yes, you can assuredly land a fish that is 15 ior 16 inches long using four pound test, with no problem at all, but there are other things you can’t land and thats a pain.

The other thing I do that I recommend to everyone is to use live nightcrawlers. They are in fact the most effective bait that exists for rivers or creeks and if you rig them right, they get snapped up almost before they are in the water.

When you’re fishing small rivers and streams  make sure that you’re fishing when the fish are the most active which usually means early morning or late afternoon.

I’ve hauled in some mega brown trout in late afternoon to early evening and its a feeling you never outgrow or get used to .


  1. Fishing TipFishing Tip
    July 16, 2009

    use these 3 fishing tips too.1. Fish face upstream. If you are behind them, you can catch them directly in front of you.2. If you can see to the bottom of the creek, they can see you! Approaching a creek or stream from the bank often spooks fish.3. It is much easier to cast to a pocket, pool or small riffle from the center of a stream and maintain a slow retrieve. Best of all you are in an ideal position to cast effectively towards either bank.

  2. Lexi LongLexi Long
    October 6, 2011

    Awesome article :] I was curious as to who the writer of it is?

  3. Robbi DrakeRobbi Drake
    May 6, 2012

    Actually Lexi, I am the author of the article. Your father is my brother.

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