The great thing about trout fishing in Pennsylvania is there are many beautiful streams throughout the state, some suited for beginners and some that would test the ability a fisherman with years of experience under his/her belt. Now, I am going to tell you about a few of the most difficult streams/rivers that I have fished in the Keystone State.
The rivers that I am about to mention take a little more time, patients, research and of course, luck in order to catch fish. They are all a little harder to get to than the beginner streams that I mentioned in my previous post, but are well worth it if you’re looking for a challenge.
The Little Juniata River (Altoona, PA) is arguably the most prestigious trout stream in Pennsylvania. People from all over the nation gather throughout this river to catch native brown and rainbow trout, along with to enjoy the sights of the world class waters. Since there are only native trout in this stream, it makes it extremely difficult to fish. This stream runs anywhere from 10-40 yards across, and 3-10 feet deep.
Drury Run (Clinton County, PA) is by far the most difficult and fun trout stream that I have ever fished. This stream runs through steep mountains, making it difficult to navigate up and down the stream. The stream is 5-15 feet wide, and only gets up to a few feet deep. The crystal clear water, rugged terrain and native trout all contribute to the level of difficulty that is associated with this stream. Drury Run contains native brown and brook trout.
Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset, PA) is located only a few miles away from Seven Springs Mountain Resort. It is easily accessible, but the water is fairly tough to fish. There are a lot of small rapids that aren’t very deep, but every so often you will find a nice hole to fish. If you choose to fish this stream, you will be walking a decent amount in order to find a spot to throw your line out, but it is worth it when you’re reeling in rainbow, brown and brook trout. Laurel Hill Creek is 15-35 yards wide, ranging anywhere from 1-6 feet deep.
Stony Creek (Somerset, PA) is another one of my favorite streams to fish, but some parts are extremely difficult to get to. It is located in a ravine, with steep mountains on both sides of the river. Once you get down to the stream, your best bet is to wade in the river until you’re ready to head home. The water is very fast moving in some parts, and the trout tend to lurk at the bottom of the stream. Stony Creek is about 15 yards wide, ranging anywhere from 1-15 feet deep.
Out of these four trout streams, Drury Run is not only the hardest stream to fish, but it is also my favorite. The tough terrain and native trout make it a challenge for even the most experienced fishermen out there.
All of these rivers are great places to go. If you’re looking to test your fishing ability physically and mentally, I suggest checking out one of these streams.