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Brodhead Creek, in Northeast Pennsylvania, is a well-known and productive trout fishery. Its famous waters consist of prolific hatches and mostly stocked trout, but there are some wild trout here too. Going back as early as the 1950s, anglers flocked here to try their luck. In recent years, some areas of the river have become private, but you'll still find miles of public water that make the trip a worthwhile fishing experience.

Below the SR 1002 Bridge down to Analomink, the river is swift with beautiful riffles and runs accompanied by large pools. This stretch is stocked and has nice holdover trout year round. There is parking by the SR 1002 Bridge, which provides some access to this stretch of the river.

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From Analomink south, the river runs straight after a mile-long channel area that was created by some severe floods. The river lacks holding water here, but you'll still find fish. You can access this area from Route 191 and parking along the railroad tracks will help you get to the river. Below the channeled area lie some beautiful pools, stretches of riffles, and runs.
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The boulders scattered throughout the creek help provide cover for the trout here. Wading can be difficult in this area, so be careful. Felt-bottom wading shoes are preferable here and those with studs will ensure proper footing. The long riffles provide the trout with oxygen as well as a feeling of security. Good-sized fish in the 13- to 17-inch class, are fairly common here.

The area where the Brodhead reaches Stroudsburg is very built up and doesn't attract many anglers. Below East Stroudsburg, the creek begins its journey through a deep gorge, winding through high mountain terrain and descending along its way to the Delaware River. This is a pristine valley where beautiful tree-lined slopes rise up some 200 feet from the creek. Fast rapids, interrupted by large pools, make this a good stretch to fish and add much-needed oxygen to the water. You can gain access by parking in a couple of different places underneath Route 80 and walking down to the river. On the lower stretches of river, water temperatures get fairly high during the summer months, but the influence of a few cold feeders keeps it fairly cool and hold over fish most of the year.

A floating and sinking line will help you fish this diverse river. Early season in higher water, a sinking line with a short leader for streamer fishing will help you get down into some of the deeper pools. Olive or black Woolly Buggers produce, as well as Sculpin and Matuka patterns. Fishing with nymphs in the heads of pools early in the morning also works well. Look for tight, deep seams, formed from the boulders scattered throughout the river, to drift a large Stonefly nymph behind. Hatches on the Brodhead are prolific and here you'll also find a good number of the Mayflies usually found on the East Coast. Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Gray Fox, and Cahills are some of the bugs that hatch on this river. Terrestrials and Caddis are a must later in the year, so try to carry well-stocked fly boxes.

The next time your near the Delaware Water Gap, be sure to stop by the Brodhead and give it a try.