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Dyberry Creek, located in Northeast Pennsylvania, offers quality early-season trout fishing. The creek is a beautiful piece of water beginning with the East and West branches, eventually joining and flowing into the Lackawaxen River. Tree-lined banks help provide shade for the trout that are stocked heavily early in the year. By early July, conditions usually become too warm to offer consistent fishing.

The East Branch of Dyberry Creek begins its descent from Lower Woods Pond above Route 371, flowing for some six miles before meeting the West Branch. SR 4007 and SR 1023 both run parallel with the creek and provide many State Game Land parking areas. The East Branch is a well-stocked freestone stream with long, swift riffles and small, scattered pools. A few wild brown and brook trout also are available, especially in the upper reaches of the stream. Just below Route 371, Alder Marsh Brook flows into the creek, adding a little more steam to the East Branch. The East Branch of the Dyberry is very narrow and has a small population of native brook trout.

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The West Branch of Dyberry Creek also is small and can be accessed via Route 371, SR 4017, and SR 247. This section of the creek, however, requires more hiking to access the water, since the nearby roads lie high above its banks. The upper portion of the creek is slow moving with nice, dry fly pools. A few small riffles break up the slow pools and add oxygen to the water.
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The Middle Branch of the creek is a small tributary that flows into the West Branch a couple of miles below the point Route 371 crosses the river. This creek, like Alder Marsh Brook, also has some native brook trout. Just below where SR 4017 crosses the West Branch you'll come upon a set of beautiful falls, which attract many people each year. Below the falls, the stream picks up speed, flowing a short distance until it meets the East Branch of Dyberry Creek.

At Tanners Falls, the East and West branches meet to form Dyberry Creek. Dyberry Creek is approximately 50-feet wide in most areas, offering you plenty of room to cast. The water consists of slow-moving pools, broken up by small riffles. There is a Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Only section from the Widmer property line .8 miles downstream to Mary Wilcox Bridge (SR 4009). This section, located approximately a mile south of Tanners Falls, helps provide better fishing throughout the spring months.

This section, located approximately one mile south of Tanners Falls, helps provide better fishing throughout the spring months. Here, the creek is accessible via SR 4009 and SR 4007 on the upper half. The lower half can be accessed by SR 4006 and Route 191.

Fishing on Dyberry Creek is good all the way down to where it meets the Lackawaxen River near Honesdale. Hatches on the Dyberry include a variety of Mayflies, Hendricksons, Gray Fox, March Browns, and Light Cahills, just to name a few. Caddis also are prevalent throughout much of the spring, along with a few Stoneflies. Nymphs and streamers work well, especially during periods of high water when dry-fly fishing is not as productive.

For an enjoyable day of fishing, Dyberry Creek is a good choice. During the first week of the season, fishing pressure can be heavy, but usually slows down after then. This creek also is a short ride from the Delaware River near Narrowsburg, if you happen to be in the area and are looking for a different fishing option. Keep in mind that the Dyberry is primarily an early-season fishery, although a few fish will hold over, especially during those years that bring cool, wet summers.