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Located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, French Creek is a quality, early-season trout fishery. This well-stocked, medium-sized creek provides anglers with room to cast and a chance to catch trout just a short distance from Philadelphia. There is a 0.9 mile stretch from the dam at Camp Sleepy Hollow downstream to Hollow Road of Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Only, holds trout into early summer due to the regulations placed upon it.

The creek begins its 14-mile descent from Lake Hopewell, finally spilling into the Schuylkill River near Phoenixville. The entire 14 miles of river is stocked, and a few fish will hold over especially during years with cool, wet summers. Some of the best fishing can be found through the 0.9-mile DHFFO area located from the dam at Sleepy Hollow downstream to Hollow Road. This is one of the better areas to fly fish and escape some of the early-season pressure of spin fishermen.

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French Creek consists of long, slow pools, areas of short riffles, and runs. Beautiful trees line the banks and help provide shade through warm weather periods. Fallen logs and a few boulders add to the creek's makeup and also provide good habitat areas for trout.
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Most of the better trout fishing begins near the creek's origin by St. Peters and continues to Wilsons Corner, which is just downstream from the fly area. Below Wilsons Corner you'll also find good trout habitats, but this area has a better population of smallmouth bass due to warmer water temperatures.

Hatches on French Creek mainly consist of Caddis, but there are a few dependable Mayflies such as Sulphurs, Olives, March Browns, and Light Cahills. Terrestrials also play a big part from mid-spring to late summer, if conditions allow. Nymph fishing is another good way to approach the river. General, all-purpose nymphs such as Hares Ears, Zug Bugs, and Pheasant Tails will produce. Woolly buggers, Matukas, and other small streamers will work well during periods of high water.

If you're going to be in the Philadelphia area and you'd like to trout fish, be sure to visit French Creek. Although it's not a premier trout fishery, it still offers consistent fishing and hatches through most of the spring and early summer.