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Loyalhanna Creek, located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is a good, little trout fishery not far from Pittsburgh. Located in Westmore County, this creek is a great place to visit if you want to get away and enjoy the day fishing. This creek also offers anglers a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section.

The creek begins near Stahlstown, and follows SR 711 and SR 381 to the town of Ligonier. This section of water is not of much interest to most fly fishers until the creek reaches the town of Ligonier, where the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section begins. The DHALO section runs for 1.5 miles, from SR 711 downstream to SR 2045. Here, it is heavily stocked, and you can easily access the creek by using SR 711, Route 30, or SR 2045. This section is characterized by charming riffles, runs, and deep pools. Usually, you'll find the water very clear and slow moving whenever there hasn't been much rain. The average width of the stream in this part is 50 to 60 feet, and slightly larger below the spot Mill Creek enters the DHALO section, about midway downstream.

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Below the DHALO section and down to the town of Kingston, the creek offers some good fishing for both stocked and holdover trout. Here, you'll find a few good pools which, on occasion, offer anglers some large browns. Trees and shrubs line the banks, but there is still plenty of room for casting. The water generally runs a little stained, especially after a hard rain.
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Summer fishing in this part of the Loyalhanna is not as productive as the upper end by the DHALO section. Due to warmer water temperatures and the lack of good holding water below Kingston, it's difficult to find trout here. To access the creek between Ligonier and the mouth where it enters the Conemaugh River, it's best to use Route 30 and SR 981.

Hatches on Loyalhanna Creek are fairly good. You'll find a decent supply of Mayflies, Stoneflies, and Caddis to keep you busy throughout most of the spring and early summer. If weather permits, and summer fishing is good, Terrestrial patterns will work well. At times, this is a thin, clear creek, so using fairly long, light leaders will increase your odds. Nymphs and streamers work well, especially when the water is off-color.

The Loyalhanna Creek in Southwestern Pennsylvania is a good destination for a day trip of fishing or to just get away from the busy city of Pittsburgh.