This little beauty of a creek is located in Allentown, PA. The stream is about 20 miles long, getting its start in Berks County before it empties into the Lehigh River in Allentown. Several sections of the stream are classified as CLASS A wild trout waters. This is a classic limestone stream with excellent opportunities for the fly fisherman. Hatches are plentiful though most of the fishing season. It has a 1 mile "Heritage Trout Angling" section along with a 2.08 miles Delayed Harvest Section. Both areas offer excellent fishing.
Because of the many springs which feed it, water temperature barely exceed 68 degrees even on the hottest of summer days. The water is very clear, making fish very easy to spot. Sight fishing is easy due to the clarity of the water.
Fly hatches start with the Little Blue Wing Olive in early March and continues to hatch at various times though out the season. In early April the Orange Crane Fly becomes abundant and trout in the stream rise frequently to them, offering excellent fishing. The month of May offers the fly I like fishing the most, the Sulphur Dun. Early evenings till dark offer excellent Sulphur dry fly fishing. Many evenings we fished well after dark using Sulphurs. The month of June in the evenings offers an excellent hatch of Yellow Drakes which continues most of June sometimes lasting into July. But if I someone asked what hatch is the most popular on the Little Lehigh, the Trico would be it. This hatch is so heavy in the mornings its hard to tell which is your fly on the water. The hatch can be found starting around the last week of June and lasts as late as November some years, with July being the most popular month to fish Tricos. If you enjoy Trico fishing, don't miss this hatch!
One of the many signs naming the various pools and runs.
I can't close this chapter on the Little Lehigh without acknowledging the fine work that has been done by two groups on this creek. The Little Lehigh Chapter of Trout Unlimited and The Little Lehigh Flyfishers. Both groups have spent many hours on preserving and improving the stream.