The Monocacy is another classic limestone stream in the Lehigh Valley, located in the City of Bethlehem. This stream averages about 50 feet in width, and has about 10 miles of good fishable water. The upper 5 miles is wild trout waters. The next 1.8 miles is posted as trophy trout water. The last 4 miles flows through the City of Bethlehem and is stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. Starting around the middle of March Little Blue Wing Olives make their appearance and last till the first of May. As May gets started, Sulphurs provide the action in late afternoon till well after dark. Also making its appearance is the Light Cahill. Both hatches provide the evening action until the end of June. As June closes out, my favorite hatch...the Tricos provide plenty of fly fishing action. Depending on the weather, the hatch will start anywhere from 7AM to 11AM. The Trico hatch will last into fall, sometimes as late as October. If you enjoy top water dry fly fishing....do not miss this hatch.
Other flies not to overlook on this stream include the terrestrials. Beetles, ants, scuds and green inch worms all can provide some good fly fishing between hatches.
This is a view of the Monocacy from Macada Road looking North. The section of stream pictured is part of the Trophy Trout Waters section. The Monocacy runs through many properties, and in most cases borders the back yards of home owners. Please respect the rights of the property owners.
Before I close this section, I must not forget to mention the keepers of this stream and the fine job they are doing to preserve it. The stream is maintained by two groups, the Monocacy Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Monocacy Watershed Association along with the co-operation of the City of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Parks Department. All the people involved should be commended for a fine job they are doing.