Located in Easton, PA. the Bushkill is one of the largest Limestone creeks in the State. The Bushkill is about 10.5 miles long and the stream width averages about 55'. It holds a nice population of stream bred Brown, Rainbow and some Brook Trout, along with annual stockings by the Pa. Fish Commission.
The Bushkill holds excellent opportunities for the fly fisherman, as hatches are plentiful. Starting in mid February, Little Black Stonefly and Little Blue Winged Olives start making their appearance, and hatch well into late March and early April. April till mid May bring Hendrickson and Caddis in the afternoon, and can be very plentiful at times. As the month of May gets into swing, Light Cahills, Slate Drakes, and Sulphurs show up in good numbers. The Sulphur hatch in the evenings can be spectacular, providing fishing till way after dark. Many nights I left the creek after 10 PM and fish could still be heard splashing as I was putting away my gear. The Sulphur hatch will last into late June, sometimes even early July. If you fish no other hatch on the Bushkill, try and make this hatch, its well worth the trip. As July gets under way, Blue Wing Olive Duns provide the evening action, along with some Slate Drakes. Blue Quills can also be fishing in the afternoon and evening hours, but as July gets started, most Bushkill creek fisherman are turning their attention to the morning hatch of Tricos. The Trico hatch is another hatch not to miss, providing plenty of action from early to late morning. Late summer into fall holds a mixed bag of hatches, Little Sulphurs, Slate Drakes, Tiny Blue Winged Olives, Little Blue Winged Olive Duns, Little Sulphurs and occasionally the White Fly all make their appearances throughout the day.
A word of caution about the Bushkill. When Trout season opens in PA., this creek gets very crowded with fisherman. Once the stocking trucks appear, fishing pressure is very heavy... and often times the creek is elbow to elbow. Once the Pa. Fish Commission makes their last rounds of stocking, pressure on the creek drops considerably, and fly fishing is once again a pleasure and often times you will have a good section of the creek to yourself. Late May is the time I enjoy the Bushkill the most, as all the crowds are gone.
The Catch and Release Area of the Bushkill Creek runs for 1.1 miles and is a joint venture between the State of Pa., Binney and Smith Co., Pfizer Corp., and the Forks of the Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Others interested in the well being of the Bushkill include the Bushkill Conservancy and the Northampton County Parks System. Together these groups of fine people have become the keepers of this excellent stream, and should be commended for the fine job they are doing. This section is open year round, with no closed season. Check the PA Fish Commission regulations for up to date information on this section of stream.
The Catch and Release area of the Bushkill Creek starts at the dam shown here, and runs for 1.1 miles.