Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa, PA

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Farmington, Pennsylvania.


Situated on 2,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and just 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is consistently recognized in the travel and hospitality industry. Nemacolin is one of only 11 Resorts in the world to feature the coveted Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards simultaneously for lodging, Falling Rock boutique hotel and dining, Lautrec Restaurant. Nemacolin also, offers some of the best fly-fishing opportunities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. We are able to guide on multiple tailwater rivers and freestone streams most of the year. The Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Program is located at the Nemacolin Field Club over 10 years old.

Date Range

January 1st - December 31st.

What is Provided to Customer

Rods, reels, waders, leaders, tippet, and flies.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Nemacolin offers multiple fly-fishing opportunities. We are one of 15 locations for the 2-Day Orvis Fly-Fishing School. We offer half- and full-day guided fishing trips by reservation on a daily basis, both floating and walk/wade. Also casting and fly-tying lessons are available by reservation daily. During the year there are different cast and blast programs available by reservation. Our elevation ranges from 1700-2300 feet. We fish multiple size waters from small brook trout streams to large tailwater rivers. We provide transportation to and from the rivers/streams.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: High 40's in the morning to high 60's in the afternoon. About 10-12 hours of good fishing light. Average chance of precipitation, water temps in the mid 40's up to mid 50's.

Summer: High 50's in the morning to mid/high 80's in the afternoon. Close to 15 good hours of fishing light in the summer. Below average rainfall with water temps ranging from the mid 50's to upper 60's/low 70's.

Fall: Low to mid 40's in the morning to high 60's in the afternoon. 10 good hours of fishing light. Average amount of precipitation, water temps low 40's to high 60's.

Winter: Low's single digits, high's low 40's. 10 good hours of fishing light, average amount of precipitation/snow.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Meet at Field Club prior to trip, depart from field club location. The client will have been contacted by his/her guide prior to trip. This is when details will be finalized. If streams become unfishable prior to trip we will try to inform the client ASAP.


On-site Activities

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s PGA Tour-tested, Mystic Rock Golf Course, was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. A challenging Par 72, 7,550-yard course, Mystic Rock has received top honors from Golfweek, Golf Digest, and was recently named "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" by Golf Digest. In contrast, The Links Golf Course is a shorter 6,658-yard, Par 70 course that will test your putter as well as your driver. Assuming your vacation will include some much needed rest and relaxation, you will want to schedule some time at the Woodlands Spa. The top ranked Pennsylvania Spa is also internationally acclaimed.

The Nemacolin Field Club is an outdoor enthusiasts dream featuring The Shooting Academy, a 140-acre complex of woodlands, offering 35 Sporting Clay Stations. A spacious Field Club Lodge serves as the headquarters for Upland Bird Hunts and Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing programs. If you seek a little adventure in your stay, then look no further than the Sundial Lodge, a four-season facility that is the central location for the Resort’s Adventure Center activities which include: the Off-Road Driving Academy featuring Jeep® Rubicons, Paintball, Ropes Courses, Climbing Wall and one of the state’s longest Zip Line, the Fatbird Flyer. During the winter months, Mystic Mountain offers downhill and cross-country skiing and snow tubing. For a more unexpected winter experience guests can try snowshoeing or dog sledding on the property’s winter trails. Get up close and personal at the Wildlife Academy, home of the Equestrian Center, animal nursery and habitats and educational programs.

For meetings and events, Nemacolin offers 32,000 square feet of Meeting and Banquet Facilities including four ballrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall, and 24 meeting rooms, making Nemacolin the ideal setting for functions ranging from weddings to corporate sales meetings.

Off-site Activities

Outdoor Adventure:

  • Hiking, Biking & Whitewater Rafting in Ohiopyle State Park.
  • Biking the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Explore the Laurel Caverns

National & Historical Landmarks:

  • Visit Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces including Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
  • Fort Necessity


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Nemacolin offers six distinct types of lodging, ranging from the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel to luxury rental homes.

  • Chateau Lafayette
  • Falling Rock Hotel
  • The Lodge
  • Two-Bedroom Townhomes
  • Luxury Home Collection
  • Maggie Valley RV Park

Nemacolin is designed to indulge your senses, and taste is no exception. The Resort’s Restaurant Collection offers a hierarchy of nearly 15 dining options, from European cuisine at the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec to pub-style fare with burgers and billiards at the Tavern. Whatever your mood, Nemacolin offers more than a dozen dining experiences to perfectly suit your palate.


Species You Fish for by Season

Trout year round - This is true match the hatch fishing. We see multiple species/hatches of mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, and midges. We will target fish using multiple techniques.

Mid/Late Summer we also will target smallmouth bass. This is done with streamers or popping bugs.

Late Spring/summer - We will target carp if the client is interested, this is done by sight casting to mudding/feeding fish with various carp patterns (stillwater).

Summer - Pond fishing for bass and pan-fish (usually reserved for our younger fishing guests).


What Should Customers Bring?

Sunscreen, camera, weather appropriate clothing, rain gear, Valid Pennsylvania or Maryland fishing license, polarized sunglasses, medication if needed, and own fishing equipment if desired.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is gratuity included?
A. Gratuity is not included and is at the client’s discretion. (It is appreciated).

Q. How many fish will we catch?
A. We will do our best to give you as much opportunity as we can (we want you to catch fish more than you do.)

Q. Can we keep fish?
A. No, we practice catch and release only.

Q. Do I need a fishing license with a trout stamp?
A. Yes, you need a valid license and trout stamp for the state you will be fishing in (Pennsylvania or Maryland). Single day/three day licenses are available for purchase in both states as well.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 4 reviews


4 of 4 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Terrific day of trout fishing - 5/26/2015
    By: from Nemacolin, PA, USA

    I had a terrific day of trout fishing with Mike Steiner on May 19th. Despite high and discolored water I still was able to catch 20+ trout thanks to Mike's knowledge and skill in guiding.

  • 5/5

    BROWN TOWN - 5/13/2015

    I cannot say enough good things about the fly fishing guides at Nemacolin. I have to specifically call out Mike Steiner after a day like today, #browntown all day long! These guys are so personable and really make you feel comfortable on the water they know like the back of their hand. Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice, any time out on the water with them will be worth your while. That's the beauty of flyfishing - there's always more to learn and these are the perfect guys to get out there and experience it with!

  • 5/5

    Mike Steiner - EXCEPTIONAL GUIDE - 8/18/2013
    By: from Maryland, USA

    We just returned from Fly Fishing with Guide and Fly Fishing Manager at Nemacolin Mike Steiner. We are a husband and wife who have fly fished from Ireland to Montana and the mid-Atlantic and must say that Mike Steiner is fantastic. From the wonderful service he provided in planning our trip and communicating with us regarding weather and conditions in the days leading up to our trip to his expertise and friendliness on the water... he is top notch. We fished a variety of water and caught lots of fish - some HUGE!

  • 5/5

    A Great Getaway! - 7/19/2012
    By: from Maryland, USA

    I’ve been out with the Orvis guides on 3 occasions and I found them to be knowledgeable and friendly. There’s a wonderful private stream which holds some tremendous (24”+ and well-educated) browns, rainbows and numerous fat brookies, but this freestone stream, like others in the area, is often subject to ultra-low flows during the summer months which render it un-fishable. The blue-ribbon Savage River tailwater has a healthy population of wild browns which can be very challenging to deceive. The North Branch of the Potomac below Jennings Randolph Lake offers a rare opportunity for eastern anglers to catch cutthroats (although I’ve yet to catch one). In addition, the tailwaters offer naturally reproducing brookies, browns, rainbows and good populations of stocked fish (I landed a rotund 24” NB palomino on one visit). If true native brookies are your thing, they’re plenty here in the many freestone feeder streams above the impoundments and also in the tailwater systems. My wife and I have made the trip to Nemacolin at least a dozen times and we’ve always had a great experience. My Mrs. will typically schedule spa treatments (which she loves) and I’m then free to explore the many terrific fisheries in the area. There’s seemingly limitless activities here ranging from high tea to sporting clays. If fine dining interests you, you will not be disappointed. We’ve had many fantastic meals at the Aqueous restaurant and I highly recommend it. The food at the European-inspired Lautrec was delicious, but we felt it was obscenely overpriced for the minuscule course portions (we ended up getting a pizza from PJ’s afterwards to quiet our still-growling bellies). Perhaps I’m just an “Ugly-American”, but I don’t expect to go home hungry after shelling-out big-bucks for a meal. Accommodations can be pricy too, but if you can pass on staying at the impressive chateau or Falling Rock facilities, you can find some more reasonable, but still comfortable, lodging in the satellite townhomes.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Mike Steiner
1001 Lafayette Drive
Farmington, PA 15437

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