Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

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Wild East Outfitters

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter

Phone icon610-500-3147 Email iconwildeastoutfitters@outlook.com Link iconwildeastoutfitters.com
1204 Cranberry Lane
Coatesville, PA 19320

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The Story

Our area of Pennsylvania is unique and special because year-round fishing is available across a diverse array of fisheries. Our fisheries won't disappoint, whether it be floating the Lehigh River tail-water for large brown trout, a summertime float on the Susquehanna River for smallmouth bass and carp or wading one of the many limestone spring creeks for finnicky wild brown trout.

Sample of Typical Itinerary?:

Flexibility is important in planning your trip. I will always suggest fishing during the times that will be most productive and that may change along with conditions.

Trip options:
4 hour walk and wade
Full day walk and wade
4 hour float trip
6 hour float trip
Full day float trip

Typically full days in spring begin between 7-9 am and run until the fishing dies down which could be 6 pm or later. As the spring season progresses we will most likely fish until dark or just shortly after. A full day goes no less than 8 hours.

Summer trips usually begin around sunrise and end mid-afternoon or begin early afternoon and finish just shortly after sunset.

Fall trips usually begin in the late morning and run at least 4-6 hours. Full days are a possibility.

Winter trips usually begin late morning and run at least 4-6 hours.

What is Provided to Customer:

All rods, flies and terminal tackle can be provided at no additional cost. All trips include beverages and full days include lunch. Waders and boots can be provided depending on sizes.

What Should Customers Bring?

Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, waders, boots, bug spray, rain coats and any other preferred personal items.

Date Range:

Late March through Mid-June: Lehigh River and spring creeks
Mid-June through Mid-October: Susquehanna River
Mid-September through December: Lehigh River
January through Late March: Spring creeks

Species You Fish for by Season:

Spring: Trout
Summer: Smallmouth bass, carp and trout
Fall: Trout, smallmouth bass and Musky
Winter: Musky and Trout

Region/Terrain Where You Fish:

Most of the larger waterways such as the Lehigh and Susquehanna are best fished from a boat. Wading on both the Susquehanna and Lehigh is very difficult due to the amount of slippery rocks as well as deep and swift water. The limestone spring creeks of the Lehigh Valley with a few exceptions are very easy to wade and access is usually a short walk from where you park your car.

Typical Weather by Season:

Spring: Our spring season usually begins in late March. Early spring mornings usually start with temperatures in the high 30s to low 40s and reach into the 50s and 60s by mid-afternoon. It is advisable to dress in layers and always pack a rain coat due to the possibility of seeing weather patterns change several times over the course of a day. As spring progresses into late April, May and June most days reach temperatures of 60, 70 and even 80 degrees.

Summer: Most days see temperatures reaching into the 80s and even as high as the 90s. The weather can be unpredictable so it is always best to bring a rain coat and sunscreen. It is advisable to wear clothes that will protect you from the sun's rays as there aren't many places where we will be able to avoid the sun. On most days, all that is needed is a pair of swim trunks and a t-shirt to be comfortable on the river.

Fall: Typically temperatures are between 30 and 60 degrees. Late fall typically brings colder weather and it rains more frequently. It is advisable to make sure to dress in layers and don't forget your rain coat.

Winter: Typically winter temperatures here are frigid and it is not uncommon for wind gusts above 15-20 miles per hour. Dress in layers, with warm hats, gloves, and jackets. Typically temperatures range from the low 20s to 40s.

Are you a fly shop?

No, but we can refer you to your nearest Orvis shop to help you prepare for your trip.

What size rod should I bring?

Lehigh River: 5-7 Weights
Spring Creeks: 2-4 Weights
Susquehanna River: 5-8 Weights

Can you provide lodging?

No, but we can help you to arrange a place to stay during your visit.

Where can I stay?

When visiting the Lehigh River there are a multitude of camping and cabin rental options in the Pocono's and Hickory Run State Park as well as hotels and bed and breakfasts in the Jim Thorpe and Lehighton area.

When visiting the Susquehanna River area there are campgrounds, hotels and motels in the Harrisburg area.

What rivers do you guide on?

Lehigh River, Big Bushkill Creek, Susquehanna River, Tulpehocken Creek, Penn's Creek, Spring Creek, Big Fishing Creek, Little Lehigh and a multitude of other lesser known rivers and creeks.

What are your nearest major airports?

Allentown, Philadelphia or Harrisburg airports.

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