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.

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

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Are you a fly shop?
A. No, but we can refer you to your nearest Orvis shop to help you prepare for your trip.

Q. What size rod should I bring?
A. Lehigh River: 5-7 Weights
Spring Creeks: 2-4 Weights
Susquehanna River: 5-8 Weights

Q. Can you provide lodging?
A. No, but we can help you to arrange a place to stay during your visit.

Q. Where can I stay?
A. 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.

Q. What rivers do you guide on?
A. 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.

Q. What are your nearest major airports?
A. Allentown, Philadelphia or Harrisburg airports.

What Should Customers Bring?

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

Species You Fish for by Season

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

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing experience I fished 4 days with Nick. Although not through Orvis this time I felt compelled to review Nick. He is one of the best guides I've had. I have ample fishing experience but he was great with the amount of suggestions. His lunches were great and his knowledge of the fishery and connection to the area made it even better
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Deal I have fished with Nick many times over the years for Big!! Trout and Small Mouth Bass. I have fished with friends and family and we all had a great experience every time. Nick is alway prepared and knows the waters he is going to take clients out onto.
Date published: 2021-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Only Guide I Use when He's Available I've fished with Nick at least 9 times in the last 6 years. Some days are better than others, but that's fishing. When your guide shows up with patience, thorough knowledge, a gameplan, and a sense of humor, what more do you need?
Date published: 2020-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic guide Nick does a great job and goes the extra distance to make the experience fun at any level. I have been on several trips floating the Lehigh and will keep coming back.
Date published: 2018-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Guided and Late He was late at the meeting point. Never told us why.
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent guide! My son and I have had Nick as our guide for smallmouth the last two summers. One trip on the Susquehanna and one trip on the Juniata. He did an excellent job of putting us on fish. Over 60 fish on a full day trip on the Susquehanna and 40+ fish on a half day trip on the Juniata. Nick put me on a 20+ in smallmouth bass and coached me on the finer points of presentation. I highly recommend Nick! Best of luck with the new business.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PA Best Guide I have been fishing with Nick Raftas for several years. Nick is a great guide. We have fished the Northern Branch of the Delaware, Lehigh River, and most recently the Juniata River. Fishing with Nick is always a great experience planning the day, making last minute adjustments to the trip based on weather and water conditions, and receiving appropriate instruction throughout the day to improve skills. Nick’s 1st priority is to ensure that we have a safe experience above anything else. He is extremely patient, knowledgeable and makes the day a lot of fun. I would highly recommend Nick for family trips and for the more experienced anglers.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smallmouth with Nick Did a full day trip on the Juniata with Nick in August. He is a tremendous guide in every aspect. He has a great personality and is easy to talk to all day, does very well with communication leading up to the trip, and works hard to put you on fish. You can tell that he loves what he does and wants clients to fully experience what he fishery has to offer. He also cooked up a really nice lunch. We probably landed 40 or more fish and I missed/lost another 10+. I left a more knowledgeable and skilled fly fisherman, and that's what it's all about to me. If you want to fish hard and have a really satisfying day, book with Nick and you'll be happy. I will be booking with him again.
Date published: 2017-08-06
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