Slate Run

Slate Run, Pennsylvania

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Perhaps the loveliest of Pennsylvania’s freestone mountain streams with browns and brook trout to match. In the East, getting away from it all ain’t easy, but there’s one hamlet up in the area of Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon where people are few. Though Slate Run has been a famous and popular trout stream for a century, its ruggedness naturally limits the number of anglers you’ll find working its pocket water and pools. The reputation of this seven-mile stream extends far beyond the Keystone State. You’ll hear it discussed wherever trout fishers gather—Idaho, Alaska, California—to swap stories about those that got away and lies about those that didn’t. Slate Run, so named for the horizontal beds of shale that outcrop along its banks, flows through a very narrow flood plain in the bottom of a gorge that’s 1,000 feet below the flat tableland atop the mountains. Oaks and pines timber the steep slopes along the river’s course. Up high, where brook trout play, mountain laurel blooms in late May and seem to put the wild native brook trout in a rapacious mood. Most anglers come to fish the lower reaches for browns and a few venture into the upper reaches for brookies which grow quite large. Species: Brown, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing

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"Perhaps the loveliest of Pennsylvania’s freestone mountain streams with browns and brook trout to match. In the East, getting away from it all ain’t easy, but there’s one hamlet up in the area of Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon where people are few. Though Slate Run has been a famous and popular trout stream for a century, its ruggedness naturally limits the number of anglers you’ll find working its pocket water and pools. The reputation of this seven-mile stream extends far beyond the Keystone State. You’ll hear it discussed wherever trout fishers gather—Idaho, Alaska, California—to swap stories about those that got away and lies about those that didn’t.

Slate Run, so named for the horizontal beds of shale that outcrop along its banks, flows through a very narrow flood plain in the bottom of a gorge that’s 1,000 feet below the flat tableland atop the mountains. Oaks and pines timber the steep slopes along the river’s course. Up high, where brook trout play, mountain laurel blooms in late May and seem to put the wild native brook trout in a rapacious mood. Most anglers come to fish the lower reaches for browns and a few venture into the upper reaches for brookies which grow quite large. Species: Brown, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing"

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Slate Run
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Pennsylvania DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Slate Run

Recent Trail Reviews

7/21/2007
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Excellent trail description, beautiful location. Remote, quiet, and highly technical trout fishing (ie: lots of casts, no fish caught). The stream is cold and crystal clear, and the trout are extremely spooky. We'll definitely return - but only if there's a hatch on! Cedar Run (one trib upstream from Slate) is equally gorgeous.



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May 2018