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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-19-2018, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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What is the closest, distance wise of course, true forested freestone stream to Philadelphia? Curious to hear the variations everyone has about what direction from the city they would go, if they would choose a mountainous region over just a simple wooded region, and what everyone defines as a true freestone stream. There are so many to choose from so tell me your reasons for choosing what you did, and most importantly, let’s take it light and have some fun with this! No right or wrong answer here. Except if you say the Pennypack, that’s definitely the wrong answer.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-19-2018, 04:34 PM
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How about the Wissehocken(?) LOL Most of Pa's streams are "freestone". We have a few limestone creeks here in the SE mostly in the Lehigh Valley but a few of them (Jordan/Bushkill)even start out as freestoners before picking up limestone influence downstream. I know of 3/4 in Berks(home county) but most of Berks trout creeks are freestoners. There may be a few more scattered around but the majority of limestoners are in the central Pa region

So the choice is yours really do you want any freestoner then you can stay in Philly area and hit just about any stream or if you want something a little more remote just about any of the creeks up on the Blue Mt. Gamelands or State Forest lands have native brookies(might even find some at French Creek SP). Or if you really want an experience head up to either the Poconos(although much is posted) or NC PA

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I’ve lived in the city all my life so I’m extremely familiar with the Wissy and Pennypack. I was just curious where some of you guys would head. I have never fished for native brooks which I really want to do.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-19-2018, 06:00 PM
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What you should do is start prospecting streams that look good to you. Not many people will tell you where their native brookie streams are because people are hogs, and fish them out. If you find some I suspect you will not give them up either. Part of the fun and satisfaction of finding native brookies is finding the streams yourself. Get out of the city, burn some gasoline and shoe leather and prospect yourself instead of wanting to be given a place to look.
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