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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NW Pennsylvania
Re: Backpacking/Trout Fishing
Two suggestions to check out, but these are larger streams and trout fishing will be restricted to localized sections having cooler or highly oxygenated water during the warmer summer weather. However, there is decent smallmouth bass fishing starting in June and some tributaries may hold brook trout.
(1) Ray Gerard Hiking Trail in Oil Creek State Park. With a young man, this would be my first choice. Has some shelters and backpack tenting areas available along the route. Crosses Oil Creek (a stocked trout stream) in several spots and passes by some interesting circa 1865 Oil Field relics including old cemeteries, pump equipment and the route of the Van Syckel pipeline, supposedly the first oil pipeline in the world. Can get more info at the Park Office and be aware some stream sections are flies / artificial lures only.
(2) The Kelletville / Nebraska Trace Trail. More remote than the Ray Gerard Trail. Follows Tionesta Creek for about the last 12 miles before it empties into the reservoir. Also crosses a few stocked and native brook trout streams. This stretch was at one time part of the Rails-to-Trails, but not sure if it is still maintained? May be rough and I believe there could be camping restrictions right along the creek - since I once heard the Corp. of Engineers for Tionesta Dam has control of property adjoining the water. However, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) abuts this and you may be permitted to camp if hiking back off the stream a ways. Believe the Corp. of Engineers Office at Tionesta Dam can give more info. The upper stretch of Tionesta Creek is even nicer and has the Minister Run Campground. Minister Run is a brook trout enhancement stream and last I heard the trout cannot be kept, but the Tionesta is within walking distance. Also lots of hiking nearby, but I'm not real familiar with backpacking opportunities in this area.
If you want something a little more rugged, look at the Hickory Creek Wilderness Area which contains East Hickory Creek and a few tributaries that often hold some trout in the summer months.