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Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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Yeah - the Yough certainly has many places where wading is impossible.
Nobody in their right mind would try to wade the whitewater section between Ohiopyle and Bruner run.

On the other hand, there are a few sections where wading is relatively easy: the big flatwater section above Ramcat access all the way up to the bike trail bridge.
And about 5 miles below Ramcat, there is a huge flat pool at Bidwell Station that's pretty easy to navigate

Posted on: 5/9 18:33


Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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Voting for the Lehigh. Greased bowling balls on the river bottom. Slick and clunky even in a foot of water. Really enjoyed that river though when I was living in PA.

Posted on: 5/12 2:24


Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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shakey wrote:
mud run near hickory run has those leg breaker holes. giant slabs that go almost straight down with just enough room for a shoe between them.


Mud Run, below Hawk Run has a brutal combo of gradient and tannic water. And while certainly not a big stream, when coupled with the gradient, it's just big enough to be dangerous for sure. There's some deep cliff holes that are nearly impossible to get around, without some serious climbing through very steep rhodo. That section below Hawk is locally known as the "Wild Mile." I'd say Mud, along with a couple other similar ones in that general area are the toughest "small" streams I've been on in PA. DWGNRA has some similar type terrain, but I haven't fished much there.


Number two on my list for all the reasons described above. Definitely the toughest small stream I have waded. Great exercise, though.

Posted on: 5/12 2:33


Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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I know its not PA but an honorable mention is the Ausable River in wilmington NY when the flows are high. You need to be an american ninja warrior to fish that river at times.

Posted on: 5/15 13:20


Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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Lehigh River, I pick my spots carefully and won't wade it over 500cfs

A few years ago myself and a friend of mine had planned on heading down from the rail trail to cross the river upstream of Mud Run. He managed to get across. I got about half way and got busy with some trout and a pile of feisty smallmouths that kept me busy for the remainder of our outing. On his way back across he stopped about 1/4 of the way out, seemed like forever that he was seemingly stuck there. I was all ready with some rope watching. Finally he continued on and made it back across. He then told me that his feet were wrapped up in old railroad rails on the bottom of the river.

Posted on: 5/15 17:15


Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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henrydavid wrote:
Lehigh River, I pick my spots carefully and won't wade it over 500cfs

A few years ago myself and a friend of mine had planned on heading down from the rail trail to cross the river upstream of Mud Run. He managed to get across. I got about half way and got busy with some trout and a pile of feisty smallmouths that kept me busy for the remainder of our outing. On his way back across he stopped about 1/4 of the way out, seemed like forever that he was seemingly stuck there. I was all ready with some rope watching. Finally he continued on and made it back across. He then told me that his feet were wrapped up in old railroad rails on the bottom of the river.


It helps to know your history on that river. There are more than a few of these types of dangers on that river.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_Run_disaster

Posted on: 5/16 11:12


Re: Waters That Are Tough Wading

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Dave_W wrote:
There's a discussion in the Reports forum about the Lehigh River and how tough it is to wade (and Brodhead Creek too).

We've had this discussion, but it's been awhile. . .so I thought I'd bring it up again: What is the worst stream(s) or river(s) to wade in PA?

Some have a reputation for being tough - think (Big) Fishing Creek, Savage River (not in PA, but close enough), the Lehigh, the Yough etc.

My vote is the Susquehanna River, especially up around Dauphin. I wade that area a lot, and it's just really rough on the body and equipment - sloped ledge rock with sharp edges, boulders the size of small cars, cracks and crevices that just seem to always be the right size to trap your ankle. I won't venture out on the Susky without cleated soles (felt with cleats is even better). I almost always have a wading staff, but I'm amazed at the guys I see on the Susky and other rocky streams and rivers who don't even carry a staff.

What's your toughest place to wade?


I've fished a lot of places in PA over the years and from my experience, the gorge area of the Lehigh is no doubt the toughest wading of any place in PA. In fact, just trying to walk along the bank in some areas is rough in itself.

Out of PA, a section of Boulder Creek I fished in Montana was really nasty.




Agree. I always pack an extra set of dry cloths for Lehigh trips. I think on one outing I tool six spills.

Posted on: 5/17 9:28



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