Has it really been since 2017?
I think so…
When I lived in Pennsylvania, I used to fish Valley Creek in Valley Forge National Historical Park virtually every weekend. Those were probably the best days of my fly fishing, living so close to that water was something special. It’s where I pretty much learned to fly fish; first streamers, then nymphs and dries, figured out line management, clicker reels, roll casts, I even caught my first fish on a tenkara rod there. So many good memories.
It’s not a secret stream, not in the least. It actually gets quite a bit of pressure, especially on the weekends. And not just from fishermen… hikers, joggers, dog walkers, and horse riders all come out to enjoy the trails by her banks. Rightfully so, considering it’s one of the more picturesque (and few) wild trout streams in the greater Philadelphia area. And those Valley Creek browns, they might not be the biggest, but damn if they aren’t pretty fish.
Reflecting on Valley Creek makes me yearn to go back. The last time I was there was two years ago, and even then it had changed so much since my heyday of the early 2010s. Would I still recognize it? Would it fish the same? I guess there’s only one way to find out…
The 2019 non-resident (gasp) Pennsylvania fishing license has been purchased. The return is inevitable.
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite pictures of Valley and its residents.