MEDIA PA – You can practice fly fishing year-round in the protected and regulated – but highly entertaining, sportsmen say – catch-and-release area that extends for slightly more than a half-mile along Ridley Creek in the Pennsylvania state park of the same name, partially located in Middletown Township, Delaware County.
The portion of the creek that stretches from Sycamore Mills Dam east and south to the mouth of Dismal Run has no closed season. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reports the creek is seasonally well-stocked with trout. Bass and panfish can be found there too.
During any month, fly fishing in the designated area is permitted from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Fish must be caught only with a fly-rod and reel, and artificial flies, and immediately returned to the water.
- Watch a video (above) of fly fishing in Ridley Creek State Park taken during a lightly rainy spring day (Friday, April 29, 2016) or see it at The Post’s YouTube channel, here.
The Sporting Gentleman, a Media PA-based sporting goods store, maintains a blog that regularly updates fishers on the best kinds of flies and sizes to use in the relatively shallow stream.
The park offers special fishing accommodations for the disabled. A handicapped-accessible fishing platform is located along the park’s five-mile paved multi-use trail that parallels Sycamore Mills Road. It is available by permit, which must be obtained at the park office, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media PA 19063; phone 610-892-3900.
Under normal traffic conditions, it generally takes about 45 minutes to travel south from Pottstown to the park. The fastest route recommended by Google Maps follows U.S. Route 422, U.S. Route 202, PA Route 252, and PA Route 3. A free parking area is located along the trail and near the dam at the intersection of Chapel Hill, Sycamore Mills and Barren roads.
The park additionally offers, according to Pennsylvania’s tourism website, “shaded equestrian, hiking and bicycling trails (that) lace the woodlands and old meadows” and “picnic areas (which) offer tables, restrooms and charcoal grills. Picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee. Several of the areas have large fields and playground equipment.
Note: Post Managing Editor Joe Zlomek is a TripAdvisor.com senior contributor who regularly reviews interesting recreational locations, lodgings and restaurants, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Read other articles in this series.
Video by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC
Top photo from WikiMedia