Members and their guests enjoy access to over three miles of unsurpassed fly fishing on one of Pennsylvania’s premiere trout streams, Mud Run. Don’t let the name fool you. Mud Run is actually a beautiful, clear trout stream designated by the Department of Environmental Protection as an outstanding, high-quality, cold water fishery (HQCW). Graystones Preserve endorses a strictly fly-fishing-only, single-barbless-hook, catch and release policy.
The lower section of Mud Run stream starts just upstream from the Lehigh River. It’s a diverse mix of pocket water, punctuated by large glacial boulders and pools. The mid section flows in front of the overnight cottages, perfect for early morning or late evening fly fishing.
Both sections boast a healthy trout population of wild and stocked brookies, browns, and rainbows, ranging in size from 5 to 29 inches. Access to these sections of Mud Run stream is easy, with Adirondack chairs and picnic tables placed conveniently for your comfort and enjoyment.
Continuing upstream for about 1¼ miles, the stream meets Eckert’s Falls - a naturally occurring waterfall created by one of the massive gray rock formations giving the Preserve its name.
The upper section of Mud Run stream is known as “the Wild Mile.” Here there is minimal stocking and every effort is made to keep this part of the stream as wild and natural as anything east of the Rockies. Steep canyon walls reach up to 500 feet, embracing both sides of this pristine stretch of trout water. Rugged natural beauty prevails, with towering hemlock trees, wild rhododendron and mountain laurel lining both sides of Mud Run. Huge glacial boulders break the high-gradient flow and provide cover for the wild trout. It is common to see bald eagles, deer, turkey, otter, bear, and even mink, on this unique Wild Mile!
Interesting information about the fishing at Graystones Preserve can be found in Jay Cassel's 2008 Field and Stream Article and in the "Letter from America" selection in the Winter 2011 edition of The Journal of The Flyfishers' Club, London written by Flyfishers member Robert Berls after his September, 2011 visit. Graystones fly fishing school arrangements for groups or individuals can be arranged through Joe DeMarkis of Rivers Outdoor Adventures (see Guiding & Lessons page or Graystones Preserve Fly Fishing Schools).