Guided Fly Fishing South Central and Eastern PA
Jake Villwock, Owner and Head Guide of Relentless Fly Fishing, has been an industry professional for over 10 years. Growing up in a commercial fishing family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, fishing has been part of his life from day one - so it should come as no surprise that he has chosen a career in the fishing industry.
After graduating from High Point University with a business degree, Jake worked as a deck hand and fly fishing guide in Sitka, Alaska. He spent the winters dog sledding in both Fairbanks, AK and Deep Creek, MD. Moving back to the east coast in 2009, Jake worked for TCO at the Reading, PA and Bryn Mawr, PA locations.
After 8 years as a retail employee at TCO, Jake has decided to start his own business, Relentless Fly Fishing, who will serve as TCO's contract guide service.
Jake guides in PA and NY for trout, smallmouth, steelhead, and musky. He knows a network of guides with connections in Ohio, Montana, Michigan, New York, and Alaska should you wish to explore fishing in those regions.
In addition to guiding, Jake is an Orvis Signature tier, blog-writer, author & fly contributor to Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. Jake also serves on various pro-staffs of leading industry companies such as Hatch Reels, Winston Rods, Native Sunglasses, Regal Vises, and Partridge of Redditch.Contact Jake: | Email: Click to Email Jake | Call Jake: 410-490-3427
Wading Trip Rates:
Our wade trips take place on many of the famous streams in Eastern and Southeastern PA. Some of our favorites are Big Spring, the Letort & Yellow Breeches as well one of the states best tailwater fisheries, the Tulpehocken Creek outside of Reading PA.
Float Trip Rates:
We offer both full and half day floats for trout or smallmouth bass. Our home waters consist of some of the best smallmouth fishing in the East from the Susquehanna to the Schuylkill River. We target trout on both the Lehigh and Tulpehocken Creek, depending on flow rates. The full day floats are normally 8-10 hours long and will cover over 5 miles of river. The Half day floats are between 4-6 hours and included everything except for lunch. Floating the rivers of PA is a great way to relax and take in scenery that is often times overlooked.
2 Day Float Trip - Overnight Float Trip Rates:
The Tulpehocken Creek is an outstanding tailwater fishery located just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. The dam creating Blue Marsh Lake was erected by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1978 is managed as a flood control project. The bottom release dam also happens to discharge cool and fertile water from depths of up to 50 feet which keeps the Tulpehocken Creek cool enough for trout to thrive. In fact, the trout in Tulpehocken Creek inhabit the 4-5 miles of water below the dam, with heavy brown and rainbow trout averaging between 12-14 inches. The Tulpehocken Creek (the "Tully") is also influenced by two tributaries which help cool the lower stretches of the stream during the hottest summer months. Tulpehocken Creek is float stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Tully holdover brown and rainbow trout average 13 to 16 inches with a many over 18 inches. In Spring of 2017 the Tully was entered into PA’s Keystone Select Program. This means the Tully will get stocked twice in the Spring with 18-22” Brown Trout! This steam now rivals the Western Streams in terms of fish size per mile.
Big Spring - Cumberland County
Big Spring Creek is fishing more like a wild trout stream since the hatchery has been closed. The catch and release fly fishing only stretch of 1.1 miles remains, starting 100 feet downstream of the source (Big Spring) downstream to the Nealy Road Bridge. Below that is open regulated water and you can now find trout downstream of what was locally known as the "ditch". The stream on the rebound with plenty of trout to be found within the catch and release water and good angling below the project water. The stream is filled with some stream-bred rainbows and brown trout and the population of stream-bred brook trout is also on the rebound.
The Yellow Breeches - Cumberland County
The world-renowned limestone stream, Yellow Breeches Creek, originates on South Mountain, in Michaux State Forest, Cumberland Valley, near Walnut Bottom. From there, the Yellow Breeches meanders through Cumberland Valley’s farmland, forested areas and suburbs, and joins the Susquehanna River near New Cumberland. The main stem of the Yellow Breeches is some 49-miles long & 60-feet wide at its middle stretch. The most popular catch and release section is a mile long and runs through Allenberry in Boiling Springs. Designated as a "Pennsylvania Scenic River", Yellow Breeches never has a shortage of trout (mix of stocked and wild trout). TCO is located in the heart of Boiling Springs, within walking distance of some of the best water on this historic river.
The Letort - Cumberland County
The LeTort Spring Run is named after James LeTort, a French-Swiss trader who settled near the headwaters of the stream in the early 18th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous mills and tanneries were located along the stream's banks. Later, the stream became internationally known for cold-water fly-fishing. LeTort Spring Run is one of the finest limestone trout streams in the nation, known for large wild browns that are particularly wily. This iconic stream was also the first stream featured on the companion TV series to the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. While hatches are not as heavy and the run no longer produces the large fish it used to, you can still catch some really beautiful fish on the stream. The fish are very wary and the fishing presents a challenge for the most accomplished fly fisher, the stream and the history that surrounds it is worth the trip.
The Lehigh River - Carbon County
The Lehigh River flows for over 100 miles through Pennsylvania and serves as the largest tributary to the Delaware River. Trout fishing on the Lehigh River consists of a 35 mile stretch below the Francis E. Walter Dam from Whitehaven to Walnutport. The river contains a robust population of wild browns and rainbows, that is augmented by a number of private organizations that stock the river, most notably the Lehigh River Stocking Association. In addition to trout, the Lehigh River also contains a healthy population of smallmouth bass. The Lehigh supports an impressive variety of mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies. Drift boat fishing is the number one method of fishing the Lehigh River which acts more like a Western river than anything else here in the East. This river really is one of the best kept secrets of Eastern trout fishing. The Lehigh is very productive from early April through June and again in the Fall. Drift boat fishing also allows anglers to fish heavy nymph and streamer patterns in whitewater situations that would be too dangerous to wade fish. Hooking a fish of any respectable size in heavy water is usually a memorable fight.
Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers - Juniata County
Experience Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass on the Beautiful Susquehanna River and Juniatia River in South Central Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River and Juniatia Rivers are fertile limestone influenced rivers home to one of the best smallmouth fisheries in the East. These majestic rivers are rich in food, with rocks and wide shallow riffles laden with nymphs, crayfish, and other foods. This environment ensures prolific hatches and rapid growth rates for both forage and game fish. If you have never experienced smallmouth fly fishing, you really need to get out and try it.
Schuylkill River - Berks County
The Schuylkill begins as a trout stream in Schuylkill County. It meanders south gaining size as it heads towards Hamburg. From here down to Reading the Schuylkill holds numerous smallmouth bass from 10" to 20". There are also some decent number of Muskie in this river that will make for an exciting day of target casting.