Near Archbald, the Lackawanna River has been gaining popularity as it has been cleaned up over the past few years. Most people only remember the Lackawanna River as being a poluted mess. But over the past decade, the Lackawanna River has been cleaned up and there is are plenty of large 13+ inch wild brown trout to be found.
The Lackawanna River begins at Stillwater Lake and flows downstream past Forest City, Simpson and Carbondale. The premier section is located five miles below Simpson near Archbald. There is a 5.2 mile long Trophy Trout Project water section known for excellent wild brown trout fly fishing on the Lackawanna River. It starts at Gilmartin Street bridge in Archbold and ends at Lackawanna Avenue bridge in Olyphant. This 50+ foot wide stretch has plenty of ruffles and pools to explore. There are special regulations for fly fishing on this section of the Lackawanna River.
Overall, Lackawanna River is the 8th most popular fly fishing river of all 49 fly fishing spots in Pennsylvania.