Fishing Season: All year

Little Juniata River - PA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


TCO Fly Shop's Tip of the Week

LJ is at an average level for the summer. Small nymphs, weenies, and ants should move some fish. Fish early in the morning or late in the day. Watch those temps and use a thermometer!

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Map of Little Juniata River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 8/2/21

Please call for the most current weather and water levels. 814-689-3654

Techniques & Tips as of 8/2/21

Early and late in day have been best. Check your temps and don't fish if the water is over 67 degrees! Terrestrials (ants, beetles, inchworm patterns) have been productive.

Current Conditions as of 8/2/21

Please call for the most current weather and water levels. 814-689-3654

Local Species Available All year

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    Brown Trout with occassional rainbows

TCO Fly Shop's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
CDC Caddis Tan 14-16
Blue Winged Olive N/A 18-20
Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail N/A 14-16
Tunghead Hare's Ear Grub N/A 12-16
Slump Busters olive 4-6
Walt's Worm N/A 10-16
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail N/A 12-18
Bead Head Flash Bugger Olive 6-12

CDC Caddis

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TCO Fly Shop's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little Juniata River

The Little Juniata River, a 35 mile tributary of Juniata River, begins humbly in Altoona when several small streams merge. Known locally as the “Little J” or simply the “J,” the river flows northeast from Altoona through the Logan Valley. This part of the river is a freestone fishery for predominantly stocked trout, but that changes quickly when the Little J bends sharply southeast at the town of Tyrone. Below Tyrone, the Little Juniata flows against high limestone cliffs and receives in-flows from dozens of large limestone springs which cool the river and add nutrients. The river’s deep, chalky-green pools and numerous riffles create the perfect environments to grow truly large trout. The J is a beautiful river, dotted with hand-cut stone railroad arches. But it becomes particularly scenic below Spruce Creek’s convergence, as it flows through the roadless “gorge” section within Rothrock State Forest. 13.5 miles of the Little Juniata River, from the bridge at Ironville to its confluence with the Frankstown Branch near Petersburg, is regulated as All Tackle Catch and Release. This special protection ensures that the river’s wild brown trout are able to thrive and attain proportions that are uncommon in the Northeastern U.S. The state stopped stocking fingerlings in the Little J and most of the river's fish are now wild.

Nearest Airport:

State College Airport (SCE)


BWO (18-22) Tan Caddis (16-18) ISO (10-12) Blue Quill (18-20) Midges (20-26)

Best Time to Fish:

early and late

Best Stretch:

Spruce Creek to Barree

Best Access:

Rothrock State Forest, near Barree, PA - Spruce Creek bridge - Route 453 - River Road