Fishing the Credit River
of the best fly fishing water in Southern Ontario can be found in the Upper Credit
River. This stream trout fishery extends from north of the town of Inglewood all the
way up the west branch of the Credit past Erin, and up the East (Main) branch to Orangeville
and Island Lake. In this portion of the river can be found brook, brown, and rainbow
trout. There are all types of water to fish, from the cascading whitewater of the
cataract to the slow meandering meadow pools in Forks of the Credit Provincial park
and the boggy swamp water north of Caledon. The fish in this river are some of the
best fighting and most beautiful stream trout to be found in Southern Ontario. There
is no and has not been any stocking of browns and rainbows for decades, so the fish
are “wild” in the best sense of the word.
There is suitable water for all techniques on the upper
Credit, with most notably anglers fishing with nymphs, dries, and streamers. What
method works best really depends on the water conditions, but more importantly what
the fish want.
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Credit River, starts as cold fast running brooks up in Inglewood, Orangeville, and
the Forks of the Credit, and meanders through the town of Mississauga as a prime steelie
and salmon river until it empties into L. Ontario at Port Credit. The river is famous
for its many deep pools, shallow rapids, and boulder strewn flats.