I live 10 minutes from where the east, middle, and west branches combine to form the main branch from that junction I can travel 4 different directions to fish in many different locations, going from a 2wt to a 6wt. Good fishing.
Hope you have an extra room.I never realized how close I live to good fishing until this past winter as I started looking into it. For starters, there is a Class A stream less than 2 minutes from me with stocked fish – yesterday I netted a 6 lb rainbow (guesstimate: around 15” girth, 22” length, glad I had on 5X tippet in the heavy crystal clear water), and also has wild browns and brookies - small fish. But the brookies have been disappearing over the past decade. Yesterday I fished a section of this stream I never fished. Beautiful cascading deep pools filled with boulders and fallen trees. I caught a couple 2 pounders, but mostly fish in the 10 to 14” range. There are also a few ‘secret’ streams around the area to hunt for wild fish.
I am 15 minutes from Tulpelhocken Creek, 30 minutes to the Little Schuylkill and Little Lehigh. And there are many other streams stocked with trout in all directions near and far.
The main Schuylkill River is a few minutes away with stellar smallmouth fishing, catfish and musky, and carp.
Streams/rivers near Harrisburg are just over an hour drive – Yellow Breeches, Little J. The “Poconos” is about a 2 hour drive with many trout streams. Spring Creek and areas near that are a few hour drive, not just a quick decision to go there.
There is Marsh Creek Reservoir just over ½ hour drive that has been groomed to be a musky lake. And lots of farm ponds everywhere that can be fished for panfish on a whim.
I'd say that I could go fishing in different waters every day for quite a spell if I wanted to use the gas to get there - all within about an hour.