The irony isn’t lost on Dr. Charles Scagliotti. Lehigh’s 13th hole, a par 3 guarded by Little Lehigh Creek,
is his nemesis. That same creek, however, is
also his oasis.
Scagliotti, a Lehigh member of 30-plus
years, pegs it as his fishing spot. From April
through November, you’ll frequently find the
Allentown, Pa. resident along Little Lehigh
Creek, fly fishing rod in hand.
“I’m the forefather. Nobody else fished
here,” Scagliotti, 75, said. “I said [to the
club], ‘Do you guys mind if I fly fish down
here?’ They said, ‘We don’t care. Just don’t
interfere with the golfers.’ I come over here
every night and fish. I kind of started it at
Lehigh. There are a couple others who fly
fish here. I don’t know who they are. They
don’t do it in a real pattern. When I’m into
it, I’m out here every night.”
Scagliotti takes his waders, jacket, fly
fishing rods and fly lures to the creek, which
comes into play on Nos. 4, 7, 12 and 13.
Little Lehigh Creek struck his fish fancy the
moment he joined the club.
“It was a no-brainer. All of a sudden you
look at it and say, ‘Holy cow. This is perfect,’” Scagliotti said.
The Little Lehigh Creek is a 181 square-
mile watershed in both Lehigh and Berks
counties that includes the 82 square-mile
Jordan Creek subwatershed. Its main stem
ranges from five to 125 feet in width. Little
Lehigh Creek flows from Topton in Long-
Lower Macungie Township and Salisbury
Township, until it converges with the Lehigh
River in Allentown, Pa.
For its part of the stream, Lehigh, in
partnership with Wildlands Conservancy
and LandStudies, Inc., completed a restoration project in October 2004. The project
improved water quality, stabilized the stream
channel and banks, restored migratory fish
passage, reduced sedimentation and thermal
pollution and re-established native riparian
Translation: Lehigh improved the environmental health of the creek portion under its
“We worked with Lehigh to create natural
areas and stabilize the stream banks to allow
flooding in these areas, which alleviated
Scagliotti fishing the Little Lehigh Creek