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Water flow: low and clear
Visibility: 34 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Best stretch: There are hold over stocked trout scattered throughout the length of the Yellow Breeches and fair to very good numbers of wild trout, mostly browns especially in the reaches upstream of US Rt. 15 to the headwaters. There are areas holding wild trout downstream of there too. The mile long Special Regulations area beginning downstream of Boiling Springs Lake is popular with fly fishers.
Best access point: There are access points scattered along the stream especially at or near bridges. Several are located in or at local parks. Please use common sense and respect land owner's yards and property. Access the Catch & Release area from the Run parking lot at the south end of Boiling Springs Lake or by parking off Criswell Road, courtesty of Mr. Lee Castles who owns the area between the road and tracks. The owners of Allenberry are again allowing access along the south bank of the stream along the South Middleton Township right of way.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
>assorted midges, #22-26 (anytime) >little Blue Winged Olives, #20-22 (late morning/afternoon.) >assorted early caddis flies, #14-18 >Hendricksons, #10-14 NOTE: Chasing hatches is like playing the lottery. Only time on the water will allow the angler to be there when things get rolling. These reports are from observations/experiences up and down a thirty mile stretch of stream and DO NOT necessarily apply to any given area. You may or may not see the same things as reported.
Fish species: Wild brown trout, stocked rainbows, browns, brook trout
Fishing season: Year Round in C&R Area (Prime: April - mid-November, mid-Jan.-March)
Nearest airport: Harrisburg International Airport - 45 minutes
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 8' 6" 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Yellow Breeches Creek is one of the famous limestone trout streams of the Cumberland Valley in south-central Pennsylvania. Winding its way through a mixture of woodlots, farmlands and old residential or summer cottage areas for some 40 miles, its brushy, narrow upper reaches near Huntsdale rapidly gain volume from many limestone spring and freestone tributaries. Below the village of Boiling Springs the Breeches ...
becomes a medium to large sized stream coursing eastward, eventually joining the Susquehanna River at New Cumberland.
A low gradient stream of gentle riffles and long flat pools, good water quality and varied habitat enables the Breeches to host a broad spectrum of hatches over virtually a year round season. Notable hatches include early black stoneflies, Hendricksons, Grannom and other caddis, sulphurs, Grey fox, assorted blue winged olives and of course, the White Fly, in August. Other mayflies from tricos to Hexagenia create fishing opportunities in addition to excellent midge and terrestrial action.
Heavily stocked almost year round throughout its length, there is an extremely popular “catch and release” fishery on the Breeches between Boiling Springs and Allenberry Resort. Fishing is very good up and downstream from this area too, some stretches holding fair to excellent populations of wild brown trout.
The New Zealand Strikeindicator is a good nymphing system. Use a small bead head or tungsten head nymph on a long fine leader with the bit of fleece attached several feet above. Concentrate fishing efforts in an UPSTREAM DIRECTION rather than across current. Most tightline Euro and indicator methods are also worth a shot. Match the technique to to the water. On warm afternoons watch for surface feeding with trout likely keying on midges, blue winged olives or other natural bugs like Hendrickson mayflies and caddis flies in sizes 14-18. On warm days blind fishing with dry flies has been catching some fish. Try my ParaNymph in size 14/16. If you want to try streamers think about sparsely tied bucktails and maribou patterns to suggest young of the year baitfish like dace and fallfish. Nymphing Woolly Buggers is also a good bet. The streamers will probably work best on murky, overcast days or anytime we get some precipitation, a rare thing lately.
Stream conditions have improved significantly but we could still use a lot more precip. Weather Guy says cold and blustery over the late week, a little warmer on Saturday. Some flies have been hatching notably scattered caddis, little olives and a few Hendricksons. With predicted cold snap I think dry fishing will be sketchy but should improve as soon as temperatures rise a bit. REMEMBER, ALL FISHING ON THE BREECHES IS LIMITED TO THE C&R AREA UNTIL APRIL 1 WHEN THE REGULAR SEASON OPENS. This Saturday, March 25th the place to be is at the Monroe Township Fire Hall about four miles from Boiling Springs just off of the Boiling Springs Road (Rt. 174) east of Churchtown. The Yellow Breeches Anglers will be holding their annual Spring Outing/Sports Show. This has been a longtime pre-season tradition in the local area and is always held the weekend before trout season opens. Great time, fly tiers, programs, fun food and good guys. This is a hard working co-op nursery club that puts a LOT of trout into the Yellow Breeches. If you have fished there you have caught some of them. Come on out and support their biggest fundraiser of the year! See you there? The Yellow Breeches Anglers have done an excellent job stocking the C&R and other parts of the creek. Give something back and support them by joining the Club. Memberships are $15 annually and are good for the calendar year.. Send check to YBAC, Box 1, Boiling Springs, PA 17007-0001. Contributions to feed the fish are always welcome too. If you see anyone fishing bait or attempting to snag fish in the C&R area or elsewhere for that matter, take a pic and call Southcentral Region office at (717) 486-7087. E-mail thoughts, good or bad, to PFBC Executive Director John Arway at email@example.com. For nefarious activity of a non-fishing nature call the Pennsylvania State Police at 717-243-4121. Enjoy the fishing and please be courteous to other anglers. And if you get into some fish please don't put the location on the internet! General information is good! It always feels best when you earn it.