Water flow: Low and very clear
Visibility: 50 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 68 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 7-8 a.m. to 1-2 p.m. and around dusk
Best stretch: Most popular stretch with fly fishers is the C&R area below Boiling Springs to vicinity of Allenberry Resort. There are trout in other sections of the stream too, both stocked holdovers and streambred.
Best access point: The "Little Run" and the top end of C&R Area is best accessed from the parking area at the southend of Boiling Springs Lake. To access the the lower C&R area, turn down the Allenberry entrance driveway and park on the left in the "Fisherman's Parking" lot. Walk down to the stream from there. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON ALLENBERRY'S FIELD! Other stretches are accessed near bridges and roadside parking areas. PLEASE RESPECT landowner's yards!
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
>tricos, #22-24 >Slate Drakes, #10-12 (including spinners at dusk) >yellow crane flies, #16 >tan caddis, #14,16 >dun caddis, #16/18 >dark grey caddis, #16,18 >assorted midges, dark grey, olive, cream, #20-24 >terrestrials, assorted sizes and patterns >assorted creamy/yellow mayflies, sized 10-16, light, sproadic hatches at dark >Hatches are weather dependent and sporadic NOTE: These reports are from observations/experiences up and down a fifteen 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 (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: 9' 5 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.
Conditions look good for dry fly fishing but observed rises have been sporadic. DF should produce when there are flies on the water though. Otherwise, watch for tricos followed by small caddis and blue winged olives during morning hours and sporadic hatches right at dark. Nymphs are still (yes, still) the best bet but slapping a bobber down on the trout now will likely send them scurrying. Use a long leader with a single or double bead head nymph rig and a tiny indicator or the New Zealand wool indicator and stay back from the selected spots.
Water is pretty low but not terribly so. It is very clear though. We have dodged some of the hottest weather of the season but are not out of the woods yet. WATCH WATER TEMPERATURES! If they are over 65 degrees the trout are under stress. They probably won't be biting very well either. A bit of rain and a cold front are scheduled to move through the area on Thursday so we'll see how that affects the stream/fishing. We could use a bit of precip. as long as we don't get a deluge!