Yellow Breeches Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yellow Breeches Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
> Work streamers or swing wet flies early in the day. Either method is effective at covering water and finding fish. > Nymph fishing either w/floats or by tightline methods is killer now. > Try adding some hot colors like orange, red, and chartreuse to your nymphs. > When stream flow is up from recent rain, dark colored streamers like buggers in size 8-4 are good bets. add a Muddler-style head to push more water. This fly was in the Orvis catalog couple of years ago. I call it the Mudd-Bugger. Clamp a split shot directly in front of the hook eye. > Dry flies are producing fish's a bit early for dependable trico action but keep your eyes open. Best time will likely be 7-7:30 a.m. > If there is a breeze, try some ants (#14-20) and beetles(#16-24). Think outside the box with your imitations! Something w/peacock herl really looks beetle-like... > Evening fishing is mostly right at dusk/dark now. Assorted caddis, light colored mayflies are in the mix. > Watch water temperatures. If over 66 degrees fishing will be slow. Look for colder water. > Dry fly fishers should watch for rises. Hatches are spotty with possible sulphurs, bwo's, crane flies, and assorted caddis flies likely. Mid to late morning and again after about 6 p.m. are best bets for surface action. > Sulphurs will be best around dark on bright days. NOTE THE NEWS ON ACCESSING THE C&R AREA IN THE "BEST STRETCHES" PART OF THIS REPORT. Park at the Run below Boiling Springs Lake and walk down or off Criswell Rd., courtesy of Mr. Lee Castles who owns the area between the road and tracks. THERE IS ONLY ROOM FOR ABOUT 3-4 CARS THERE! Please do not park on the grass or this area will be shut down! Parking on the other side of the road is dicey. You could get towed if you're blocking access to the township right of way. THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE ALLENBERRY RESORT PROPERTY! Fishing is allowed and we want to keep it that way. Things are in the works to hopefully provide some more parking so stay tuned...
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yellow Breeches Creek is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Tom Baltz

Water flow: low with a light stain

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 69 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 7-11 a.m. & around dark

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. There is room to park 3-4 cars. The owners of Allenberry allow access along the south bank of the stream along the South Middleton Township Municipal Authority right of way. There is no access to the C&R Area through the Allenberry Resort.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

> Potamanthus (mayflies), #6-8 right at dark on slow stretches > assorted pale cream to yellow mayflies, #10-16 at dark > tan caddis, #16 (morning and evening) > dun caddis, #18, 20(morning and evening) > little blue wing olives, #18-22-sporadic > tricos, #22-24 very spotty, it's a bit early in the season for them NOTE: Most of the above hatches are very sporadic now. Midges and terrestrials play a large role in feeding trout at this time of the season. 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

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Yellow Breeches Creek Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymph fishing by one or another of the popular techniques is likely the most productive way to catch some Yellow Breeches trout. Tight-line Euro-nymphing, floats and other methods all have their place. Try BH Hare's Ear's or Bronzebacks with smaller Frenchies or Zebra Midges dropped below the heavier nymph and suspended by your favorite strike indicator. Tightliners might want a soft hackle or similar dropper off a ring with a small nymph off the back of the anchor. Be aware of any insect activity if you are looking for dry fly action. Match the size of observed insects with ParaNymphs or caddis shapes. Terrestrials particularly ants and beetles are worth a try too.

7-Day Forecast

Hot weather and very warm nights have made for tough conditions for trout just lately but yesterday's rain and passing front have changed conditions. Yesterday afternoon the Breeches was plenty muddy from the T-storms but it looks pretty good now and should be very clear and on the low side by Thursday. Afternoon water temperatures are still uncomfortable for trout in most sections; I took temps in a number of spots this afternoon around 3 p.m., all downstream from Boiling Springs. High sixties was common which isn't too bad, all things considered. The now popular stretch around Barnitz Mill also warms up and water temps in the high sixties are the norm during afternoon hours. It should be worth getting out during morning hours though through the weekend. Weather Guy is calling for unsettled conditions into next week so I suppose that could mean a T-storm, prolly during afternoon hours. Terrrestrials and small caddis are good things to try through late lunch time when water temps may get too high, slowing trout activity. Trico spinner falls are possibilities on sunny mornings with, midges, scattered light colored mayflies and caddis flies around dark. I think the big Potamanthus mayflies are about done but a size 8 or 10 Cream Varient could take a fish or two right around dark. As Always, the Run at Boiling Springs is worth a few casts. Its cool temperatures draw trout up from the main stream, repopulating itself to some degree. That heron is still around so shoo him if you see him. Those guys can eat a lot of fish! Use tiny BWO nymphs, midge larva/pupa patterns and terrestrails and fish slowly and carefully. Might get a few in there on the I.C.S.I. Midge or a tiny F fly. Swear at if you like but the F stands for Fratnik, as in Marjan Fratnik, who invented this simple fly in Slovenia in the early 1980's. Griffith's Gnats in #18-24 are killer too. Think of them as a terrestrial. Try clipping them flat on the bottom. While there are wild trout in the Yellow Breeches, some sections benefit greatly from supplemental stockings. For many years the Yellow Breeches Anglers have done an excellent job of stocking the C&R and other parts of the creek. If you fish the Breeches, you have likely caught some of their fish. Give something back and support them by joining the Club. Memberships are only $20 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 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.

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