Water flow: normal
Visibility: 26 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 8am until dusk
Best stretch: The entire stream fishes well. The weeds in the upper reaches can make it hard to lure the trout out if the angler is not accustomed to fishing in and around weedbeds. The lower end has less weeds which makes it more popular than the upper meadows.
Best access point: Greenway Meadow- At the parking lot is a sign that shows all the acess points on the Falling Springs. Downstream try Limekiln Dr. The Falling Spring has two special regulation sections. First is the fly fishing only section of 3.3 miles long from the headwaters downstream to the wire at Geisle Funeral home. Here you will find the famouse natural reproducing wild rainbows and brown trout. The downtown section is a delayed harvest and is full of many natural reproducing browns and a few rainbows along with holdover browns and stocked browns. For now the Skelly property is posted.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Midges will hatch throughout the day. Some tan and gray micro caddis during the day. A few little black caddis have started. The sulphurs are light. One thing with spring creeks is have a handfull of cress bugs and shrimp (AKA scuds). These two underwater insects are abundant and provide year rounf food for trout. One of the best patterns is my Simple Shrimp which works on both spring creeks and tailwaters across the country.
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: February 15 - October 31)
Nearest airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 6X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 7' 9" 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout DT
The picturesque Falling Springs originates outside the historical city of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The Falling Springs is known to be one of the finest wild trout fisheries in the East. It’s best known for its abundant population of wild rainbow trout. There is also a healthy population of wild brown trout. Both rainbow and brown trout grow to great lengths. Many reach the 21-inch mark and over! The average ...
length lies within 12 to 18 inches.
One can find these wild trout in the first 3.4 miles of the stream, which flows through grassy meadows and farmland. This 3.4-mile section is classified as heritage trout angling, fly-fishing only catch and release. The next 1.1 miles enters Chambersburg, where it twists and turns through some farms and residential homes. This 1.1-mile stretch of water is delayed harvest. Along with the upper section, the downtown stretch now holds a fair number of holdover and wild browns. Much work has been done to entire stream by Falling Spring Trout Unlimited, Falling Springs Greenway, local landowners and business.
For nymphing go with 4X tippets and dry fly action have some 6X tippets. For dry flies under #18 7X is a must! Some standard high-sticking and upstream nymphing is best. Keep behind those trout! Same with dry flies-stay behind your target and cast no more than 12 inches above rising trout. These are a few of many tiips for catching these wild spring creek trout. these few tips and many more patterns, hatches and techniques can be found in my book, "Spring Creek Strategies" bought at any Orvis store or off my web site.
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