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
> Fish prime water thoroughly; the water is cold. Don't count on a bite on the first cast... > Nymph fishing either w/floats or by tightline methods is killer now. > Match your nymphing techniques to the type of water being fished. I like floats in slower pools and long runs and tightline methods in faster riffles and pocket water. > Try adding some hot colors like orange, red, and chartreuse to your nymphs. > Stream flows are strong so extra weight in the fly is called for. Larger tungsten beads and maybe some lead wire behind them will help get those flies down in the fast currents. > Dark colored streamers like buggers in size 8-4 are always good bets in the Breeches. 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. > On brighter days with good water clarity try lighter colored streamers. Ed Shenk's White Minnow is an excellent pattern to try. > Late morning through late afternoon watch for very small BWO's. Cloudy days are usually best. > Best times to fish are basically the middle hours of the day, say from 11 a.m. to maybe 3 p.m. or so. > Always consider water tempertures! We are beyond worrying about them being too high for trouts' comfort but they may be too low! Better fishing may be had as temps begin to rise in late morning but fish/bug activity will drop quickly as temps spike and begin to fall in late afternoon hours. > Please watch for redds, those freshly scooped out areas of gravel where trout have recently deposited eggs. Don't step on or into them, just work around, leaving them undisturbed. > A wading staff isn't a bad idea; the normally placid and friendly Yellow Breeches has a lot of water in it and a staff isn't just for sissies and old guys like me. Using one could save you a VERY unpleasant trip!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yellow Breeches Creek is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Tom Baltz

Water flow: Strong flow but clear

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or so

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:

> little blue wing olives, #18-22 (sporadic, but watch mid- day to late afternoon, especially on overcast days) > Assorted midges, #20-24 > Small dark winter stone flies, #16-18 NOTE: Chasing hatches is like playing the lottery. Weather conditions are highly variable but very important to timing and intensity of aquatic insect activity. 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

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

Streamers are a great way to find fish. You might catch a big trout with one of the articulated 6-8" wigglers popular with some folks but you prolly won't catch very many. Buggers in various colors, standard black/olive, white/grizzly, tan, are good choices; Ed Shenk's White minnow in size 6-8 would also be worth swimming or drifting around. Streamers will take some fish and cause others to show, to give their position away. Then switch to nymphs and work those fish. 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. Dry fly fishing is going to be sketchy. Water temperatures are low but be aware of any insect activity, then try to match the size of observed insects with ParaNymphs, I.C.S.I. Midges, or caddis shapes. Target shallower riffles, runs and flat water, keeping your flies floating along seams and watching for rises.

7-Day Forecast

Again this week, as I write this on Monday evening the Breeches is in pretty good shape. However, it is snowing and Weather Guy says we're gonna get 3-6" on top of the four plus of wet white stuff we got today, followed by some rain and freezing rain. Tuesday looks LOVELY! Rest of week looks chilly with highs for the day in the mid-thirties and more rain on Friday. Creek is going to be running on the high side and cold for the weekend and prospects look sketchy. For a slight commitment, try fishing the Run below Boiling Springs Lake. If you want to try, use tiny BWO nymphs, midge larva/pupa patterns and midge dries. Concentrate fishing the Run in the riffles. 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. 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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