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
> Be aware of and watch for spawning brown trout. Depressions and clean gravel just downstream are diagnostic. Please don't step on the redds (as they are called) or disturb trout that are "in the process" so to speak. > If you fish, try to pick the warmest part of the warmest days. > It is always a good idea to keep water temperatures in mind. Anglers looking to fish with dry flies may want to wait until the air/water temps begin to warm up in mid to late morning. > On flat, slow water stretches, midges are major a factor. Tiny little CdC and parachute patterns are worth a try. Flies like the F-fly, #22,24 (see "Seven Day Outlook") and the I.C.S.I. Midge in #22-24. Try sight fishing with very small nymphs, Zebras and so forth. > As the day warms and especially if there is a breeze, terrestrial insect imitations such as ants and beetles are still worth a try. > Leaves on the water have occasionally been a factor but most are down now. > Little BWO's (sz. 22-26) can emerge anytime from late morning to late afternoon. Try I.C.S.I. Midges, #22-24 for them too. I also like tiny CdC Compara-Duns. > Though water levels have been low and very clear, trout are feeling the fall tug and may respond to small/'medium sized streamers, especially early/ late in the day or on rainy days. > ALLENBERRY is OPEN! At long last Allenberry is again open for dining and overnight accommodations. Anglers may drive in, park in the PLAYHOUSE PARKING area and walk down to the stream to fish. Check them out at or call (717) 258-3211. Might also consider dropping a buck or two on a sandwich or beverage at some point to thank them for parking and access. Anglers may also park at the Run and walk down. There is very limited parking off of Criswell Drive. Do not get creative with parking down there! There is room for like, three cars. Same goes for the rest of the Breeches. Almost all of the Breeches is private property. Fishing is allowed by the grace of the landowners. As far as I know the Breeches is not considered to be "navigable" so anglers are not allowed to wade and fish through posted property. DON'T BE THAT GUY! You are invited to leave your comments and experiences with fishing the Breeches at the end of this report; just scroll down...
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yellow Breeches Creek is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Tom Baltz

Water flow: low with a stain from leaf fall and recent rain

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: from about 9-10 a.m. until about 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. Just across the tracks on the right side of the road there is room to park 3-4 cars between the tracks and the first POSTED sign or cone. Please don't park anywhere else in that area! Access the creek from the South Middleton Township Municipal Authority right of way on the west side of the road. Do not drive onto the right-of-way or block access to it. The former owners of the property along Criswell Dr., Lee and Isabel Castles, both passed away recently so it is suggested that anglers be on their best behavior when accessing the creek from this area so the parking isn't closed completely by the new owners. It has been reported that some anglers are walking down Criswell Road and cutting through the properties along the creek. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! Allenberry is OPEN for business. Their website is and phone # is (717) 258-3211. Anglers can park in the UPPER THEATER PARKING AREA only, and walk down to the stream. If you access the Yellow Breeches through the Allenberry property, perhaps you might consider checking out the restaurant for a sandwich and a beer afterwards.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

> Tricos, #22-24 spinners fall about 11 a.m. to noon or later. > blue wing olives, #22-26. Anytime of day. > tan caddis, #12-16 morning and evening. > Midges, #20-24. Midges can show at any time from early morning to late afternoon. > Terrestrials, #12-20 especially ants and assorted beetles. 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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

We hopefully still have some dry fly fishing left this season. Midges are a big part of that. Most of the mayfly/caddis fly activity is done for the season but there are still a few bugs to look for. With cooler weather Hopefully the little olives become a factor. These guys are about size 22 to a smallish 24...Again, I like CdC patterns, my I.C.S.I. Midge, tiny F flies...If we hit a warmish day a few latent tricos could show up. Look for them after 11 a.m. or even into afternoon. Most of the caddis are about done for the season but the trout seem to still remember what they look like. Nymph fishing by one or another of the popular techniques is also a productive way to catch some Yellow Breeches trout. Tight-line Euro-nymphing, floats and other methods all have their place but with the water so low and clear it might be better idea to stay back away from targeted runs. 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. This is a great time to fish a single smallish nymph with the New Zealand Strike Indicator system. Tight-liners might want a soft hackle or similar dropper off a ring with a small nymph off the back of the anchor fly.

7-Day Forecast

Weather Guy says temperatures will moderate towards and through the weekend. That should bring a few fish up to work midges and any late terrestrials that happen to hit the water. The Breeches remains low and very clear. Last week's rain was minimal; it didn't hurt but wasn't really enough either. Fishing has been spotty; anglers must stick with it and fish hard and thoroughly for a few fish. The spawn is about peak now on the Breeches but I don't think dry fly fishing or even nymphing will really bother the trout as long as actively spawning fish are not targeted. Anglers should be kind to spawning fish. Please don't disturb them any more than necessary...they are not so interested in feeding right now, but have the future in mind. Cumberland County is cautiously open for business.. Anglers are reminded to socially distance. The local fly shops will be open for walk in trade and yes, masks are required for entry into ANY public place, store, etc. In addition to Allenberry, (717) 258-3211, there are some hotels open in the area and some restaurants are open for both take out and limited dine-in service. Anglers are asked to not be too creative with parking along the Breeches! Almost all of the Breeches is private property and all access is courtesy of the landowners; Don't blow it! If there is not obvious parking available perhaps looking for a different spot to fish is a good idea. For a minimal commitment, try fishing the Run below Boiling Springs Lake. There are trout scattered along its length. Be aware that many of them are in the spawning mode now. Anglers should leave those fish alone. They don't bite well anyway. Fish for trout that are feeding. Stay out of the stream as much as possible and avoid stepping on the piles of clean, fresh looking gravel just downstream of the depressions the trout make as they lay and fertilize their eggs. If you do fish, try using tiny BWO nymphs, midge larva/pupa patterns, terrestrials, 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 (which he called a Fluff 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 show us a picture but please don't put the location on Facebook!! You don't wanna be a spot burner! General information is good! It always feels best when you earn it.

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