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
> BUG SPRAY!!! Receent rains have hatched a new batch so... >Holdover and wild trout are going to be very skittish and certainly fewer in number than they were in June so stay back from your chosen fishing area just a bit. > Work streamers until the water drops to more normal, steady levels then swim 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. > Stream flows are still stained from recent rain so 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. > Early morning trico activity is spotty but can be worthwhile. Every morning is different. Sunny mornings are best. > If there is a breeze, try some ants (#14-20) and beetles(#16-24) along the banks. Think outside the box with your imitations! Something w/peacock herl really looks beetle-like... > Late morning through late afternoon watch for very small BWO's. > There are still brown drake spinners (Hexes, if you must) around. As drake spinners are noticed flying high over head, change your leader to 2-3X and get ready. The spinners fall at and after dark. Veterans of this fishing use short fly rods, 7' or less, with matching short leaders. As it gets dark keep casts as short as possible. Use lights only as a last resort, to tie on flies, etc. Turn away from the water, towards the bank and try not to shine lights towards other anglers. It is, after all, night fishing! > Watch water temperatures. Fall arives late Saturday but we could still have some warm weather. 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 Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Tom Baltz

Water flow: Lot of water, like spring time...

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: 8 a.m. To 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:

> Tricos, #22-24 (spotty. Best on sunny mornings) > tan caddis, #16 (morning and evening) > dun caddis, #18, 20 (morning and evening) > assorted terrestrials, #12-24 (all day long/hope for a breeze) > little blue wing olives, #18-22 (sporadic, but watch mid- day to late afternoon) > Isonychia (Slate Drakes - #12-14, light but these are good sized flies and trout like "em). > Cream Cahills, #12-14 (around dusk/dark). > Hex spinners, #8 (brown drakes, right at dark) 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

As the Breeches drops a bit further, streamers are probably the most practical way to get to the 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 around. Then 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 also an option. Be aware of any insect activity, then try to match the size of observed insects with ParaNymphs or caddis shapes. Terrestrials particularly ants and beetles are worth a try too. Target shallower riffles and runs, keeping your flies floating along seams.

7-Day Forecast

Again this week, choose information from the "Tips" and "Techniques" sections carefully. Conditions are variable. Weather Guy says we are in for some early fall-like weather, reasonable (if still a bit warm) temperatures and slight chances for precipitation through the weekend. It's about time! The Breeches actually weathered the latent effects of Florence very well. As of Wednesday afternoon the upper creek is clear with a stain and running hard. Mountain Creek is still pushing a lot of water so the Breeches is correspondingly higher and stained downstream from the confluence of the two. Still, the main creek should be in good fishing shape by and through the weekend and into next week. Bring a wading staff! Fingers crossed that we are leaving the rainy weather patterns behind us and getting ready for some excellent fall fishing! If you want to try the Run at Boiling Springs 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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