Yellow Breeches Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yellow Breeches Creek, Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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> LINK TO GET PA FISHING LICENSE click onto This new system is up and running. Get your license on-line and save yourself some headaches... > February 15 was the last day of the extended trout season, where anglers are permitted to fish stocked trout water. As of Tuesday, February 16, fishing in the Yellow Breeches is allowed in the Catch & release area but not in the rest of the stream until the regular trout season opens on April 3 at 8 a.m. NOTE: this is a change that PFBC announced and is not shown in the Regulations booklet you get with your fishing license. > If you fish, try to pick the warmest part of the warmest days. Weather Guy says we have another very chilly week ahead. > It is always a good idea to keep water temperatures in mind. While we won't see ideal temps again for a while, there is a chance for fish as long as water is warming. Sometimes it only takes a two or three degree rise to kick off a bite. Conversely, once temps peak and begin to fall, it's Miller time... > 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. > Add a little bright or hot color to your nymphs. Use floss, synthetics, tinsel or flash material to make your bug stand out a little bit in cold winter water. > 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. >Streamers are a good bet for some action. Consider that a large percentage of the baitfish available to trout are the young of the year. A good plan is to match their sizes; streamers of about an inch and a half to two inches or so long are a good bet. Try Muddlers, Shenk's White Minnow, and of course, Woolly Buggers in white, olive, brown, and olive/black. Pinch a split shot onto the tippet directly in front of the streamer and just bounce it along the bottom with a jigging motion. A cast across and slightly upstream, drift, and swing at the end is also worth a shot. > ALLENBERRY is OPEN! 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 to see what the status of dining in and lodging are. 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: very clear with good flow

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: from about 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:

> Midges, #20-24. Midges can show at any time from early morning to late afternoon. Sunny days best. > blue wing olives, #22-26. Can show anytime from late morning to late afternoon. > stray caddis flies, #16-18 > little winter stoneflies, #16-20. Nymphs and possible mating flights on warm sunny afternoons. > Streamers in the #6-8 size range. Woolly Buggers, Shenk's White Minnow, Muddlers are all worth a try. 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 are into late winter fishing now but there are occasional opportunities for surface action. On warm sunny days there is usually midge activity. The best bet for rising trout will be found on slower water pools and runs. This is a good time to float some attractor type patterns. Little olives can show at any time. These guys are about size 22 to a smallish 24... I like CdC patterns, my I.C.S.I. Midge, tiny F flies. Tiny black winter stoneflies are around; best bet is probably #14-#18 small black stone nymphs or soft hackle wet flies fished upstream sort of the same way one might fish a nymph. I don't think you'll need to get too fancy with them; as always, it's size and shape...appropriately sized black Prince nymphs, little stone fly nymph patterns fished along current edges are worth a shot and dry patterns tied in the fashion of hair-wing caddis are worth carrying along. Warm sunny days are not too far down the road and that's when it's possible to see some of the adults riding the surface or skimming the riffles in mating flights. 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 dry/dropper all have their places. 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. The low and very clear water we've experienced all winter has made for very spooky trout so 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. Streamers really come into their own during the cold water period. You can throw those 6-8" things if you like but I would bet that streamers tied on #6-8 hooks will catch the most trout.

7-Day Forecast

Remember! The catch & release area of the Breeches is open to fishing but the rest of the stream is closed to ALL fishing until the trout season opener on April 3 at 8 a.m. We are into a bit of warmer weather and none too soon! Higher daytime temps are melting the recent accumulation of snow but most of it seems to be soaking into the ground rather than running off. So, hopefully we will have some really good stream flows going into late winter and early spring. Stream is in great shape right now and anglers are seeing midges and some early brown stoneflies. Weather looks decent for the weekend if a bit on the chilly side. Dress warmly and expect a crowd! Best bet is to maybe run smallish streamers, Woolly Buggers, etc. fished more on the drift than on the swing but a variety of nymphs should do well too. A variety of flies all have a good chance to produce trout. See "tips" and "techniques" for some ideas. If you do fish please use caution when wading, especially in riffly areas. Watch for the redds where trout laid their eggs. They appear as slight depressions, most about a foot in diameter and couple of inches deep, with a pile of gravel behind them. That's where the eggs are. Please try not to step on them! 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. Stay out of the stream as much as possible. In the few spots that must be waded, try to fish from the very edge 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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