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
> # ONE TIP; stream thermometer! With warmer weather stream temperatures have climbed into uncomfortable levels on hot afternoons. If you take water temp. and get a reading of over 65 degrees, it's time to search for colder water. The trout usually don't feed too well in the higher temps. It also stresses them greatly just wading around and disturbing them. > # TWO TIP: Get out very early. Best time is crack of dawn to just after sun up. > Terrestrial insect imitations rule now. Ants and small/medium sized beetles are basic bugs...try trimming a Griffith's Gnat flat on the bottom to fish as a small beetle. > Some of the best hatches at this time of the season are very early in the morning. Anglers should watch for trico spinners, Very tiny blue winged olives and their spinners, and small caddis from about #16-18 or even smaller. Midges are also a factor now; watch for them at any time from morning to dark. > ALLENBERRY is OPEN! At long last Allenberry is again open for limited 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 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. 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 Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Tom Baltz

Water flow: nice flow, falling

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 70 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Very early morning for a couple of hours and again around dusk

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. 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!! Due to the corona virus situation, Allenberry is OPEN on a limited basis. Anglers can park in the UPPER THEATER PARKING AREA only, and walk down to the stream.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

> Tricos, #22-24 very early morning. > Tiny blue wing olives, #24 (or smaller) Early morning. > tan caddis, #12-16 morning and evening. > Assorted terrestrial insects to include ants and beetles, #12-20 >little blue wing olives/blue quills, #22-26 (sporadic, but watch late morning to late afternoon, especially on overcast days) > Midges, #20-24. Midges can show at any time from late 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

Terrestrial insect imitations are primary bugs now. Work ants and beetles from #14 to #24 over sippers or just search along banks, under or alongside bushes or similar areas. Watch for aquatic bugs especially early in the morning. Caddis in #16 and smaller, and tiny blue wing olives are likely suspects. Any trico activity is limited to very early in the morning. 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. 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 one 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. Water levels are very conducive to dry fly fishing now. With the warmer weather most late day hatches are sparse and occur right around dark. Try a big Cream Varient. BRING A LIGHT!

7-Day Forecast

Rain has finally fallen across the Yellow Breeches Creek watershed. It wasn't a lot but it did bring the creek up a bit and definitely put some color in it. About 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon I took a water temperature reading of 69 degrees at Allenberry. Water was brown and only had about a foot (maybe) of visibility. Even by Wednesday I expect stream levels to drop a bit and clear significantly. Weather Guy is predicting daytime high temps in the mid-eighties, with nighttime lows in the mid-sixties. This is still very warm weather but it is also a move in the right direction. Hopefully the heat of summer, while not completely gone, has been broken. The best times to fish are still early in the morning but evening prospects are improving; more rain and another drop in daily high and low temperatures would be very helpful. Hatches are still sparse. Scattered light colored mayflies after dark and tiny mayflies, pseudos or tricos very early in the morning are about it. Several kinds of tan to dun colored caddis are about and can show both morning and evening. Sizes range from #14-18 for the tan caddis. Good bets for morning hours are tricos, #22-24, #16-18 caddis and tiny bwo's, #24 or smaller along with assorted terrestrials like ants and beetles. It's a bit early for Hex spinners and the White Flies are likely about two weeks out. 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 there are some hotels open in the area and many 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. 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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