Yellow Breeches Creek

Tip of the week 

Finesse nymphing methods are probably a best bet. Surviving trout are quite wary so stay back a bit from chosen fishing areas. The New Zealand Strikeindicator is a good nymphing system. Use a small bead head or tungsten head nymph on a long fine leader with the bit of fleece attached several feet above. Concentrate fishing efforts in an UPSTREAM DIRECTION rather than across current. On warm afternoons watch for surface feeding with trout likely keying on midges, blue winged olives and maybe late terrestrials, especially ants. Don't be surprised; trout instinctively know its a bug. On warm days blind fishing with dry fllies has been catching some fish. Try my ParaNymph in size 14/16. If you want to try streamers think about sparsely tied bucktails to suggest young of the year baitfish like dace and fallfish. Nymphing smallish Woolly Buggers is also a good bet.

Seven-day forecast 

The Breeches is still very low for the season and very clear. We had a quarter inch or so of rain today and are supposed to get more over the week. Late this afternoon I couldn't really see any change in the level of Mountain Creek, a major trib. to the Breeches. Weather Guy says we are in store for a (sort of) warm spell over the rest of the month so get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Just bring good rain gear! If we get a cold front with northwest wind and blue skies expect fishing to be slow but on warmer or overcast days trout are being caught. There is quite a bit of pressure on all area streams for this time of the year but the Breeches is a long stream...
The Boiling Springs Lake is still not at full pool. The level was raised a few weeks ago but it is still a good two feet below normal pool. Fish Commission now says that AFTER they find funding it will take at least four years to fix the problem that they created. Further, the Run's flow is very low. Apparently, in order to raise the Lake's level the Fish Commision's engineering section did not open the main flood gate a little and replace a few of the boards in the secondary outflow which would have done the job of bumping the Lake up a bit. Such a shame!
The Yellow Breeches Anglers have done an excellent job stocking the C&R and other parts of the creek. Give something back and support them by joining the Club. Memberships are $15 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.

Must Have Flies 
Woolly Bugger black/olive #6-8 Buy from
Bead Head Prince #14-18 Buy from
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail #14-18 Buy from
Blue Winged Olive #16-22 Buy from
Elk Wing Caddis #14-18 Buy from
I Can See It Midge Fly grey,olive,black #20-24 Buy from
Tom Baltz/Endorsed Guide

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