Yellow Breeches Creek

Tip of the week 

Nymphing will (still) take the most fish. Match method to water type. Czech, NZ Indicator, and regular indicator tactics all have their places. Terrestrials along banks. Watch for morning and dusk hatches of tricos, blue winged olives (morning olives), little baetis type olives, assorted caddis, and light colored flies at dark. Those could be big Potamanthus or smaller (#12-14) cream/yellow cahill types of flies. Most of this stuff is sporadic and spotty. Brown drakes (Hex) are about and most anglers are hopiing for a dose of the white fly. They are around but hatches seem to vary considerably in intensity from one night to the next. Most anglers leave the stream too soon. Duns hatch at dark then, following a lull in the activity, spinners fall. NOTE: This is night fishing!

Seven-day forecast 

Stream is low and clear but water temperatures have been holding fairly well. Weather Guy says a couple of cooler days/nights, then a warm up for the weekend. Water temps could get critical in some areas by late afternoon on warmer days though so watch. 65 degrees is the cutoff point! There are some brown drakes (Hexagenia) around; some anglers report lots of them and some anglers report none. Just a few cahills and their spinners which some anglers mistake for the white fly. Catch one; if it has clear wings it is not a white fly. White flies have been heavy some nights and scarce on others according to several local anglers. Still hearing of very few bugs below Boiling Springs in a stretch that should be good. Wonder what's up? Consider sharing some general information at the bottom of this page?
We did get some rain last Thursday which threw a lot of fishers for a loop. Breeches was a milky white color on Friday. I've never seen it that color before. Checked Mountain Creek above the roadside rest above Mt. Holly Springs and it looked about like skim milk with a very fine suspended white silty look to it. Don't know if PFBC law enforcement got there or not. Creek looks good now with a nice flow.

Some months ago several of the local anglers, guides, Allenberry, and the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum got together over $1,400 and bought 455 brown trout for the C&R area, so please be careful with our fish! They are expensive. At least some of them appear to still be in there, providing fishing for all. The Yellow Breeches Anglers have also 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. Send check to YBAC, Box 1, Boiling Springs, PA 17007-0001. Contributions to feed the fish are always welcome too.

The Run is still holding a fair number of fish. Terrestrials, little olives, tiny black flies and midge stuff is the medicine in there. The "Special Regulations" sign torn down a few weeks ago has been replaced by Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Houser though poaching is still rampant. Officer Houser has been "dropping by" on a regular basis but it should be noted here that he (read all Deputies) is a VOLUNTEER who has a "regular job" and does not receive any regular pay for his law enforcement efforts. He gets there when he can. He also (at his own expense basically) patrols quite a few other waterways in the area including Big Spring, Mountain Creek, and other spots. These guys not only don't get paid, they must buy their uniforms, firearms, and graduate from the same course as State Police candidates. They also must qualify annually with their side arms and undergo periodic training sessions. WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR VACATION? It is the responsibility of everyone who uses this area to help police it. The Commission officers are already stretched to the max. Don't dodge and say "I don't want to get involved". Take a pic and e-mail it to Executive Director John Arwary at or call Southcentral Region office at (717) 486-7087. If you see something not legal going on and don't make a call/take a pic. (or are you like, almost the only person in the country who doesn't have a cell phone?) then don't complain when the fish are gone. PLEASE be part of the solution.
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 
Sparkle Dun trico #22-24 Buy from
Bead Head Prince 16-18 Buy from
TH Zebra Midge black/olive 20-24 Buy from
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph 14-18 Buy from
Davy's Skating Caddis Tan 14-16 Buy from
Hise's Hex Spinner 10-12 Buy from
Tom Baltz/Endorsed Guide

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