Yellow Breeches Creek

Tip of the week 

At this time there isn't much to change about fishing the Breeches.The routine is about the same as it has been. Watch for tricos followed by small caddis and blue winged olives during morning hours (approx. 10 a.m.) with tan/cinnamon caddis and maybe a few cream colored mayflies or slate drake spinners near dusk. Evening hatches are very sketchy now. Flying ants have been factors off and on so carry patterns as suggested and watch for them from mid-morning on. Pitch assorted terrestrials along bankside vegetation, especially if the wind blows a bit. The little olives and terestrials have been the best bets for dry fly fishing. More trout are being caught on nymphs than anything else. Use a long leader with a single or double bead head nymph rig and a tiny indicator or the New Zealand wool indicator and stay back from the selected spots.

Seven-day forecast 

Weather Guy says a little bit warmer with a chance of showers for most of the rest of the week. Of course, that forecast could change tomorrow. Water is in nice shape, tea colored but still very clear. FISH ARE SPOOKY so stay back. Crazy weather and highly variable weather patterns have made catching decent fish difficult. They are also getting nearer to spawning which doesn't help with their attitude. We have gotten a few hens that are obviously growing eggs. Handle them carefylly, preferably, not at all. Use a Ketch'em Release tool. Saturday's guide trip took place on a good stretch of the Breeches which has fair to good numbers of wild trout. We caught quite a few smallish ones (on dries) and a couple of slightly larger ones on nymphs. About 1 p.m. it showered and fish stopped biting like someone hit the switch. Wind picked up 45 minutes later and so did the action. VERY nice day to be out though. The only people we saw were two kids in cammies with shotguns floating the creek in a canoe. Duck season you know. Didn't see any ducks in the boat but I really didn't look all that closely either. Same weather patterns are predicted to continue. Just go fish.
The Little Run in Boiling Springs is holding a fair number of fish if you can get by the poachers. Call (717) 486-7087 to report violators. Of course, office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday so hopefully the poachers only poach during those hours! If you are frustrated with the law enforcement situation in PA e-mail Executive Director John Arwary at

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