Yellow Breeches Creek

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Dry flies are not the best bet but in the event that three or more very nice days with sun string together some midges or a few of the other bugs mentioned elsewhere might show. Flat water reaches will offer the best midging prospects. I have heard reports of sporadic risers on relatively mild days. Nymphs fished at a distance are the best bet for a few fish. Oh and yes, I do know what a streamer is. I also know that, due to larger hooks and the way trout take them that more fish are inadvertantly injured. Let your conscience be your guide. Just be as careful as possible. If you dare or can't think of anything else to do, tie on a Bugger. Drift and jig it rather than stripping it.

Seven-day forecast 

Fishing has come to a virtual standstill with the very cold weather. We had a new all-time record low this morning of -4 degrees. Some stretches of the Breeches are almost or even completely iced over though the C&R area is open. A few anglers were hitting the Run last Sunday when it was 40 degrees but the chill is back upon us. Weather Guy says maybe a slight warm-up back to about 40 degrees w/rain by Monday. Remember that the extended trout season closes on all Approved Trout Waters on this Saturday, February 28. There after anglers are limited to special regulations areas until the season opener on April 4.
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 jarway@pa.gov.
The Run is about half muddy due to the ill advised drawing down of Boiling Springs Lake. It was ok until last week when it was lowered another foot in spite of PF&BC promises to the contrary. From the little I can see many of the redds where trout at least tried to spawn are silted in and possibly no longer viable. We'll see. If you are unhappy about this situation, again, e-mail director Arway.

Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail 14-18 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Prince 14-16 Buy from Orvis.com
TH Zebra Midge black/olive 20-24 Buy from Orvis.com
Hot Head Euro Pheasant Tail pink, orange 14-16 Buy from Orvis.com
I Can See It Midge Fly black, grey, olive 22-24 Buy from Orvis.com
Woolly Bugger black/olive 8-10 Buy from Orvis.com
Tom Baltz/Endorsed Guide
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