Yellow Breeches Creek

Tip of the week 

This is the time for smallish dry flies, especially during the day. Generic parachute patterns, terrestrials, and small to medium sized caddis patterns should all move some fish. If the trout just won't come up try a dropper or some other very subtle nymphing technique. Early or late in the day or on overcast, rainy days the streamer bite could pick up. The usual suspects, Woolly Buggers, Zonkers or your fav are normally the ticket.

Seven-day forecast 

Well, we did get some MUCH needed rain; however the Breeches is almost as low this afternoon as it was before the rain. It also has a distinct tea-colored stain to it that I think will fade over the week. Weather Guy is saying more rain over the week but it doesn't sound like very much. A good breathable rain jacket may be in order though. I'm thinking that the weather may interfere with any trico fishing by spreading out an already spotty and light spinner fall but that fishing should be generally good, if challenging. We can hope that an increase in the hatches of little olives will make up for spotty trico activity. There is some evidence of trout pairing up/pre-spawn activity. The actual spawn of wild brown trout in the Breeches usually occurs around mid-to third week of November but they don't all get going at the same time so watch out and don't fish over any redds.
Saturday/Sunday look like sunny and much warmer days; watch water temperatures those days.
As reported in this space previously, NO PARKING signs have been posted at the junction of Creek Rd. and Old York Rd. by Monroe Township. It does not look like they are going to be removed. According to the township manager they were put there due to safety concerns. I have fished the Breeches since 1968 and people were parking there then. I've never heard of any incidents involving traffic and anglers at that spot. Interested anglers should call Monroe Township Manager Catalina Araiza at (717) 258-6642 x225 and and VERY POLITELY inquire about the situation and see if we will be able to park there in the future. CALL!
While there are wild trout in the Yellow Breeches, some sections benefit greatly from supplemental stockings. 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 $15 annually (slated to rise for 2018) 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 
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Flashback Baetis Nymph #20-24 Buy from
Tom Baltz/Endorsed Guide

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