Fly Fishing Yellow Breeches Creek
Yellow Breeches Creek starts near Lees Crossroads.
It flows for about thirty miles and enters the
Susquehanna River. It has several smaller tributaries.
Fishers Run, Dogwood Run, Mountain Creek and
Spruce Run are the major ones. It is stocked the
entire length with large numbers of trout.
During the summer, much of the Yellow Breeches can
become too warm for the trout. The upper portion of
the creek has several small feeder streams with cool
spring water but the water can get warm in the hot
summer before it reaches the Boiling Springs Run.
Yellow Breeches Creek
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2 ft., 3 or 4X,
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X, Streamer 0-2X
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
The water temperatures stays fairly constant in places since much of the stream has
spring water feeding it.
Spring is the best time to fish the Yellow Breeches because of the many aquatic insect
Fly Fishing Guide to the Yellow Breeches:
Fly Fishing Yellow Breeches Creek can be easy at times. Since most of the trout are stocked, they
are not really picky feeders but, the pressure in some parts of the creek makes the trout real spooky
over time. This isn't to say that imitating the most plentiful and available insects with flies as close to
the appearance of the naturals isn't more productive than most generic trout flies because it is. The
stocked trout soon become accustomed to seeing the national insects that exist in the stream. They
have to rely on them for survival and good imitations of them always work better.
Because the Yellow Breeches is a combination freestone stream and spring creek mixture, its trout
can be difficult to figure out at times. In hot or cold weather, you also have to pay close attention to
which parts of the stream gets a dose of spring water. That can be the secret to success at times.
The newly stocked fish are much easier to catch, of course, but after a short time the fish can get
wise to constant pressure in some areas. Many anglers think you are better off fishing some of the
less fished areas of the creek. There is about thirty miles of water that is stocked and parts of it are
not fished much. The next few miles below the Allenberry location may be a good choice.
There is a catch and release area from near the mouth of Boiling Springs to near Allenberry.
It runs a distance of a mile and is cooled by the water from Boiling Springs Run. It can be
crowded at times. You can get to most of the upper section of the Yellow Breeches along
State highway #174. Creek Road follows much of the lower section of the creek.
One of the most popular places to fish is the "Run". Thats the name given for a small stream
that runs about three-hundred yards from a lake at Boiling Springs to the Yellow Breeches.
This little stream is heavily stocked with trout and for that reason, it is usually crowded.
There are park benches along the run making it a pleasant place for older gentlemen to fish.
The catch and release section is very nice water with a diverse makeup. It has pools of all
depths, with riffles in between. The water is very fertile and the stream has a huge
population of aquatic insects as you will see in our hatch section. Trout feed on the surface
much of the season.
Yellow Breeches Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based on our stream samples of larvae and nymphs, not guess
work. We base fly suggestions on imitating the most plentiful and most available insects and other
foods at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike the generic fly shop trout flies, we have specific
imitations of all the insects in Yellow Breeches Creek and in all stages of life that are applicable to
fishing. If you want to fish better, more realistic trout flies, have a much higher degree of success,
give us a call. We not only will help you with selections, you will learn why, after trying Perfect Flies,
92% of the thousands of our customers will use nothing else.
The Yellow Breeches Creek has a lot of limestone spring water that enters the stream even though it
is basically a freestone stream. The mixture provides an excellent Ph and the aquatic insect
population is very large and diverse.
Blue-winged Olives are the first mayflies to hatch. They usually start in March and continue through
April. In May and June there is another hatch. Theres yet another hatch that occurs in August and
September. I'm not certain whether this is a part of a tri-brooded hatch or just different species.
April is one of the best months because it brings on the Blue Quill and the Hendrickson hatch. These
hatches last for most of the month.
March Browns usually start hatching around the first of May. About the first or second week of May
you will start to see some Sulphurs. This hatch will last through June. Slate Drakes will begin to
hatch but they will be off and on until the middle of September.
Light Cahills and Yellow Drakes will start hatching in June. Both hatches last about a month.
Tricos start hatching by the middle of July and last until the middle of September. The White Drakes,
or White Flies as they are called locally, start to hatch around the first of August. This hatch can last
until the first of September.
There are numerous species of caddisflies. The most prevalent ones are the Cinnamon and Spotted
Sedges. Theres also some Green Sedges in the fast water sections. Midges are very plentiful and
fish can be caught during the entire season on imitations of the larvae, pupae and adults.
Scuds are plentiful and represent a large part of the trout's diet. Terrestrials can become important
during the summer and on into the early fall. Imitations of grass hoppers, ants, and beetles work
starting in July and continue to produce through September.
As always, we recommend our own "Perfect Flies". We have simi-realistic imitations of everything
that hatches on the Yellow Breeches. The fish can become selective and most all of them will see
plenty of flies, especially in the heavy fished areas like the catch and release section. We think our
White Flies are the best imitations for the White Drake hatch you can purchase. We have White
Drake nymphs, emergers, duns and male spinners. We hope you will give them a try.
The late August hatch of White Flies make this a preferred season.
Early Fall can be a good time for fly fishing Yellow Breeches Creek, especially for
The stream levels are high. Fish the upper sections
near the springs. Fish can be caught from the banks on
7 Day Weather Forecast: There is a chance of rain
on Friday, otherwise clear for the next week. Highs will
range from 43 to 52 and lows from 28 to 36 degrees.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Brown Sculpin, White Belly Sculpin, & Articulated streamers,
Blue-winged Olives, 16, nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners
Scuds: size 14
Green Sedge Caddis, size 16/14, larva, pupa and adults.
Mahogany duns, size 18, nymphs, emergers, duns and sp
Slate Drakes, size10/12, nymphs and spinners
Midges: Blood (Red), sizes 20/22 larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Cream, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Light Green, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Brown Sculpin, White Belly Sculpin & Articulated streamers are great flies to use throughout the fall
and winter months.
Scuds are available for the trout to eat year-round.
Blue-winged olives are hatching.
Slate Drakes are hatching.
Mahogany duns are hatching.
We recommend fishing a tandem Midge rig under a small strike indicator with the midge
lava as the bottom fly and the midge pupa as the top fly.
Fish the adult midge only when you observe trout feeding on the surface.
Fishing Report Updated 11/06/18
Yellow Breeches Creek, Continued:
The Run adds a lot of cool water and helps the creek for some distance below the confluence. That is
yet another reason the catch and release area is considered good. Naturally, the heaviest fished area
is the catch and release section near Boiling Springs.
This creek is know for its late season White Fly hatch. Its waters can become crowded with anglers
during the late August hatch. Fly fishing Yellow Breeches Creek is very popular at this time.
Yellow Breeches Creek is a low-gradient trout stream with long riffles and long smooth flowing pools. It
has a good pH level and a large diversity and population of aquatic insects. The hold-over and wild
trout can become selective on some of the larger hatches and it is often necessary to match the hatch
or match the nymphs or larvae of what is about to hatch.
The stream is heavily stocked almost year-round throughout its entire length. The most popular section
of the stream is the “catch and release” section between Boiling Springs and the Allenberry Resort.
Although the stream is heavily stocked, it has a good population of wild brown trout in some areas.
The most popular area for fly fishing is the "catch and release" section below the Boiling Springs area in
the area of the stream near the Allenberry Resort. You will find a few wild, streambred trout along with
stocked trout and holdovers.
The easiest and best place for visitors to access the Yellow Breeches is at the Little Run on the upper
end of the "catch and release" section. There is a parking lot at the south end of Boiling Springs Lake
near the Little Run.
You can also access the stream at the lower "catch and release" sectin at the Allenberry entrance.
There's also plenty of roadside access at pull over areas and the bridges that cross the Yellow
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