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Hatches and Flies for the Yellow Breeches Creek Pennsylvania
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
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.
Hatch Chart For The Yellow Breeches
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