The popularity of this limestone
stream in south-central Pennsylvania certainly cannot be overstated.
Farms, residential areas, and patches of woods dot the landscape along
the Yellow Breeches. The Yellow Breeches is fed by limestone and freestone
tributaries so the flow of the water varies greatly with rainfall,
and it is not uncommon to become off color with heavier rain. The
story is, that during the Revolutionary War, when the British soldiers,
wearing their white breeches, crossed the creek or washed their breeches
in the creek they became stained from the yellow tint of the water.
Hence the name, "Yellow Breeches Creek".
The Pennsylvania Fish Commission
stocks trout prior to opening day and several times throughout season.
The stream has a decent mix of stocked, wild, and fish that have carried
over from the previous season. Brown and brook trout are the most
prevalent wild fish in the stream. Rainbows are stocked each year
and it is not uncommon to land a 20 inch fish.
Although many veteran fly fishers
like to wade while fishing, most of the fishing is easily accomplished
from the streambank. Hip boots work well since most wading can be
done close to the streambank. To fish most of the main section of
the stream, one would need waders since many areas are at least waist
deep on the slower pools of water.
There is a catch and release
fishing area along the stream near Boiling Springs which calls for
the use of flies and artificial lures only. This area is often fished
year round and can be crowded during peak hatches of the more renowned
flies like the whites and tricos.
Fly fishers from all over the
world come to fish the stream and try their luck at catching trout
that rise to the surface for terrestrial flies or to snatch a drifting
Book your trip today with Four
Seasons Fly Fishing Guide Service and you could be on your way to
catching bountiful trout on this famed stream.