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Yellow Breeches, located in the Southern part of Central Pennsylvania, probably is the most popular stream in the state. On any given day, you'll find many anglers fishing throughout the stream, where there is never a shortage of trout. Having a successful day on Yellow Breeches is commonplace. A huge stocking program supports this river, with fish stocked almost its entire length. Dry-fly fishing is exceptional here, which is "music to the ears" of anglers at all skill levels. On any given day throughout the spring, you can easily find trout feeding on top. There are a number of Mayflies that hatch here, with the White Fly the most famous. Anglers flock to Yellow Breeches for this prolific hatch, which provides great dry-fly fishing from mid to late August.

The upper end of Yellow Breeches, around the Route 223 Bridge, is small, approximately 20-feet wide in most spots. As the river flows east, it gains in size with the help of several springs. The upper portion can be accessed by the secondary roads that lead off Route 174. This section of river, down to the Route 34 Bridge, stays the coolest most of the year, except for the area where the "Run" dumps into Yellow Breeches at the beginning of the regulations area. At Boiling Springs, the "Run" dumps into Yellow Breeches, giving it a shot of cold water from Boiling Springs Lake.
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The "Run" is classified as a top-notch fishery, a place where many anglers fish along its banks. This short, narrow stretch of stream is important to Yellow Breeches because it keeps it in shape. The "Run" adds a good amount of flow and cold water that benefit the trout found throughout the regulations area of Yellow Breeches. The regulations area begins at the mouth of the "Run," and is governed under Catch and Release guidelines. This one-mile stretch of water, which ends in the vacinity Allenberry, provides quality fishing year round (the water flows dictate the "quality")
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The cool water and abundant numbers of bugs make this the most popular and productive stretch on Yellow Breeches; however, it's crowded most of the time. So, if solitude is what you're looking for, you'll enjoy fishing below the regulations area.

From Allenberry down, Yellow Breeches offers some beautiful water that is overlooked by many people. Several miles of productive water still can be found all the way down to the spot Yellow Breeches dumps into the Susquehanna. It's a good idea to try the areas around Brandtsville and Williams Grove, just a few miles below the regulations area. Around these areas you'll find less people and a few less fish too. However, the fishing here is still very good, and provides anglers with a little more solitude.

Hatches on Yellow Breeches are very prolific, making for dry-fly fishing at its finest in Pennsylvania. Certainly, the fish here are not as difficult to catch as those in Big Spring Creek or the Letort, but Yellow Breeches' fish are still wary and selective. Here, just be sure to lengthen your leaders and lighten up your tippet as the water drops and clears going into summer. Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Sulphurs, and are a few of the many dependable hatches on the river. Every year, starting in mid-August, the White Fly hatch is a big attraction. You also should carry along a selection of Terrestrials and Midges for the summer months, when trout start refusing other offerings. During periods of high water, use streamer patterns and large nymphs. A sink-tip line will help to keep your streamers in the "zone." Look for feeding lanes and seams created by boulders, which are spots where trout lie and ambush passing food.

Yellow Breeches has a lot of diverse water, bug life, and most importantly, an abundance of trout. This is a great place for anglers of all skill levels, and make it a "must see" on your list of streams to fish.