Friday, November 24, 2017

A morning on the Yellow Breeches

It was time to pick up my daughter from college for Thanksgiving break which gave me an excuse to fish the Yellow Breeches in PA again.  The morning started bright and sunny and the air quickly warmed.  Soon the air was filled with small clouds of midges and small olives.  I decided to fish in Boiling Springs along "the run".  If you like small streams, the run is one of the most challenging small streams I've fished.  The run is small and tight and the water is very clear and shallow making it tough to approach the shallow riffles and tail outs where the fish are holding without sending the fish rocketing for cover.

A small wild brown (red adipose) that took a small olive nymph



I fished most of the morning with small nymphs and foam eggs and found a number of very pretty browns.  I did well in the heavier runs where I could approach without alarming the fish but it in shallow runs and riffles I still spooked quite a few fish.  The next time I visit, I have some more adjustments to the leader in mind so that I can effectively fish small nymphs from farther away.



  

8 comments:

  1. Mark
    Those are beautiful browns. Nice job!

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  2. Mark, you had a ver successful day on one of the most pressured trout streams in the state of Pa. This is time of year when trout work there way up from the main stream to breed. You caught some beauties. The fish their are always on alert between fishermen and herons. The fish in the shallows will always be tough. Catch one and move on to next hole, come back later when fish have calmed down and you will probably be rewarded, stay back and be patient. Congrats on your success. Your learning. Thankyou..

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    1. Thanks Brad! There are an amazing number of fish in the run based on the number I saw darting for cover! I was pleased to have caught a few which was an improvement over my first experience!

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  3. Mark, I am glad you connected on the Yellow Breeches. Beautiful browns, most especially that one with the red spots. It has to be hard to catch trout there as spooky as they are.

    Sam

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    1. Sam- if you are ever down that way on buisness you should check it out!

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  4. Mark
    Colorful browns taken on a beautiful small stream. What length fly rod were you using? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - the first time I fished there I was using my 10ft 4wt but it was pretty obvious it was too long for that size stream. This trip I tried my 8.5 ft 4wt, and still it was a bit long. I would say a 3/4 wt in the 6.5 to 7.5 ft would be about right

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