I had the chance to spend a few hours over three days on the Yellow Breeches in PA this past week as I had been invited to give two lectures at Messiah College.
I left early in the morning the day before the lectures so that I could spend a few afternoon hours on the Breeches. When I arrived I went to the TCO shop in Boiling Springs to talk to Neil about what was going on and to firm up our plans to spend an afternoon on the Letort (more on that later). I would highly recommend this shop if you are in the area. It is well stocked and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
The afternoon I arrived the Breeches was high and discolored from rain the previous day so I fished “The Run”. There were a lot of fisherman on the lake, but I had The Run to myself. A mix of stocked rainbows, browns, and a couple of very colorful brook trout were brought to the net using small flashback PT's, copper-beaded PT soft hackles, gold-beaded hare's ear soft hackles, and olive Lafontaine caddis pupas. It was a wonderfully warm and bright day to be outside and the fishing was great.
In contrast to the previous afternoon, the following morning was a rainy, raw, and cold. However, as soon as the rain showers started the fishing really heated up. I shared The Run with a Blue Heron that had obviously found a good source of fish based on the number of I caught with scars on their backs. It was a fantastic couple of hours, nymphing the shallow riffles before I needed to head off to meet some students and prepare for the lectures.
|A wild brown in the morning mix|
On my last morning in the area, Neil had provided a couple other areas on the Breeches to check out which I was very grateful for. When I took a quick glance at the river early the next morning, it still high and off-color to me, so I figured I would fish "The Run" again before our afternoon on the Letort.
|One of a few wild rainbows in the Run|
I had to adjust to smaller flies this particular morning since the flies that had worked previously were not of interest to the fish. I could spot fish sitting in the shallow riffles, and from their movements it looked like they were feeding so I downsized to a #18 flashback PT and an olive zebra midge. This was the best morning of my trip since I was able to really dial in my small nymphing game. The fish were very quick and the takes subtle, so I need to work at keeping the nymphs quiet and drifting naturally so that I could detect subtle changes in the sighter. Once I worked things out I was catching fish pretty regularly and the strongly healthy fish in the run put quite a bend in my short 3 wt!
|Wild browns like this one make fishing "the Run" a blast|
One of the things I love about fishing "The Run" is the fact that I always find wild fish. This particular morning I landed a few tiny wild rainbows and a nice wild brown. It was a fantastic couple of days on the run and the afternoon on the Letort was one to remember thanks to Neil (check back for the next post in a few days).