Destinations: I doubt that many of you will be traveling to and fishing the Smokies to fish this month although I hope you do. January and the first part of February are probably the coldest times of the year and you will have to pick out the better days to expect much success fishing the freestone streams. By the end of February, everyone will be doing their best to force the bugs to hatch and the trout to respond even though they will probably have to wait a few more days to see any surface action. That considered, I thought I would write about some fishing trips we have made to various other destinations. Don't expect these articles to win any awards, just tell you about some things I hope you will find interesting and a few that I look back on with a gleam in my eye.
Fly Fishing South Central Pennsylvania's Limestone Streams-Part 2
As mentioned yesterday, I will report on our trip to "Green Spring Creek" located in South Central Pennsylvania. It is a small limestone stream located at the little town of Green Spring that flows into the Conodoquinet Creek. It has a delayed harvest section that is about a mile long. This is a densely covered stream with a ton of aquatic plants. It is a stocked stream that gets a little on the warm side during the hot summer. We have only fished it once for about two hours and were able to catch over a dozen trout. It does not come close to being up to par with many other limestone streams in the area.
"Middle Spring Creek" , like Big Spring and Green Spring Creeks, flows into Conodoquinet Creek. It is located near Shippensburg. It is also a stocked stream, that for the most part, is difficult to access. This one flows more like a freestone stream than a spring creek. We were able to catch several trout in a short time but all of them were stockers. Like Green Spring Creek, this one don't come close to being in the same ball park with Big Spring Creek.
"Yellow Breeches Creek" is a fairly large stream. It flows for about 30 miles before its confluence with the Susquehanna River. It has several tributary streams. There is a catch and release section one mile long located near Boiling Spring that is a popular area on the stream. It averages close to 20 feet wide in its upper sections to as much as 50 feet wide near its lower end. Boiling Spring Run adds cool water to the Yellow Breeches.
When Angie and I first fished this stream, we were rather excited about it because we had heard of the Yellow Breeches many times. We would never have guessed that it is a stocked stream. We would also have never guessed that it can become rather crowded especially during the White Fly hatch that occurs on this stream.
The first time we fished it was during the month of July. We were able to catch a few stockers near Boiling Spring Run but we were certainly not impressed with the fishing even for the stockers. The next or second time we fished the stream was in the month of August during the White Fly hatch. The stream was crowded with anglers especially near the Boiling Spring area.
We were there to obtain samples of the real White Flies and to test various fly patterns for our new "Perfect Fly" series of White Drakes. We were able to catch several trout during the hatch using flies purchased at the local fly shop as well as on our own patterns. This was not a very good test of flies because the trout are stocked and were certainly not very picky about what they ate.