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Fishing Report on  Conococheague: 08/29/17
I fished with Tyler for about six hours.  The water is in great shape.  It was clear mid 60's.  We hit the lower end around am and fished over a few tricos.  Tyler caught a few fall fish and three browns.  As we moved around are fishing became nymph fishing.  We hit various pools and riffles and found plenty of trout.  He picked up; an additional seven more beween 12 to 16 inches.  I have many days left.  Fishing is fantastic.  just been very busy to update stream reports.

Out of all our South-Central PA streams, the Letort is by far the most famous. This is where terrestrial fishing began. The brown trout of the Letort are extremely skittish. Patience, the ability to sneak about and the proper fly presentation are all needed to be successful on the Letort. Brown trout populations continue to go up and down but still trout over 20" are present. Midges hatch year round. Blue Winged Olives, black stoneflies, sulphurs and tricos hatch during their given times. Terrestrial fishing becomes the norm over the summer months and good streamer techniques are a must for this legendary limestone creek.

Fishing Report on LETORT: 08/19/17
Steve and I fished from daylight to around 10am.  So we were on the water for about 4 hours.  I had never been asked to go out so early and I'm always up for anything stream related.  He was interested to see if tossing around streamers and big terrestrials would work.  Well, sounded fun to me.  So I put him on water that I knew trout were there, but it was up to them if they were hungry or not.  We fished and fished and ended up getting one around 13 inch on a streamer and two 9 and 14 inches on a cricket.  It was a fun adventure.  Now time for a nap.   


Most anglers fish within the 1 mile "no-kill" stretch at the Allenberry.  The regulation section is great but some outstanding water can be found outside the special reg. section.  In the "open water" one can find both streambred browns and holdover trout without the crowded fishing. It is a stocked stream and stocked several times a year. The Yellow Breeches has a wide diversity of hatching insects. Of all the insects, the "Breeches" heaviest hatches are the black caddis, olive-bodied tan winged caddis, sulphurs and tricos. Some good Hendricksons and brown drake hatches can be fished over as well.  The most famous is the White Fly Hatch and lets not leave out the fantastic midge fishing. To round out the fishing, the Breeches is very well known for its outstanding terrestrial fishing and toughest  midge sipping trout around.

Fishing Report on Yellow Breeches:11/05/17
What an amazing late fall day on the water.  The steady drizzle and 45 degree air temperature did not stop Jim and Derrek from coming down to fish.  We were on the water from 8 to 3:30.  It was clear and mid 40's.  There was not much hatching-few midges and some tiny BWO's.  Derrek had never step foot in a stream before and Jim was new but more along than what he thought.  We had a bag up day fishing just a few nymphs patterns.  The Mike's BH green caddis was killer again.  Missed and lost a few but got close to 12 rainbows and browns to net!

Big Spring Creek sure has come a long way since I first starting fishing it back when it was one trophy trout per day.  Now it is classified as a catch and release fly fishing only stretch of 1.1 miles; from 100 feet downstream of the source (Big Spring) downstream to the Nealy Road Bridge.  Below that is open regulated water.  Still, it is nothing like it was in its hay day when Vincent Marinaro walked the grassy banks of Big Spring.  Much has been written about the rising brook trout once found in Big Spring.  These books describe a stream of miles and miles of rising brook trout, then came the mills and then the final blow—a big hatchery at the headwaters. 

    Much has changed since the hatchery has been shut down.  Big Spring is now fishing much like a wild trout stream.  Now one can find trout outside what was locally known as the “ditch”.  This once dead stream is now on the rebound.  There is plenty of trout to be found within the catch and release water and good angling below the project water.  The stream is filled with some stream-bred rainbows and brown trout.  The past population of stream-bred brook trout is on the rebound.  Thanks to some stockings of brook trout fingerlings, many stream-bred brook trout have begun to appear within many reaches of the stream. 
Efforts have begun to restore the stream and once again make it a world-class fishery.

ing Report on Big Spring: 01/21/18

Bill and his good buddy Sam came down to fish for the day.  We hit the stream at 7:30 under a rising sun and 41 degrees.  We fished for about 6 hours and just a beautiful day.  It eventually reached 53 degrees.  The water was clear and 52 with some midges hatching, followed by pods of rising trout.  The risers were the normal small rainbows.  The guys tossed nymphs and an occasional streamer I had set up on a third rod.  We had a real good day.  They landed close to 15 trout.  It was a combination of 4 brook trout and rest were rainbows.  most of the trout were from 10 to two around 15 inches.  I have plenty of time to get out.  Look for that warm day.

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The Falling Springs is one of three designated limestone wild trout fisheries, and fly fisherman nationwide recognize the Falling Springs as one of the best limestone waters in the East. The Falling Springs with its constant water temperatures makes for a great year round fishery. Most of the Falling Spring flows through picturesque meadows. The stream is blessed with a diversity of mayflies, caddisflies and midges and prime water for summer terrestrial fishing. The Falling Springs has a great population of wild rainbows. Many reaching lengths of 20+ inches. There is also a very good population of wild brown trout, but they are seldom seen or caught because they are very wary. The downtown section is full of both stocked browns and an increasing population of wild rainbows and brown trout.

Fishing Report on Falling Spring:01/10/18
I had nice 4 hours with Jake. We hit the stream at 11 am to 3:30. It was sunny and turning overcast as the afternoon rolled in. The air was 37 warming to 44. The stream was clear and 51 degrees. We noticed a few midges nothing to bring any trout to the surface. So Jake fished nymphs off 4X the entire time. It was not all that bad. We fished hard and really slow. We did not cover water, just fished spots. Jake did fair. He picked up two small rainbows and one around 14 inches. They were taking my shrimp and baetis nymph. I'm cutting back to 6 hour days which mean saving fro you!! A 6 hour day is $150.00/1 and $225.00/2. You can't beat that.