OTHER PA STREAMS

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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.

LETORT
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.   

YELLOW BREECHES

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    
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.

Fish
ing Report on Big Spring: 11/17/17

John and Bill seen I dropped my prices and they were right on it.  Lucky I had the day to go out.  It was beautiful out.  The clouds lost to the sun.  It was 40 at 8 and warmed to a nice 48 by 2.  The water was clear and 52 degrees.  The dark colored, tiny midges made for a few rising trout.  I gave them many options and they decided to toss double nymph rigs off long leaders with their sighter mono.  So we worked the stream both in the fly area a a short section outside the fly area for the day.  They did very well.  They both caught trout in the low teen's.  Most were 6 to 10 inches.  They landed easily 16 combined.  They were taking many of the flies I'm offering in my specials.  Both John and Bill bought several nice selections of my patterns before they left.  It was a great time on the water. 

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FALLING SPRINGS
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:11/15/17
It was a good day to be on the water. Jake and I fished from 8 to around 4pm. It was mostly cloudy all day, 38 to start the day 45 to end. the water was clear, good flow and 52 degrees. A few midges were seen. It did become a little breezy. We fished mostly nymphs. We did deal them a few streamers and did get a nice 15 inch brown in on a white minnow. Jake did well with nymphs. He picked up three rainbows all on crustaceans-- my simple shrimp and a cress bug. Although it in winter fishing is good. 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.