A mountain tailwater stream with wild and holdover trout. Tall trees line the stream, providing adequate shade. Small to medium sized, flat, slow moving and clear, interspersed with occasional riffles and pools. Long, fine leaders and careful presentations are a must. Hatches include hendricksons, march browns, sulfurs and light cahills. Famous for its green inchworms, which drop from overhanging trees from late May to mid June. Also has very good caddis and midge hatches, with superb dry fly terrestrial fishing during the summer months.
Yellow Breeches Creek
Legendary limestone stream, 60 wide at its middle stretch. Fed by limestone springs and freestone tributaries such as Mountain Creek. Holds a mix of stocked and wild trout with excellent spawning habitat. Prolific insect hatches and an excellent forage base. Hatches include blue-winged olives, caddis, march browns, sulfurs, tricorythodes, little black stoneflies, white mayflies, craneflies and unparalleled terrestrial fishing in warmer months. Absolutely legendary and world-famous.
Big Spring Creek
Originates from large limestone springs with a consistent flow of cool, fertile water. State record brown trout taken in 1945, a 15½-pound native brown trout. Hatches include blue-winged olives, midges, sulfurs; cress bugs and shrimp abound. This stream provides a unique opportunity to land a 5-pound brook trout on a dry fly. Handicapped accessible, wading is allowed but not necessary.
Letort Spring Run - for advanced fly-fishers
Legendary and well-known from writings of many skilled anglers. Many new fly-fishing techniques and patterns have developed here to fool the creeks wary, large brown trout. Hatches include blue-winged olives, sulfurs, tricorythodes, terrestrials; cress bugs and shrimp abound. Long, fine leaders and careful presentations and approaches are an absolute must. Fly-fishing history has been made here.
Green Spring Creek
Tiny limestone creek with cool, nutrient-rich water, flows through picturesque farmland. Hatches include blue-winged olives, sulfurs and tricorythodes. Terrestrials and cress bug imitations work well during non-hatch periods. Makes a nice side trip when fishing Big Spring Creek.
Flows through a rugged, undeveloped wooded area in southern York County. Characterized by swift rapids, deep pools and large boulders. Warm water flows in summer months decrease oxygen content and trout migrate to cooler tributaries. In the warmer months, this creek is productive for small mouth bass.
Fertile tailwater noted for its large trout. Flows through areas of woods, cornfields and rural residences. Hatches include hendricksons, sulfurs, march browns, gray foxes and various caddis. Good stream for early season.
Large limestone creek of legendary status. National reputation for big, wild browns averaging 12 to 14 inches, with terrific fly hatches. This stream has attracted well-known fisherman, and stories of 25 to 27 inch fish are common. Hatches include blue-winged olives, sulfurs, early brown stone flies, blue quills, yellow crane flies, midges, caddis, light cahills, tricorythodes and terrestrials. Excellent year-round nymph and cress bug fishing.
World-class small mouth bass fisheries, with excellent forage base of insects and baitfish. Rock formations, islands and weed beds provide perfect habitat. You will not find better small mouth bass fishing anywhere.
Other Productive Waters
Little Schuylkill River
Falling Spring Branch