Fall Fishing on Codorus Creek and the Yellow Breeches

My brother-in-law, Ron ‘Ol Don Hill decided to come in for a long weekend and do some Fall trout fishing. We couldn’t have picked a better weekend …..early October with temperatures in the 70’s and no wind.

We had most success on Codorus Creek. The stream temperature was 50 degrees and fish were occasionally rising. We caught 22 wild browns using a Crackleback (‘Ol Don’s go to fly) and a #18 caddis.

We spent 1 day on Yellow breeches near Allenberry and another day on the upper section near Huntsdale.  Tricos had the fish looking up. We used various ant patterns, midges and the Crackleback to entice them.

We had beautiful weather. We had lunch each day by the creek. We saw deer, a fox, a mother raccoon with her 3 kids, and caught 38 fish as a bonus. It doesn’t get any better than that.

‘Ol Don on the upper Yellow Breeches

Codorus Wild Brown

 

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Savage River, Swanton MD

Tim Brookens and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Savage River. The river was low in comparison to most years which made it easier to wade. In addition the water temperature was 65 degrees so it was good to wet wade (Tim forgot his waders).

We had a successful day – landed 9 fish ( 8 Brown and a brookie). We each caught 14″ Browns.  Any  fish over 12″ on the Savage is considered a trophy in my books. The fishing was almost as good as cooking burgers at the campground by the river for lunch.

Tim’s 14″ Brown

Took’s 14″ Brown

Due to busy (retiree) schedules we made it a one day trip but wished we could have camped and stayed for another day or 2.

Yellow Breeches (Stuart Road)

Fishing on the upper section of the Breeches is always a good “go to” place in the Fall. Tricos are still hatching in the morning which gets the wild browns looking up……and the fish are also attracted to ants and beetles.

My younger sons Craig and Luke fished together downstream from me while I fished a section closer to where we parked. We caught over 20 brownies mostly on ants and a crackleback.

Good morning!

Luke and Craig along the Breeches

11″ Wild Brown

Codorus Creek, York County

Codorus Creek

12 inch wild brown

Crackleback

Codorus Creek is a class “A” wild trout stream. The west branch is in the “trophy trout program” and is tailwater  from Lake Marburg. Even in the heat of summer the water is ice cold.

I did see some rising fish, but had no idea what they were rising to (not splashy rises). There were certainly plenty of bugs biting me!

I fished the section starting downstream of the Park near Porter’s station and caught 12 wild browns – a couple 12 inchers using a crackleback. A good day!

Spring Creek, State College, PA

Picked up Tim Brookens at 5:00 am and headed for Spring Creek. The Tricos hatch is on!

We parked at Fly Fisherman’s paradise , walked upstream passed the no wading section and split up from there. We used 2 different tactics and both successful.

Spring Creek wild Brown

I fished the pools for rising fish sipping Tricos with a #28 midge and Tim fished the shallow riffles with a #12 Crackleback. We ended up with 17 fish between us. Tricos were done by 10:00.

We met back at the “Paradise” section for lunch by the “Spring”. Before Tim got back I got to meet with Joe Humphreys, Penn State fly fishing legend who just finished an interview session. Joe is 87 years old and still is an active fly fisherman and teacher.  I watched him catch a fish. Impressive!

Fishing Creek, Lamar PA

Fishing Creek Brown

Tim Brookens changing to a BWO

Tim Brookens and I camped at Poe Paddy State Park for 2 nights with the intention of fishing Penns Creek. It was a bust! No bugs combined with high water temperature equals no action.

So, we decided to go to Fishing Creek. We caught a handful of fish in the morning (water slightly stained). I did land a 17″ Wild Brown on an elk hair caddis. Nice Fish! We fished through a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

It poured again during the night( my tent leaked just a little). We gave Spruce Creek (George Harvey section) a try on our way home but the rain clouded Spruce just enough to kill dry fly attempts. Hey, it’s all about the outing.