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AKSkim
04-08-2008, 09:03 PM
The end of last week I had the opportunity to watch my #3 daughter play back to back lacrosse games in Western PA. The games were at night and that left the day open to do what ever I choose to do.. so without adding more suspense to this post, I went fishing. Go figure!!?? I posted once about the Neshannock Creek, so I will cover one of my favorite PA creeks, the Yellow Breeches that I hit on my way back home.
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Did I mention it is the beginning of fishing season in PA?? Well it is and I did more watching of fisherman that I did fishing. Sometime you just have to sit back and enjoy life, and this was to be one of those days.

I knew it would be different when in I was in the local fly shop and a “gentleman” came in and asked for salmon eggs. The shop attendant said they don’t carry any bait, to wit the “gentleman” then asked if they sell fishing licenses, they do and he would be right with him, again to wit the “gentleman” stated he already had a license and just wanted the state fishing regulation book. Did I say I knew it would be different that day? Well if I didn’t I knew it would be.

I know that creek… and when you go to nice spots where you typically only see people with fly rods in their hands suddenly have spin casters. Did I say I knew it would be different that day? Anyway, there were lots of them.. people there, just a hucking and a chucking all sorts of plastic fish at the stream. No use fishing in conditions such as these and I decided to wander off and explore.
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And explore I did, you know your in Pennsylvania Dutch Country when you begin to pass their vehicles. Now for a city boy like myself and before the movie Witness ever came out, I never seen one of theses. Still amazed no matter how many times you see one.
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I would stop along the creek and take photos and make some notes for later on next month when I will return to these waters. For those of you who wish to know where I was I took this photo just for you.

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As I said I would get out and take photos of the creek and talk to the spin guy’s I encountered. Yes, you can still learn even from “those people.” I am always polite and never marched right up to them and started shouting questions; I waited, watched, and then asked questions. I was incognito you might say wearing a red and black checked wool coat like I just stepped out of the Maine woods, my camera strung around my neck and no fishing rod in hand = lost, but harmless.
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There are always nice surprises if you go looking for them. Late in the afternoon I stopped at this General Store and from the outset you knew it has been in business for many many, years. When I walked in the second thing I noticed was this Coke machine in the corner. The first being the creaking wooden floor. It was the old style I haven’t seen since I was a kid. It circulated cold water around the sodas, and if you know what I mean, they were always ice cold.
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Like everything else in life things are not always as they appear.
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I guess you have to use what you have at hand sometimes. Bait fisherman, they can take over more than a nice stream.

As always, just happy to be here, or any where for that matter.

AK Skim

ttas67
04-09-2008, 01:09 AM
nice report! why weren't you fishing! I love boiling springs, and hope to be up there either early this summer or early fall.

AKSkim
04-09-2008, 09:16 AM
why weren't you fishing! I love boiling springs

Too many spin & bate fisherman for my liking, they were every where. Just have to wait a couple of weeks and they will be gone. Then the creek will get back to normal.

I didn't put it in the report, I did start off day on the Letort Spring Creek. Found a back way into a section of the creek that doesn't see too much pressure.

jpavoncello
04-09-2008, 09:30 PM
New to the board and just saw your post. Glad you got to experience a PA opening day! When you come up next, drop me an email and let me know. I'll share local knowledge and join you on the stream if you wish!
John

Byron Begley
04-09-2008, 09:34 PM
Boiling Springs is a special place. I've spent a lot of good times there over the last 25 years with a lot of good friends. I can't wait to go back. Stay at Allenberry. I didn't know they allowed bait fishing in the Yellow Breeches. It was artificial only single hook barbless the last time I was there. It's been a while though.

Byron

MBWCC
04-09-2008, 10:18 PM
Boiling Springs is a special place. I've spent a lot of good times there over the last 25 years with a lot of good friends. I can't wait to go back. Stay at Allenberry. I didn't know they allowed bait fishing in the Yellow Breeches. It was artificial only single hook barbless the last time I was there. It's been a while though.

ByronThe rules differ depending on which section of the Yellow Breeches you wish to fish. The "classic" section that is normally referred to when someone speaks of the Yellow Breeches is that section from Boiling Springs down stream a mile or so. It was once catch & release fly fishing only, but is now catch & release artificial lures only. The rest of the river is what PA calls "Approved Trout Waters" which means it is stocked and for the most part all tackle, put & take regulations apply.

AKSkim
04-10-2008, 01:06 AM
The rules differ depending on which section of the Yellow Breeches you wish to fish. The "classic" section that is normally referred to when someone speaks of the Yellow Breeches is that section from Boiling Springs down stream a mile or so. It was once catch & release fly fishing only, but is now catch & release artificial lures only. The rest of the river is what PA calls "Approved Trout Waters" which means it is stocked and for the most part all tackle, put & take regulations apply.

I went back and re-read my original post and can see where someone may construed that I inferred that there were people fishing with live bate in the Boiling Springs area.

To clarify my statement, in the Boiling Springs area, I did observe spin fisherman using lures. I did not see anyone using live bate in that area, nor did I go looking closely to see if anyone had been.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb178/AKSkim/IMG_3533.jpg This was posted in the strip of land between The Run and the Yellow Breeches Creek in Boiling Springs.

However, farther up stream I did see and spoke to one man who was using live bate.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb178/AKSkim/IMG_3561.jpg This was posted in the general area where I spoke with the one bate fisherman. Litter Law meaning, don't leave your empty bate boxes on the stream banks.


Lastly, MBWCC thank you for your correct input about fishing regulations on the Yellow Breeches. You cleared any misconceptions before I got to post.

MBWCC
04-12-2008, 08:00 PM
I went back and re-read my original post and can see where someone may construed that I inferred that there were people fishing with live bate in the Boiling Springs area.Actually, as one of those who lives with Pennsylvania's bizarre idea of fishing rules I thought your post was perfectly clear.

Lastly, MBWCC thank you for your correct input about fishing regulations on the Yellow Breeches. You cleared any misconceptions before I got to post.No problem. I live here and I don't understand all of PA's fishing rules; it was easy to understand why someone else might be confused.