How to Fish the Yellow Breeches
There are many ways to fish the Breeches some more successful than others. When I instruct fly
anglers on the stream I give them at least 7 methods that they should try while they are fishing the stream.
Here's an old method that still works very well today as it did when I learned it from my old fishing buddies
the late Gene Utech and Sam Wilks.
Many fly anglers shy away from these techniques because they believe a
superduper new fly pattern is what they need and that will be their saving grace. Well good luck. Although the
stream is stocked heavily
the fish do get leader shy and fairly
smart on any given day. This technique will allow you to cover a lot of water and is especially good when there's
really nothing specific the fish are feeding on which is the usual course on the stream because the hatches on the
Yellow Breeches aren't anywhere near what they were 35 years ago.
The technique is the 3 fly dropper method.
Of course you can use Czech Technique of tying the droppers to the bend of the hook on
each fly but that's not how we fished it and I'll give you some reasons for it. This method uses the standard
droppers tied on around 6-8 inches off the leader. You can use a variety of knots and methods to
do this, that's up to you. I like the first dropper about 14 inches above the tail fly and the 3rd
fly about the same above it. You can experiment with this to see what distances work for you but
these are just averages that seem to do well (Photo
to the left shows the Isonychia mayfly, or Lead Wing Coachman. The three fly technique is great for imitating
these swimming nymphs).
Make sure you use heavier leaders for the
droppers. I like at least 6 lb; so we are talking around 4 x. Also a little stiffer leader material
lets the flies stick out from the leader more. And that's one of the secrets on the Breeches. You can get
some really fine action with this method of droppers that you can't get with any other rig.
You can fish the droppers upstream, across, and
down, or three-quarters down and each method will take fish. Gene Utech was unbelievable successful and this
is the way he normally fished. Here's a couple other secrets: you can use this to fish soft hackles, wet
flies or even nymphs. Vary the colors with the season and vary the depth you fish at, including a little shot
above the tail fly and you have a system that will out fish most of the guys on the stream. (for which flies to
carry on these streams try the Spring Creek Fly Box)
One other trick that for some reason few anglers
fail to use is to vary the sizes of the flies. Try large wets or soft hackles, and then go to small ones
and that will immediately tell you what size flies the fish are after that day.
On the Breeches you just flip the rig don't over
cast and you won't tangle the droppers as much. This is a technique that seldom fails to get fish. If
you'd like more instruction on this stream just give me an email. Good Luck.