Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die television show. There are countless reasons people visit Cumberland Valley throughout the year to fly-fish, but just to show a glimpse...here's our Top 6!
1. Quality of Fishing Streams - If there is one thing that makes Cumberland Valley stand out for fly-fishing it's our collection of quality waters. Three of the world-renowned streams in the sport are located here - LeTort Spring Run, Yellow Breeches Creek and the Big Spring Creek. Yellow Breeches is widely known for its stocked brown trout and has a popular mile-long catch-and-release section. Many choose to access this stream at Allenberry Resort, Inn & Playhouse due to the parking and easily accessible waters. LeTort Spring Run is one of the finest limestone trout streams in the nation and is known for large, wild brown trout. Big Spring Creek is another famous limestone creek that flows through woodland and farmland and includes a 1.5 mile catch-and-release only fly-fishing area.
2. Fishing is Year-Round - Unlike many places around the country and even the world, fly-fishing in Cumberland Valley is a 365 sport. Many of our natural streams keep a consistent temperature allowing for productive fishing throughout the winter months. If you're willing to put on a few extra layers, fishing in Cumberland Valley can be year-round fun.
3. History of Fishing is Celebrated - Anglers flock to our streams every year to join the likes of Ed Shenk, Joe Humphreys, Ed Cook and other famous fly-fishermen. These "fathers of fly-fishing" knew our streams were unlike many others and documented Cumberland Valley as one of the first places to fly-fish. This area celebrates its history with locations like the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum and events like Fly Fishing Heritage Days at Allenberry.
4. Welcomes Every Skill Level - Yellow Breeches is loved by all skill levels of fly-fishers because of its ample amount of trout and mile-long catch and release section. If you're looking for a challenge, LeTort Spring Run is known as one of the more difficult places to fly fish in the world. Plentiful reed beds and taxing currents will give any fisherman a run for their money. Many travel to these waters each year in hopes to catch big and wild brown trout. For those just getting started, guides are plentiful in this area as well. Save yourself some start up time by going out for an afternoon or day with an experienced guide who can show you the best places to fish and share valuable tips and tricks. View a list of guides in the Valley here. When the TCO Fly Shop in Boiling Springs opens, they will also offer a variety of guide services. Learn more about this new shop under #6.
5. Variety of Trout - Those fishing for trout will be pleased that three different types can be found in Cumberland Valley streams, including brook, brown and rainbow. Brook trout is Pennsylvania's state fish, brown is the most common trout in our waters, and rainbow are usually stocked, the easiest to catch and the largest.
6. Fishing Amenities - The Valley embraces its streams and prime fishing with a variety of amenities for those interested in the sport. If you're looking to find a new favorite fishing spot start with our convenient parking. View the County Map here and use the fishing symbol to find our parking locations. For a unique experience visit the Huntsdale Fish Hatchery in Carlisle. The onsite Visitors Center has info on the area and can include a tour of the hatchery and its concrete raceways for trout production.
Fishing continues to grow in popularity in this area and you can look forward to a new addition in 2016 with the opening of a TCO Fly Shop in Boiling Springs. Located right on the scenic Children's Lake, TCO plans to open in early 2016 and will feature everything you need to fly-fish including a station for fly tying, guide options and gear. The shop will also serve the outdoors community with footwear, apparel and more.
Artists in Cumberland Valley even embrace the importance of fishing! Stop by the Gerald W. Putt Studio in Boiling Springs to see a variety of wildlife paintings including fish. Thom Glace Watercolors in Camp Hill specializes in fish and dragonfly studies, landscapes and miniatures in transparent watercolor.
6 Reasons Why Fly-Fishing is Special to Cumberland Valley
June 10, 2015