Home of renowned fly-fishermen like Ed Shenk, and known for famous fly-fishing streams including the Yellow Breeches Creek, LeTort Spring Run or Big Spring Creek, fly-fishermen have been traversing the Cumberland Valley since the 18th Century.  Our scenic streams range from all-tackle Approved Trout Waters to fly-fishing only and no-harvest sections.  This area is rife with Class-A Fly-Fishing waters - the highest qualify in the state for wild trout fly-fishing.

Our pristine waters are a rare gem among the historically polluted waterways of the East Coast.  Geographically, our fertile soil and limestone bed concentration has made the waters suitable for a multitude of healthy fly hatches, specifically mayflies and caddisflies.  Spring-fed streams (lovingly referred to as limestoners, due to the type of stone influencing the waters) keep a fairly constant year-round temperature of 56 degree water temperature, ideal for wild, breeding populations of trout, and year-round fishing opportunities.  Fishermen especially enjoy fishing in May, when the fish bugs are most active, and October, when fall foliage is at its peak beauty.


Fishermen can expect to find three types of trout in Cumberland Valley streams: brook, brown and rainbow.  Brook trout are commonly thought of as the prettiest of the three types of trout, and are the Pennsylvania State Fish.  Brown trout are the predominant trout found in our waters.  Although they are not a native fish, both wild and stocked can be found.  Rainbow trout are usually stocked, and tend to be the largest of the three types of trout and the easiest to catch.

Yellow Breeches Creek
The Yellow Breeches Creek is famous for stocked brown trout.  Many fishermen choose to fish at Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse, where there is ample parking, easily accessible waters and the beautiful backdrop of the Allenberry grounds.  Fly-fishing weekend packages are available each year, which include half or whole day instruction from renowned fly-fishermen.  Allenberry is also home of the Pennsylvania Fly-Fishing Museum, which hosts a Fly-Fishing Heritage Day each June.  This year's event takes place on June 14.

Yellow Breeches Outfitters
Yellow Breeches Outfitters is a Boiling Springs staple and is settled between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Children's Lake.   This outdoor store has long been a staple for fishermen and includes a broad array of flies and fishing gear, as well as expert advice.  Fishing guides can be procured with advance notice, and fishing licenses are available on-site.  Fishing is available in Children's Lake, as well as access to the famed Appalachian Trail.  While in Boiling Springs, fishermen should not miss Gerald W. Putt Gallery, where they can find prints of wildlife, including trout, created by an award-winning nature and wildlife artist.

LeTort Spring Run
LeTort Spring Run is considered by some to be the most challenging stream in the world to fly-fish in, and was prominently featured in the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before you Die by Chris Santella.  Fishermen come from around the world to try and reel in a big, wild and colorful brown trout, but the nature of the stream means they are smart and have many places to hide.  The section from Bonneybrook to LeTort Park is specifically fly-fishing only waters.  Fishermen near LeTort Park can also enjoy the LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail, which features interpretive signage highlighting industry along the LeTort Spring Run.  Click here to see a video with LeTort Spring Run fly-fishing tips from a Cumberland Valley resident.


Gerald W. Putt Print
Big Spring Creek is an excellent spot to fish for wild and stocked trout.  While wild brown trout are uncommon in this stream, visitors can choose to visit nearby Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery where they can learn about trout stocking and enjoy watching the huge trout that live in decorative ponds surrounding the hatchery.

Big Spring's true claim to fame is its healthy population of native brook trout living among large and wild rainbow trout.  There are only a handful of waters in Pennsylvania that support sustainable wild rainbow trout populations, and Big Spring combines those unique features with ample supplies of cress bugs and other invertebrates that make for large and healthy fish.  Wild populations of trout are largely found near the headwaters, while the lower sections provide excellent stocked fishing opportunities.

Market Cross Pub
Perhaps one of the most appealing qualities of Cumberland Valley streams are their close proximity to each other.  Anglers can easily fish a variety of world-class limestones in one weekend, and still have time for other activities like sampling craft brews from Market Cross Pub or Appalachian Brewing Company.

Planning your fly-fishing trip is also easy to do in Cumberland Valley.  Simply book a guide, like Tom's Fly-Fishing Service, and get out on the water.  Ample parking and access points can be found on the Official Cumberland Valley Map (look for the brown F symbol).  More streams, outfitters and angling points of interest can be found on our Fishing Page.  Finally, compare rates and find availability using the Cumberland Valley Booking Engine.