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Allenberry guest on a quiet stretch of the Yellow Breeches, Boiling Springs, PA. Allenberry Resort image.

Fishing at Allenberry: when you can get in the Yellow Breeches again, and what plans are coming

By Sean Adams / April 17, 2017 / Penn Live

Fly fishing is one of the most popular attractions offered at Allenberry Resort. And new owner Mike Kennedy is planning to cater to that audience as renovations continue.

“We’re working with a guy who does stream restorations from the State College area,” he said. “He’s going to submit to do major stream renovation from the town up through the resort.”

If approved, the plan will remove nearly 100 years of silt deposits from the creek, making the stream deeper and thus a better environment for fish.

“Parts of that creek have gotten really shallow with the silt,” he said. “It takes permits and a significant amount of construction, but we’re committed to doing it as soon as the permits will allow.”

Those permits, according to Kennedy, aren’t likely to allow for any work on the creek bed before August.

In the meantime, however, fishermen are welcome to fish in the Yellow Breeches immediately on the opposite shore.
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“We own 13 acres on the other side of the creek,” Kennedy said. “We’ve made that available to the public for fishing from that side.”

Study of a Humboldt Cutthroat Trout, Sub Species of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Painted during a live demo at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania by internationally acclaimed watercolor artist Thom Glace. Click on image to visit Thom Glace’s studio.

The idea is to avoid congestion and confusion on the resort itself.

“Before, what they did was have fishermen parking all over the resort property,” Kennedy said. “And we just can’t have that. Rather than the fisherman who is just there to hit the creek trying to vie for parking, we said we have this space on the other side. Use it enjoy it. Then we can attend to the guests as well.”

Once the resort is fully operational, guests can still enter the creek from the resort side.

“If you’re a master fly fisherman, you go in the creek and do your thing,” Kennedy said. “We want to engage the people who are maybe first-time fly fisherman or fisherwoman, and learn the sport and enjoy it to the point where, when they leave, they know a whole lot more about than when they came, and two, they’re most likely catching fish.

To that end, the resort is partnering with TCO Fly Shop in Boiling Springs to offer classes and lessons.

“They have guys that are going to be working with us to set up fly fishing schools and groups and afternoons with individuals,” Kennedy said. “We’re going to be really promoting the fishing on the creek there.”

 

 

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