Information on Fly 2025 Coming Soon!

Dear Friends,

It is my absolute pleasure to announce that our 2024 On The Fly event was a huge success! Thanks to our hosts – the Harpster family, our long-time presenting sponsor – Lee Industries, and our hardworking committee members, volunteers, participants, and guests, we had the wonderful opportunity to reconnect on a beautiful spring day in the heart of central Pennsylvania in support of YSB. I had so many good conversations with many of our supporters, whose generosity ensures that local children and youth have the support they need to grow into responsible, independent young people. Whether they need a safe place to call home, a meal, a community service opportunity, practice making healthy friends, or help with homework, YSB’s team of youth advocates and family educators provide the guidance and resources that kids and families need to reach their full potential.

I am happy to report that this year we increased our net income from On The Fly by ~15% (compared to last year), which is the direct result of our amazing volunteers and supporters. This is so important because it helps to ensure that we’re keeping our facilities and programs running year-round so that we’re always there when kids need us. I’m looking forward to next year’s event, and I’m anticipating spots for teams and sponsorships to sell out early. Check back soon for a save the date for 2025!

With gratitude,

Christine Bishop


Event Information

Wayne Harpster and his family offer their private waters on premiere Spruce Creek for our annual On the Fly fishing tournament. This unique one-fly tournament begins with breakfast, two fishing sessions separated by a hearty lunch, and concludes with a banquet and awards presentation. A team consists of four individuals with a rotating schedule of fishing. The legendary Joe Humphreys will be in attendance. All day tickets, banquet tickets, and other sponsorship opportunities are available.

Wayne Harpster Farm


The 2025 date will be announced soon, Stay tuned!



All YSB fundraising events promote a friendly atmosphere and camaraderie between new and old friends. These events raise funds needed to maintain the array of programs and services of the YSB. The YSB is a non-profit human service agency that has been serving children, youth, and families of Centre County and surrounding counties since 1968.

YSB Special Events are held rain or shine.  Because these are charitable events, no refunds will be made if it becomes impossible to complete the event due to adverse weather or circumstances beyond the event committee’s control.

The office registration and financial information of the Centre County Youth Service Bureau may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.

For information on how to become a 2025 YSB Event Season or On The Fly  Sponsor, please contact Kathy at

6:30 – 8:00  Breakfast


  • 7:30 – 8:30: Fishermen A
  • 8:30 – 9:30: Fishermen B
  • 9:30 – 10:30: Fishermen A
  • 10:30 – 11:30: Fishermen B

11:00 – 12:30  Lunch


  • 1:00 – 2:00: Fishermen A
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Fishermen B
  • 3:00 – 4:00: Fishermen A
  • 4:00 – 5:00: Fishermen B

4:30 Evening Reception Begins

Fishing Rules

  • Contestants shall be limited to using one (1) fly with a single barbless hook on each beat. 
  • Any conventional fly pattern (e.g. dry, wet, nymph, streamer, egg, worm or terrestrial) may be used. No modified spinning lure or molded lead-headed jigs type will be approved. 
  • The fly used will be registered by the controller prior to each hour of fishing.  
  • Repair of flies may only be done with the use of glue, or other adhesive.  Any re-tying of the fly with thread or fly-tying materials will be prohibited.  Broken hooks may be honed back to usable sharpness with any sharpening tool. 
  • Wading by Contestants is not permitted. Controllers are permitted to enter the water to net a fish. 
  • Strike indicators are not permitted, however straight (uncoiled), colored leader or tippet material (i.e. sighters) may be used. 
  • Additional weight (e.g. split shot, putty, etc) may be added to the leader or tippet. 
  • Any non-trout fish caught will be scored as one point. 
  • No chumming permitted before, during or after the event.  
  • Any fish hooked behind the gill plate is considered foul hooked and will not be scored. 
  • Fish shall not be dragged onto the shore.  Nets shall be used to land fish to avoid harm to the fish.
  • Any fish killed will result in a deduction of 10 points.
  • If the Contestant’s fly becomes lost in brush or snags, it may be recovered and reattached to the leader and they may continue fishing; however, if any unsafe practice is used to retrieve a fly, the contestant can be disqualified by the controller.
  • YSB reserves the right to pause fishing during dangerous weather conditions.  No fish will be scored during the pause and fishing time lost cannot be rescheduled.

Fishing Procedures 

  • Rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission governing the waters to be fished will be strictly observed. 
  • Competition will include team or individual entries. There will be a Team Champion and an Individual Champion with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. 
  • Contestants are randomly assigned to four different beats and will fish two beats in the morning and two in the afternoon. Each beat is fished for one hour. 
  • Teammates will fish next to each other on adjacent beats throughout the day.  Teammates may switch beats during their session.  Only one angler may fish a beat at a time. 
  • Contestants may choose the fly pattern used after examining their beats.  Contestants may use a different fly on each beat. 
  • Contestants must stop fishing the beat where their fly was irretrievably lost but can resume fishing on the next assigned beat with a new fly. 
  • Controllers assigned to each beat will score all trout caught per guidelines.  Controllers may assist in the landing of any fish with the permission of the fisherman. 
  • Contestants may bring one spare fly rod, reel and line.  


On The Fly depends on the time and talent of volunteers to bring this event to life.

On The Fly takes place at 5627 Covered Bridge Ln., Spruce Creek PA 16883

General Volunteer Shifts for On The Fly:

5:30am – 10:30am

Registration, Games set up and sales, Merchandise set up and sales, Waiver table etc.

10:00am – 3:00pm

Games, Raffles, set up and clean up for lunch etc.

2:30pm – 7:30pm

Games and Raffles, Live auction, Take down event signs, Load up all supplies, Final Clean up.

Controllers and Scorers for On The Fly

All Day

Build or Buy A Basket/Item!

A donation towards our auctions and games help to raise money to support  youth and families.

Connect with friends, organizations you are a part of, or businesses to create a basket ready to be auctioned off at our On The Fly Event!  Fill out the form below to get started!

Click Here to Build a Basket!

Want us to do the shopping? Buy a Basket or Item and we will take care of the rest!

Click HERE to see the list of items!

If you have questions Contact Kathy Coursen | | 814-237-5731