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Welcome to our fishing report page. Below you will find the most comprehensive Fly Fishing report and stream conditions available for the Beaverkill River, Willowemoc River, East Branch of the Delaware, West Branch of the Delaware and Main Stem Delaware River. We only report firsthand information based on the observations of our guide staff. You will never read second hand information on this report. You can also call us in the fly shop for location specific reports daily at 607-290-4022

 

Ken Tutalo's

Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

Monday, August 25, 2014

Current Stream Flows

RIVER

Today's FLOW RATE in CFS.

Yesterday's Flow / Long Term average.

WATER TEMPERATURE (F)

BEAVERKILL RIVER

108  cfs.

 cfs. / cfs.

Warm in lower reaches

WILLOWEMOC RIVER

90 cfs.

 cfs. / cfs.

 

WEST BRANCH DELAWARE

670 cfs.

 cfs. / cfs.

 

EAST BRANCH DELAWARE

185 cfs.

  cfs. / cfs.

 

 

LOWER EAST BRANCH

337 cfs.

 cfs. / cfs.

Warm in lower reaches

 

MAIN STEM DELAWARE

1090 cfs.

  cfs. / cfs.

Warm in lower reaches

 

Fishing Quality

RIVER

FISHING QUALITY

WATER QUALITY

BEAVERKILL

Good Fishing

Low Water / Warm in lower reaches

WILLOWEMOC

Good Fishing

Low Water

WEST BRANCH

Good

Good Flow / Ice Cold / Algae in drift

EAST BRANCH (UPPER)

Good Technical Fishing - Excellent at dark

Low Water/ normal summer flow / Ice Cold

EAST BRANCH (LOWER)

Slow Fishing - Good at dark

 Low Water Conditions / Warm in lower reaches

MAIN STEM DELAWARE

Decent Fishing - Good at dark

Normal Summer Flow / Warm in lower reaches

Upper Delaware Region

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The fishing conditions in the Upper Delaware are pretty good for August .

All area rivers are low at this time.

.  So far this summer has brought us much cooler weather than normal and all of our rivers still have decent water temperatures for Trout fishing. Some areas like the Lower Beaverkill, Lower East Branch and Lower Main Stem may have marginal water temps on bright sunny days and late in the day. Anglers should check the water temperature when fishing the lower reaches of these rivers.

I have been on the river just about every night and my guests have had quality fishing. The last few nights I have been floating either the Main Stem or West Branch. The fishing has been pretty steady and good.

The East and West Branches have reliable hatches of Sulfurs and Olives. The Trout are rising sporadically through the afternoon. From about 5:30 until dark the action has been very steady. We have been having good success with both Cripples and Knock Down Duns.

Here is a nice brown from last night

The Main Stem has been a bit less predictable. The bugs have been heavy at times and absent some days. The only consistent action has been right at dark.

At dark the river really comes alive as a mix of insects show up at once.  Isonychia, Cahills and Sulfurs are on the water along with tiny olives and a bunch of other tiny pesky insects.

Flying Ants made their first appearance this week and the Trout were feeding on them at times. Over the next few weeks these insects can swarm at any time and create fast and furious surface action. The best conditions for swarming ants are dry afternoons with bright sunshine and light winds. Over time these are the conditions where I have seen the best activity. If you are heading to the river in the coming days make sure you have some patterns to imitate Flying ants in a few different sizes.

On my recent floats we have had very fast action right at dark. Every night the river has been exploding with insect and trout activity a few minutes before dark. This action has been continuing into darkness and if you put a light on the water after dark the rivers surface is absolutely cover with a mix of insects.

At this time the Nymph fishing is starting to pick up. This week I did 2 full day floats and we nymphed quite a bit during the afternoon hours. We had fairly steady hookups on mostly smaller nymphs. In the coming days the nymphing should steadily improve.

Recently I have also been fishing the lower Main Stem in the daytime for Smallmouth Bass. If you enjoy fishing for this species now is the time to get out for a trip. The water levels are right and the water is finally warm enough for these fish to be in high gear.

I have some openings this weekend for both evening Dry Fly Floats and Smallmouth Bass Fishing. Give us a call at 607-290-4022

Recently Guide Rich and I got out for an evening float. We had a good night. From the put in to the take out there were abundant bugs and a steady supply of rising trout. We had no trouble locating larger trout feeding and we put together a decent mix of Browns and Bows.

Below are a few photos of Guide Rich holding some fish.

This last shot is Guide Rich's son who is following in dad's footsteps.

Below are some photos from late July Trips trips. My guests have been treated to some of the most exciting fishing of the season recently.

 

This 22" Brown crushed a streamer in about 12" of water.

Below are some other fish from Felix's float trips

above is Frank Passuci with a nice Brown from a recent float

I wanted to let everyone in the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Community know that our dear friend Ralph Graves passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.

Below are a few Pics. of Chris Dunbar who had Great Streamer Fishing on a recent float trip.

During our last high water guide Rich and I put the boat in for a short streamer float. We both got the rare opportunity to be in the front of the boat for a while.

The fishing was crazy good and big browns crushed our streamers from start to finish. There was a period where it was so good that we had multiple trout chasing our flies at once.

I started the day with a rare double as I had nice browns take both the anchor and teaser fly on the same cast. Below is a shot of the double browns

Overall we easily had more than 30 large trout strike our flies in a 4 mile float. Below are a few more of our fish.  We did not take many photos.

 This giant measured just over 24 inches and had a massive 17.5 inch girth.

Here are some recent photos. Click photo to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

Beaverkill and Willowemoc

 Summertime conditions

 

East Branch

Upper East -

 High and Clearing

 

 Lower East -

High and Clear

Below are photos from this seasons trips

 

 

West Branch

I have been on the West the last few days and the fishing has been good.

My guests have been taking  fish on both nymphs and dry flies.

The nymphing has been excellent but there is a lot of algae in the drift which has to be picked off after every cast or two. Even with this inconvenience the fishing has been good.

The dry fly action has been consistent. There is a decent afternoon hatch most days. Towards dark the activity has been steady. The dorothea sulfurs are emerging in heavy numbers along with Olives, Cahills and Isonychia.

Since the season opened the west has been very busy. Every weekend there has been heavy boat traffic. At this time you will find steady boat traffic and most every popular pool will be full of wade anglers. The game land areas have been especially crowded.

Main Stem 

The Main is high and Turbid

Below is a photo of a Main Stem double for Bill Hardy and Tom Gibson. The action has been so good that 2 Trout hooked at the same time has become a regular occurrence.

Below is a nice photo of Bill Hardys hand with a rainbow behind it.

 

Below is a nice shot from a recent float

Below are a few recent shots.

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