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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

Weekend Preview

River Flow Table

Beaverkill - 1090 cfs.

Wilowemoc - 675cfs.

Upper East Branch -322 cfs

Lower East Branch - 1630 cfs.

West Branch - 595 cfs.

Main Stem - 4310 cfs.

This morning all Upper Delaware Rivers except the Upper East Branch and West Branch are running high. All Upper Delaware waters are still colder than their historical average for today's date. The fishing remains slow overall but we have been taking some impressive trout through persistence and targeting the correct places.

Right now all Upper Delaware waters are basically in a holding pattern with not much going on. The last 2 days of winter weather and snow squalls has kept all of our waters in the low 40's.

The good news is that change is coming.

Tomorrow we are forecast for the return of the sun. Both Saturday and Sunday are expected to be warm with sunshine all day long.

The sunshine alone will start warming the waters and at this time that is the necessary catalyst. The insects are hatching in large enough numbers and as soon as the Trout feel some warmth they should start feeding more regularly. I have some openings this weekend if you want to get out for a float trip Give us a call in the shop.

Currently conditions are still good for fising from boat or on foot. For wade anglers the Upper East and Upper West branches have the best wading opportunity at the current flows. These rivers also have the most reliable insect activity at this time.

There are Stoneflies, Midges, Smalle Caddis, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons on the water. None of these are super heavy yet but you can always see some insect life on the waters surface. Hendricksone and Apple Caddis should start to show up soon.


Both the Beaverkill and Willow are very high. Both are cold with some minor turbidity in places. The Willow has more fishable water at this time.

Currently both are best fished with subsurface patterns and it will take some falling water and warm temperatures before any rising activity will become steadypossible.


The Upper East is currently the most wader friendly stretch of water at this time. There are the beginnings of decent Mayfly activity and sporadic rising activity. As soon as water temps. stay in the 50 degree or above range it will be game on in this section.

The streamer fishing is decent but you have to be persistent and work the water. The Trout are still cold. The later portion of the day has been best.

The Lower East is in the same boat as the Beaverkill and WIllow. High water, Turbidity and cold temperatures. At this time the lower east is a lot of water to find a few active fish.


We had 2 boats on the West Yesterday. Both Sam and Zach fished different sections with about the same results. Slow fishing. The West is also cold but the water level is at a nice level for either boats or wade anglers.

The West has some sporadic activity with Caddis, Blue QUills and Quill Gordons. There are risers at times and anglers looking for top water action should seek out the slower protected sections of river.


The Main Stem is still very high and cold. Some tributaries are bringing in varied levels of turbidity at times. There is little wadable water on the Main.

There are some of the same insects on the water but the flows are much too high for any decent surface activity.

For now the best chance for success here will come with streamer flies.

We have some openings this coming weekend and next week for float trips. Currently we are doing a mix of streamer, nymph and dry fly fishing. If you would like to get out give us a call in the fly shop. 607-290-4022.

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