Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

May 7, 2015

The Upper Delaware rivers continue to fish well at low water conditions. Yesterday on the stretches that our guides fished Hendrickson activity was in high gear. Last night Hendrickson spinners filed the sky. When the spinners came down the action was non stop!

 

Below are some photos from yesterday

 

 

 River Flow Table

 

Beaverkill - 302 cfs.

Wilowemoc - 242cfs.

Upper East Branch -94 cfs

Lower East Branch - 597 cfs.

West Branch -268 cfs.

Main Stem  -1330 cfs.

 

Our fly shop is now open daily. We are fully stocked with the essentials and the best local fly patterns in the area. If you are planning to fish and want to get the scoop on what's happening on all area rivers, stop in. Our guides will be in and around the shop from 8:30 am until they leave for their trips.  You can pick their brains on the latest hatches, techniques and locations. Our staff will be available to you on a daily basis from now through the end of June

 

Yesterday the bugs returned in a very good way. For most of the afternoon Hendricksons and Blue Quills emerged in solid numbers. There were a lot of anglers on the water and most everyone had good action on the surface.

 

This weekend anglers can expect to find unlimited wading access throughout the river system. Anglers should be able to fish both nymphs and dry flies with decent results.

 

There are Stoneflies, Midges, Small Caddis, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons and Hendrickson's on the water. 

 

 Today's Upper Delaware Fly Selection

 

Blue Quill CDC Duns, Quill Gordon Cripples, Hendrickson Knock Down Duns, Hendrickson Cripples, Red Quill Cripples, Elk Over CDC Caddis, X Caddis, Peacock Klinkhammers, Apple Caddis

 

BH Copper Johns, BH Pheasant Tails, Ice Caddis, KT Pupas, BH Stoneflies, Flash Back Pheasant Tails, Cased Caddis

 

Small Zonkers, BH Wooly Buggers , Sculpins, Bottom Wigglers, Muddlers, Small Atriculated Flies

Streamers of 3" or less will be most effective at this time.

 

 

BEAVERKILL AND WILLOWEMOC

 

Both the Beaverkill and Willow are fishing decent under normal spring  conditions. . Both rivers have excellent wading access at this time and there is very little angler pressure on these waters.

 

Hendricksons are emerging well and there is good spinner activity late in the day. Apple Caddis should make their appearance today or tomorrow on the Beaverkill.

 

 Anglers should nymph early and start looking for risers in mid afternoon.

 

 

EAST BRANCH

 

The East is very low through it's entire length. There is good dry fly action with Hendricksons.

Spinners are falling daily. The lower river is now thick with Apple Caddis.

 

 

Fish are getting tough to approach with the very low flows. The East is living up to it's reputation as being a tough dry fly river.

 

WEST BRANCH

 

The West is also very low. The insect activity is very good and this river should be bug soup for the next month. Anglers will easily find rising fish at this time.

 

MAIN STEM

 

With the low water the Main Stem is now handling all of the drift boat anglers over a much reduced area of river. The Upper River is a daily parade of drift boats.  

 

Despite the heavy pressure the fishing is good. The insect life has been incredible over the last 10 days or so. Both the insects and Trout are not fully establishe in a daily routine.

 

Apple Caddis and Hendricksons are on the water in solid numbers.

 

Yesterday our guests were treated to the heaviest spinner fall of the year.

 

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