Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report
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. Yesterday the hot action happened very ;ate due to the full sun and high air temperatures. If we do not get some rain soon the insect activity will start shifting to just before and after dark. At this time it is important to stay on the water until darkness.
Below are some photos from yesterday
River Flow Table
Beaverkill - 284 cfs.
Wilowemoc - 198cfs.
Upper East Branch -88 cfs
Lower East Branch - 558 cfs.
West Branch -249 cfs.
Main Stem -1270 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
Currently there are Hendrickson's emerging from all Upper Delaware Rivers. There is good spinner activity every night. Blue Quills, Apple Caddis, Stoneflies and some March Browns are also on the water at times.
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, March Brown Duns, March Brown Cripples
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. At this time the Beaverkill and WIlloemoc are the only rivers in the system that are at very nice fishing levels. The current flow rates are where these rivers fish best.
Hendricksons are emerging well and there is good spinner activity late in the day. Apple Caddis are on the lower Beaverkill in good numbers.
Anglers should nymph early and start looking for risers in mid afternoon.
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.
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.
Angler activity will also be at it's peak over the next month and with the greatly reduced amount of water the Trout are in for a beating. This river really needs some rainfall or an increased release from Cannonsville.
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 especially on the Buckingham stretch.
Currently the Main has about the same water conditions as you would see in mid August. Anglers fishing the lower river should be aware of the water temperatures especially late in the day. This morning most of the lower river is starting the day at 62 degrees.
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 now fully established in their daily routines.
Apple Caddis and Hendricksons are on the water in solid numbers. Yesterday our guests were treated to the heaviest spinner fall of the year.