Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

May 18, 2015

MONDAY

 

Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

 

Over the last few days we finally had some rainfall that moved the Stream gauges.  Theere is more rainfall forecast for tonight which will further benefit the river system if it occurs.

 

The Upper Delaware rivers are now fishing well with low to mid water conditions. The insect hatches are reliable and the trout are feeding well especially towards dark.  March Browns and Sulfurs are emerging well where I have been fishing. There is a much bigger mix of insects on the other rivers in the system. Depending on where you are you may still find Hendricksons and Blue Quills, Caddisflies, Stoneflies, Olives and More. There are also spinner flights most nights.

 

Yesterday we saw a few Green Drakes again. These huge insects will be making their way up river over the next few weeks.

 

Right now the nymph action is very good. Our guests have been taking good fish on dries but they have been running the numbers up on nymphs.

 

Right now a nymph rig with 3 flies fished under a float is deadly. Over the last few days I have been setting up my rigs as follows. A BH March Brown followed by a smaller BH pheasant tail or bh soft hackle followed by either an Ice Pupa or Pheasant tail. The last flie should be a #16 or #18 at this time. All of these flies are tied in line and fished abour 2.5 to 3 feet below the indicator. At this time you want your flies suspended in the water column not on the bottom.

 

 

River Flow Table

 

Beaverkill - 239 cfs.

Wilowemoc - 160cfs.

Upper East Branch -159 cfs

Lower East Branch - 574 cfs.

West Branch - 392  cfs.

Main Stem  -1660 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 March Browns, Sulfurs,  Hendrickson's, Stoneflies, Caddisflies and more emerging from all Upper Delaware Rivers. There is good spinner activity every night. 

 

 Today's Upper Delaware Fly Selection

 

March Browns, Sulfurs, 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 fishingwell. Both got a nice boost in flow from yesterdays rainfall . 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 a good choice.

 

March Browns are starting to show up in places and a few sulfurs should be about late in the day. At this time a rusty spinner is a great choice for any fussy fish.

 

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

 

The nymphing is excellent.

 

 

EAST BRANCH

 

The East is in much better condition today. The rainfall was really needed on this river. Today anglers should have nice nice fishing.

 

The Upper East still has some Hendrickson / Blue QUill Activity. There are also caddisflies and March Browns. There should be some Green Drake activity in the very near future.

 

The Lower East is now looking good for at least the next few days. The lower east should fish well as it is great habitat for March Browns.

 

WEST BRANCH

 

The West is at a decent flow today.  There is a 266 cfs. release  from Cannonsville. This release will keep most of the West ice cold.

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.

 

As is always the case there is a lot of green algae in the drift on the West. It is easy to deal with when fishing dry flies but very problematic when going subsurface.

 

Hendrickson's are still on the water here especially in the upper section. There are also  Caddisflies, March Browns and soon the sulfurs will establish as a major hatch.

 

MAIN STEM

 

The Main Stem got a nice boost of water and is now at a good fishing flow.  The fishing was pretty good yesterday on the section where our guides floated.  At this time you can pick at the fish with dry flies during the day. The last hour before dark has been excellent and just after dark has been a feeding frenzy in many places. This type of activity will now become the norm especially on bright sunny days. The only exception will be on cloudy and rainy days which should produce surface activity throughout the day.

 

The nymph action on the Main Stem is excenllent at this time

 

 The Upper River will continue to be a daily parade of drift boats especially on the Buckingham stretch. This should continue through mid June.

 

March Browns, Sulfurs and Olives are on the water in solid numbers. I have also seen a few Green Drakes, Hexagenia and Isonychia which are a bit early. These only emerged in small sections and are most likely the result of the extreme heat wave we had last week.

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