Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report
Over the last few days we finally had some rainfall that moved the Stream gauges. The additional water combined with very cool night time temperatures has made for some good fishing conditions. Over the next few days we are forecast for overnight air temperatures to drop into the 30's.
The colder weather will make for some great conditions.
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 - 211 cfs.
Wilowemoc - 139 cfs.
Upper East Branch -151 cfs
Lower East Branch - 511 cfs.
West Branch - 271 cfs.
Main Stem -1150 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 fishing well. Both got a nice boost in flow from the recent 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.
This is one of my favorite times to fish these waters. The insect hatches are now transitioning to species that thrive in the faster riffles and pocket water. The Beamoc waters are perfect for these insects! Over the next 4 weeks anglers should have no problem finding active insects and Trout.