Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report
Over the last few days the fishing conditions in the Upper Delaware have improved dramatically. The recent overcast and rainy weather combined with cooler air temperatures have everything going our way for a change. We currently have som of the best fishing conditions of the season and we are about to enter July.
At this time every river in the system has good water flows and the correct water temperatures for insects and trout to be active. We are currently able to float about every secction of river in the system. For those of you who enjoy floating the Main Stem Delaware with us conditions are good. I have been on the Main the last few days and there have been excellent hatches and rising Trout about everywhere. On the last 2 floats we fished the dry fly for almost the entire floats with steady action. Over the last few days Isonychia have been emerging heavily and the trout are on them. If you want to get out this week give us a call in the shop - 607-290-4022
Anglers fishing in the coming days will find most of our rivers to be on the high side. There is turbidity that varies from section to section but there is at least a light some turbidity everywhere. This should continue to clear over the next few days. The level of turbidity that is currently in the Main Stem is perfect for rising fish.
River Flow Table
Beaverkill 685 cfs.
Wilowemoc - 420 cfs.
Upper East Branch -314 cfs
Lower East Branch -1450 cfs.
West Branch - 791 cfs.
Main Stem -3250 cfs.
Currently there are Yellow Drakes, Cornuta Olives Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Isonychia, Steno's, Sulfurs, Stoneflies, Caddisflies and more emerging from all Upper Delaware Rivers. There is good spinner activity most nights. Anglers should now target the areas around the faster riffles and pocket water. Most of the insects that are emerging now are fast water dwellers and all of the late day spinner activity will happen in these same areas.
The Sulfurs and Olives are now the Main Staple in the Trout's diet. The larger insects are only on the water at times and rarely in large numbers
Today's Upper Delaware Fly Selection- Cornuta Olives,Olive Knock Down Duns, Sulfur Knock Down Duns, Baxter House Hackle Wing Spinners, Iso Spinner, Hackle WIng Rusty Spinners, Sulfurs,Sulfur Cripples, Elk Over CDC Caddis, X Caddis, Peacock Klinkhammers 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 Articulated Flies, Streamers of 3" or less will be most effective at this time.
The Smallmouth Bass action is now heating up in the Main Stem Delaware. We have been taking some nice Bass recently. Most of the larger bass have come on Woolly Buggers and small Atriculated Sculpin type patterns. We are now booking both full and half day floats for Smallies. The nice smallie took a 4" woolly buggers fished in a slow eddy.
We are now taking reservations for Guided Smallmout Bass and Evening Hatch Trout trips. The Bass trips are full or half day. This year we are also offering evening smallie trips that will focus on taking smallies on the DRY FLY and on POPPERS.
The Trout trips are are still full or half day. Our half day trips are at dawn which is a combo of Streamer and Dry Fly or in the evening which is one of our most popular trips. Our guides have been doing these evening trips for over 15 years. They are experts at choosing the best sections of river on any given day. These trips put you on the water from 5:00pm until dark and offer you the best dry fly action of the day. Give us a call today to book your next fishing adventure at 607-290-4022