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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report


All Upper Delaware Rivers are high and cold at this time.

Right now we are having about the best fishing of the season! I have been out every day and recently the action has been pretty fast and furious.

Yesterday was another incredible day of streamer fishing. Baxter House had several boats on the water and it was non stop action. Below are a few photos from my boat. We had lots of action and we put some 18" to with larger Brown Trout up to 20"

We have several opening for float trips this weekend and next week. Give us a call today at 607-290-4022

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Over the last week my guests have had some of the most frenzied dry fly fishing of the year. Isonychia have been pouring from the rivers and the dry fly action has been lasting alomost all day. Over this time period we have put some real big trout in the net! As soon as the water drops a bit this hot dry fly action should pick back up.

The coming day are going to offer excellent hunting for huge Brown Trout with streamer in addition to the dry fly action.

I have several openings this week if you want to get out. I have tomorrow open and both Saturday and Sunday. Call the shop if you want to take a day

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 929 cfs.

Wilowemoc - 605cfs.

Upper East Branch -1590 cfs

Lower East Branch -2930 cfs.

West Branch - 2950 cfs.

Main Stem -8780 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

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