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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report


The DRY FLY action is on!

In the Upper Delaware River System you can find good fishing just about every day if you are persistent. Every year there are always a few days that really really stand out as exceptional and yesterday will probably be one of those days that stand out in 2016.

The sheer amount of insects that poured from the water yesterday was astounding. On the section of water that I floated there were pools that were totally covered with clumps of Mayfly Duns that were knocked down and crippled from the strong winds.

What really made yesterday special was that it was the first day of this season where you could say that every fish in the river was up and feeding on the surface. This included lots of huge brown trout that were gorging themselves on the masses of crippled mayflies.

The insects yesterday were mixed but Quill Gordons were the most abundant. It could have been the most of this species that I have ever seen hatch at one time.

During yesterday's mega hatch there were trout feeding from noon until dark.

Baxter House had 2 boats on this section of water and the photos are a combination of both boats action.

If you plan on fishing in the coming days you can now take good Trout on Dries, Nympsh and Streamers. At the current flow rate anglers can also find good foot access to about everywhere except some areas of the Main Stem. Drift boat anglers have lots of options.

This week Blue Quills, Quill Gordon's and Hendrickson's should be the key items on the Trouts menu. Anglers should make sure that they have several different patterns of each to cover the different river sections that these insects are found.

Anglers should also remember that the early spring is also one of the best times to coax up a Monster Brown Trout on Streamer Flies. Anglers should target the areas with heavy structure like cut banks, sweeper trees and rock piles. These places are best when they occur in or around deep slow water. Anglers will also find the larger fish to be more likely to strike near teh edges of darkness and on overcast gray days.

We have a few openings this week for float trips if you want to get out. Give the shop a call today to talk fishing 607-290-4022

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