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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report


March Browns are on the water!

The hatches are progressing quickly this year. Over the weekend March Browns began hatching from Main Stem Delaware waters. This activity was not real heavy nor was it widespread but there were enough numbers that the Trout were taking them.

The other news over the last few days is that the Wild Rainbows are starting to get active. Every year the April activity is always dominated by Brown Trout and the Bows are scarce. As has been the case with the hatches the Rainbows are becoming active a bit earlier than normal.

The last few trips are finally bringing us Nymph action in just about every riffle and there are finally a few big Rainbows feeding on the surface. The appearance of the Bigger March Browns are sure to keep the Rainbows interested and within a few days just about every fish in the river will be participating in the feast that that will occur over the next 6 weeks or so.

Over the last few days our guests have been getting it done despite the heavy winds. We have been mixing it up between Nymphs, Streamers and Dry Flies.

Below are a few shots from this weekends action with our guided trips.

Over the next few days anglers can expect to see the big bug activity improve.

Later today and tomorrow we are expecting rainfall. There are varying forecast but it could bring us between a tenth of an inch up to 1 inch. I will keep everyone posted if the rivers rise.

Anglers have a lot of options over the coming days There are still Hendricksons and Early season mayflies on the Tailwaters. These insects will still linger on the East and West branches for some time. Their spinners will make for reliable activity nightly.

The action on the Freestones will be somewhat sporadic in the coming days. Anglers need to be persistent in looking for the best stretches of water. The Trout will be involved in a major change in the coming days. After a long winter of holding and feeding in the deep slow water the next few weeks are moving time. AS the hatches switch to insects that inhabit the riffles and pocket water the Trout will spread out and start to use all of the river.

As the fish spread out the Nymph fishing will pick up steadily. Anglers will also be able to start prospecting the riffles with larger dry flies.

If you plan on getting out this week you should have the usual generic BH nymphs such as pheasant tails, Prince and Hares Ear. Our custom patterns like the Ice Pupa, BH Soft Hackles, and wired nymphs are killing it.

The Dry Fly selection at this time should be pretty big. Once we get to this portion of teh season the possibilities are broad regarding what you may encounter. A few thing that are must have are - Knock Down Duns, Spent WIng Caddisflies and Hackle WIng Spinners. These will get it done in most circumstance. We have plenty of our custom ties in stock so stop by before heading to the river.

Our guides have some prime time openings available in May and June. Give us a call today to plan your next trip. 607-290-4022

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