Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

May 23, 2016

 

PRIME TIME ACTION!

 

Over the next 3 weeks the Upper Delaware River system will be in the Prime Time for Dry Fly action. This time period will bring us the hatches of the Biggest insects of the year and their respective spinner activity.

 

By the end of this week the Green Drakes should become a fishable Hatch.

 

Anglers planning to fish this week will find all of our rivers trending to the low side. Wading opportunity is excellent. The colder than normal weather has all of our rivers in an excellent temperature range for both insects and the Trout.

 

Over the last few days the rivers have been pumping out the bugs especially late in the day. Our guided trips have been excellent and our guests have been taking some beautiful trout. I have however heard mixed reports from wade anglers around town.

 

Anglers should be aware that there are two current trends that will effect the fishing at this time. First is the fact that the next few weeks are always the highest pressure weeks of the year. Wild animals feel pressure quickly and move away from it. Our guides watch people and target the areas that most anglers avoid.

 

Second is the fact that the current insects that are active all share the fact that they migrate to the shallows or rocky areas prior to hatching and many climb out on land or rocks during their actual emergence. These are the exact places where we fish and the exact places most other anglers stand. The trout have already made a major shift from the deeper pools and runs to the shallow riffles. 

 

In the days ahead anglers can expect continued March Brown and Sulfur activity. The sulfurs are the most abundant insect on the water at this time. The fish are lack luster about feeding on these insects for a variety of reasons and anglers should stick with the larger insects unless they observe a trout which is clearly eating them. Don't assume because you see sulfurs that the trout are eating them.

 

There are currently March Browns, Stoneflies, Caddisflies,Olives,Drakes, Brown Drakes and Isonychia on the water. These darker colored insects will always draw the attention of the trout before the lighter colored insects. IN the areas where the Iso's are active the trout are looking for them.

 

Our guides have shifted over this week to fishing our Stimulator dropper rigs. Every year when the trout move to the shallows our guests look forward to this type of fishing. Having the big dry fly followed up by a pair of nymphs is simply the most effective way to fish fast water that is 18" or less in depth.


Take a good look at the water in the photo below. This is where the fish are in the freestones at this time.

Anglers who are looking to get out for some fishing should give us a call at this time. We still have some openings in the prime time to put you on the water and fish the larger insects.

 

If you are planning to fish in the near future don't forget to stop by the shop in the mornings. Our guides are here until about 11:45 every day.  These are the guys that can give you the most accurate info on the sections of river you plan to fish!.

 

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