Heavy Rain in the Upper Delaware!
Yesterday we had some heavy rainfall in the Upper Delaware region. This was the first real soaker in a long time.
This morning all area rivers except the Upper East branch are running high and turbid. These conditions should be with us for most of today but I expect the water to drop very quickly. By tomorrow all of our rivers should be back to clear water conditions.
The rainfall and the total cloud cover yesterday helped to drop water temperatures throughout the river system.
This morning all of our local rivers have water temperatures that are within the range for good trout fishing. Most of our freestone rivers have water temps this morning around 60 degrees. With the higher volume of water and the cooler weather forecast this week should offer some real good opportunity for us fly fishermen.
Short term the streamer bite should be very good. Yesterday we switched to streamers as soon as the rain got heavy. The action was instant and remained good throughout the afternoon. All of our guides reported lots of action on streamers and some big Trout coming to net. We are lacking photos of yesterdays action simply because nobody wanted their cameras out in the downpour we fished through.
The current higher water is also well timed as there are some great hatches that are about to occur. In the coming days Cornuta Olives, Invaria Sulfurs and Isonychia should all establish as reliable hatches. I have been seeing the beginning stages of these hatches and expect them to provide good match the hatch fishing within a week or so.
Our guides have some openings this week and next for both streamer and dry fly fishing. I have guide Rich Hudgens available tomorrow and Wednesday due to a last minute schedule change. If you would like to get out in the next week or so give us a call today at 607-290-4022
My top choices fro the next few days are as follows-
On foot - The Upper East, Beaverkill and Willowemoc. These are the best for walk wading and the hatches are decent. There should be excellent action while the light turbidity remain with streamers and buggers. At the current flow rates you will have the best action with streamers in the 4" or smaller range. Black and Olive are top producers in the current conditions.
Drift boat anglers have a lot of options today after a long stretch of being confined to just the West Branch and Upper Main Stem. Anglers floating should pick away with streamers before finding good action on the Dry Fly late in the day . Now is the time to tie on a big Isonychia and cover the water. Blind fishing has been pretty good for our guests over the past few days.