Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report
Happy Independence Day!
So far the Holiday weekend has brought our guests excellent fishing. Most major Holidays bring a big increase in visitors to the region but not fly fishermen. Over the last few days the rivers have been virtually empty of drift boats and anglers. Most all of the river traffic has been with canoes and kayaks and they have minimal impact on the Trouts daily routine.
Over the last 2 days our guests have had non stop action with both nymphs and dry flies.
The nymph action has been steady. Most every riffle is producing a fish or two. We have been getting a nice mix of Browns and Bows with most of the nymph fishing falling into the 12" to 15" size range. Below is one of many from my float yesterday.
The dry fly action has also been very good especially late day. There are a lot of Isonychia and Cahills about towards dark and the Trout are crushing the larger insects whenever they are available.
The Best action for trout is still in the Upper East Branch, West Branch and Upper Main Stem. Anglers should have Blue WIng Olives, Sulfurs, Isonychia, Cahills, Spinners, Terrestrials and Midges. Our Knockdown and Cripple patterns are still the best option for steady success.
Below the surface I have been rigging with my Ice Caddis Patterns, Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, Sunken Emergers. The Trout have been taking the smaller sizes of these patterns. #16 and #18 flies are taking the most fish at this time.
This week our guide work starts to slow down a bit. Now is a perfect time to book a float trips and see the Upper Delaware with very light angling pressure. This is also the perfect time to get some one on one time with our staff. An evening float is the perfect time to work on your casting and dry fly fishing techniques.
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