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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report


A Wild Rainbow from the Main Delaware taken yesterday

Over the last few days the Trout fishing has really turned around. Over the Holiday Weekend our guests got in on some incredible action. On several of our trips we really ran the numbers up. The best action is on nymphs. Our guests have been hooking up double digit numbers on every trip with our nymph rigs. There are also hatches in some places that are coming on strong. We had great insect activity this weekend with both Isonychia and White Flies. There are some areas where Isonychia have been emerging steadily throughout the afternoon hours. This activity is not consistent yet over a wide area of the river. It can be best described as pockets of activity. On Saturday we anchored in one riffle where the fish were blasting Iso's everywhere for about an hour before it died out. I have also been able to find similar action just about every night right before dark..

The big reason for the change is the increased releases and the cooler nights. These factors combined with the shortening days are a signal to the trout that they need to feed.

Yesterday the release from Cannonsville reservoir was increased to 1041 CFS. This is the second substantial release increase in the last week. This morning the release is at 1120 cfs. another increase.

These increases are releases to keep the Montague NJ gauge at the proper flow target of 1750 cfs..

As long as there is no substantial rainfall in the Delaware drainage or releases from Lake Walenpaupack we can expect to see the releases stay in effect. We can also expect to see the increases fluctuate to maintain the flow target downstream.

Now is a great time to plan a trip to fish the Delaware! The next 2 months will be some of the best action of the year.

Over the weekend we had trips out for both trout and smallmouth bass. The action was incredible for both species and we were even able to fish for both species on some sections. Below is a nice smallie that I took during a moment where i had the rod in my hands.

This smallie measured just over 17" This fish went absolutely nuts once hooked and jumped a half dozen times before coming to net.

We will continue to offer Smallmouth Bass trips for a few more weeks before switching back to Trout only.

Give us a call today to plan your next Upper Delaware Adventure 607-290-4022

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