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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report

Lots of changes in the Upper Delaware to start the new week. First the most noticeable. Both the East and West Branches have greatly reduced flows from last week. The bottom releases have been cut back and the spillover is very light. Both should continue to drop throughout the day today. All area waters remain cold at this time.As we reported a few days ago the dry fly action is picking up. Blue Quills and Quill Gordons are on the water along with stoneflies and caddisflies. The sustained surface activity that I have seen has been associated with the Blue Quill and Quill Gordon activity. At this time our guide staff has seen these insects and observed varying levels of feeding on all area rivers except the Beamoc Waters.ith the Lower flows anglers have more options. Right now our guides are fishing Dry, Nymphs and Streamers. Over the weekend our guests have had success on all of these methods.

This weekend we also put our first trips of the Season on the Main Stem. The flows are still real high but we had some success. The bugs are there and the Trout have some places where they can feed. Yesterday we threw streamers for much of the day on the Main to tally a couple of Browns. The big action on yesterday's Main Stem floats was the Smallmouth Bass action. These fish must be showing Pre Spawn aggression or something. We had non stop actionwith these great gamefish and over the float we easily had 20+ smallies in the net all of which were above average size for the Delaware. At least half were 16" to 18" in length and none were below 14". This was a welcome surprise as the winds made dry fly casting difficult and the smallies gave us constant action.

This week looks like steady spring weather with daytime highs in the 50's. There is some rainfall forecast for later in the week. With this forecast should be good for Trout fishing.

If you want to get out we have some openings this week. Just give us a call in the shop. 607-348-7497

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