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Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers


Yesterday we had 5 boats on the river in various sections. Everybody fished the dry fly all day long! Our guests have had 3 straight days now where dry fly action has dominated the day.

During this first real burst of surface activity our guests are averagin over a dozen fish per day and 20 inchers are being netted at a pretty fast rate.

Yesterday just about every fish on my boat was 18 inches or better.

The hot dry fly action has come at a great time for fly fishermen. In the last 24 hours a lot more of the Upper Delaware has become wadable. There is now good access in the Beaverkill, Willlowemoc, East and West branches.

Here's the scoop on the fishing.

Hendricksons and Hendrickson Spinners are causing the extreme feeding. Blue Quills, Caddisflies and a few March Browns are on the water as well.

The action is from mid day on with the peak of bug time around 3:00 to 5:30 pm. There have been risers right until dark every day.

The best patterns for my guests have been CDC Knock Down Duns and Spinners. Yesterday we had one rod rigged with each and we got about every fish we set up on to eat. Comparaduns and Traditional Dry Flies are also a good choice especially if you find some risers in faster water.

With the lower water anglers will have some options during the brief non-hatch period. At this time both Streamers and nymph rigs will take some fish. We are still getting our biggest fish on Streamers. Food Sized bait fish 4" or less have been best. Olive / White, Black / White, Gray / White and the darker single colors are best With the warmer water you need to strip the flies super fast and erratically to entice the feeding instinct

We have a few openings in the coming days if you want to get in on the hot action. Give us a call today at 607-290-4022

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