Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers

May 23, 2017

 Yesterday's rainfall had no effect on our local river. Over the last 24 hours our river have continued to slowly drop in flow rate.

 

The overcast skies and light rainfall did however contribute to the best emergence of March Browns to date. The Main Stem and the Beaverkill had quite a bit of action with these large insects. The lower East had a sharp increase but the fish welcomed them with only lackluster feeding.

 

This March Brown action is sure to get better daily and we can expect to see lerger spinner flights by weeks end. This is a yearly highlight as these huge spinners come back in mass right at dark. It does not take long for the trout to recognize the quality of this food source.

 

Yesterday guide Zach was on the East Branch again. He had Joe C. rigged to blind cast Big March Browns and the action was steady enough to stick with it for the day. They put together a good catch including the 20 incher in the photo above. For the remainder of the spring season prospecting the riffle water will produce action.

 

The nymph action is also improving in leaps and bounds. The water is finally at a level where we can get the flies to the fish. On my float yesterday we did not nymph much but when we did we got the rod bending.

 

At tis time the Tailwaters are due for a minor slow down as a between hatch period occurs. This is always quicker on tailwaters and at no point will it become void of rising fish like the freestones witnessed last week.

 

Overall the best action of the season and the big bugs are ahead of us and the water levels are great. Now is a perfect time to get out on the water and enjoy the Upper Delaware.

 

For float trips call us at 607-290-4022

If you are heading up to fish our rivers. Stop By our Fly Shop. We have the best fly patterns for these rivers and our guide staff is here to help you plan your day. If you want to pick our guides minds they are here early each day. Currently our guide trips are starting at noon time.

 

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