Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers


This past weekend was full of action for our guests. Our guides were once again split pretty evenly between Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishing. Overall our trips were great and all of our guests had solid fishing.

We had boats and guests on both the East, West and Main Delaware for Trout. We also had several trips on the Main Delaware targeting Smallmouth Bass. With the cooler weather and mix of sunny and overcast conditions the fish and insects were very active.

First the Trout

The steady supply of thunderstorms recently has kept certain stretches of the river running with turbidity. This has been in every local river. Our guests have had periods of exciting action with streamers. There have been a lot of trout on both the East and West branches that are more than willing to chase streamers pretty hard. The trick has been turning the chasers into takers. To accomplish this we have been fishing mostly smaller patterns. Buggers, Urchin Buggers, EP Baitfish and 4" or smaller articulated patterns. These smaller offerings have been the best at sealing the deal.

The cooler weather and cooler water has been great for the hatches and the overall activity of the trout. On my trips there were plenty of targets as trout have been feeding steadily to a mix of insects. I have been out both early and late recently and there is action. There is a huge amount of Trico's emerging every morning. As long as the water is slow enough for the trout to feed efficiently they have been on them. Yesterday we had a few nice pods of mature Rainbows feeding steadily on these tiny duns. We also had very good nymph fishing during the AM portion of the day.

The evening rise has been better simply because the insects are more widespread and varied. There are olives, sulfurs, isonychia, cahills, midg