Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers


We have pretty good fishing conditions for the middle of August. Our recent weather trend has been cooler with most days in the mid 70's. Regular rainfall and overcast skies have also been a factor in keeping our rivers in good condition. This morning there is light rain falling and the forecast is calling for heavier rainfall throughout the day. There is a chance for up to 3/4" of precipitation.

At the current time the best places to fish for Trout remains the Tailwaters. The East and West Branches have the reservoir releases and they are cold. Our freestone rivers remain in a sensitive temperature zone. Most days they are in the upper 60's by mid day and some areas are reaching 70 degrees. It is best to fish early on these waters and target the cooler waters upstream. It is the lower reaches of these rivers where the water is the warmest.

Overall however the fishing is very good if you target the correct water. At this time Baxter House guides are fishing for Trout on the East and West Branches of the Delaware only. We are fishing the other rivers but at this time we are targeting Smallmout Bass. We are currrently fishing most of our Bass trips on the lower Main Stem Delaware.