Guide Matt with a nice autumn brown.
Air temps are going to be oddly warm for this time of year throughout the weekend and early week. Which should give anglers opportunities to get out and get solid fishing time in before the cold moves back in. The river conditions have not changed significantly over the course of the last week. Bug activity has also not had any significant changes. With the west branch still flowing at 1100 at hale eddy, the conditions of the west and main still remain the same. The east is still flowing at a low flow.
Most of our clients and staff have been having consistent success on nymphs and streamers. Bug activity on the top consists mostly of small olives, midges and sparse caddis hatches.
Some browns are showing their beautiful fall colors and are in spawning mode. Keep in mind that the fish in the system are noticing the change in the season and are preparing for what's ahead. The rainbows appear to be getting thicker and more aggressive than usual.
If you are nymphing try using small #18-22 flies in shallow water (8-18 inches). Also try pocket waters and seams where fish can feed with using the least amount of energy. Streamer fishing continues the be best early morning and into the evening. Guide Matt has had success using olive and darker colored streamers. If you are looking to dry fly fish, olive knock downs and cripples and small midge patterns are effective. As stated in the last report, the spinner falls can be unpredictable. Matt and I saw a decent spinner fall on the east at around 330pm.
Just another reminder that some parts of the system have closed. The East Branch above the Shinhopple Bridge is now closed for the season. The West Branch portion that is completely in NY state is also closed now. The remainder of our waters, which is the majority of river miles, remain open.
WIth the current warm weather Baxter House guides expect to offer float trips in the Delaware System for at least another month. Give us a call today to plan another trip before the snow flies. 607-290-4022
We are also booking Salmon, Steelhead and Trophy Brown Trout on the Lake Ontarion tributaries with guide Zach and Matt.
Ken is currently taking bookings for flats and back country fishing on FLorida's West Coast. Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout!