Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers

Our guides are now back to being on the river every day. With the current high water conditions we are working the non hatch periods hard with streamer flies. We are also timing the floats to be in areas of slow water when the bugs appear each afternoon. This approach is getting our guests some nice fish but neither the dry fly nor streamer fishing is hot yet. Right now you have to work for your opportunities.

The photo is from Guide Chris during the One Bug Tournament

The action is about to change as 70 degree weather is forecast for mid week. The Trout's metabolism will rise right along with the water temps. The warmer weather should also coincide with the river flows dropping into more fishable ranges. Overall things are looking good for some big action with Quill Gordons and Hendricksons next weekend.

This week most of the risers we have found have been pretty easy to approach and fool. There have been a few fish that were showing some selectivity but a quick change to the smaller blue quills got the job done. Right now anglers should have Blue Quills, Quill Gordons and Hendricksons in their boxes. My number one go to fly is the knock down dun. The early season hatches have a high mortality rate and big numbers of cripples. The CDC Knock Down Dun is a dead ringer for these defective insects. Hackle Wing cripples, spinners and parachute duns are also good choices as they sit low in the water and give the illusion of being vulnerable.

This week the bugs have been getting going around 2:00 pm with Blue Qui