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Fly Fishing Report for Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers

all of the photos in today's report were taken on our rubber leg stimulator patterns.

Big Bugs and Big Trout

The very good fly fishing action continues on all of our Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers. At this time wade fishermen have unlimited access to all sections of our beautiful rivers. With the current trend of cooler weather our waters are in a perfect temperature range for both insects and Trout. At this time the Wild Trout that reside in our local waters are active and aggressive.

The big bug news over the last 2 days is the swarms of giant Golden Stoneflies. These big bugs have been pouring out of the freestone rivers. The best action is on the Main Stem, Lower East and Beaverkill. The trout on these waters have been pounding these bugs whenever they are in the drift. Over the last 2 days my guests have fished the Stimulator from start to finish. The with steady action. Now is the time to fish the Stimmie straight up or rig it with a pair of dropper flies. Anglers who fish with us know that our guides love to fish the stimulator with a small bead head and ice pupa trailing. This approach has kept a steady bend in our rods for the last 2 days.

In addition to the Stoneflies, Drakes, March Browns, Isonychias, Sulfurs, Caddisflies and more can be found on the water. The late day is bringing heavy spinner action. This action is very heavy now with mixed species of insect involved every day. Now is the time to stop in for our large hackle spinners.

A lot of anglers find the current mix of insects to be confusing. My advice is to stay big on the freestones and go right to spinners on the tailwaters. Anglers might also notice periods of heavy sulfur activity that results in no risers anywhere. This is normal and in the Upper Delaware the sulfurs are a last resort. The fish really only eat them steady at the point of the season when they are the only option. The best approach is to fish a giant March Brown or Drake between the emerging sulfurs. This approach is paying off big for our guests.

The best times to fish right now are early day and late day. There have been drakes on the water at both times along with big spinners.

If you would like to get in on the action give us a call for a guided trip. Our guides are locked in on the areas with the best action. 607-290-4022

We are also taking advance bookings for smalmmouth bass fishing this summer, Evening dry fly float trips and Mouse fishing trips. Give us a call today.

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