Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers.

August 22, 2018

 

High Water Conditions Continue

 

The high water conditions continue everywhere around the system.  Fishing is good if you are fishing from a drift boat. Fishing is improving for wading anglers.

 

First the Drift Boat report. The Streamer Bite remains hot. High water, great water temps and aggressive trout. It doesn't get better.

 

All of our recent trips have yielded lots of action and the photos of big fish continue. Yesterday Guide Zach, Marty and Matt all floated the West Branch of the Delaware. All had steady action with an assortment of Streamer flies. Some dry fly activity was possible if you targeted the dead spots in the river. The East is also in great shape and producing similar results. 

 

All of the photos below are from Marty and Matt's trips yesterday. Lots of smiles!

 

 

 

 The Beaverkill and Willowemoc are now back into a flow range where wade anglers can get their feet wet. It is still high so wade safely.

 

Streamers, Nymphs and Dry Flies are taking fish in these rivers. The key right now is to move around and target the soft spots, (dead Spots), seams and pool tailouts. This where the fish are holding.

 

You can't beat the Bugger in these conditions. Bead Head Buggers in the usual colors are taking fish. They have been hunkered down for a while so they are hungry. They are also a little pissed off from the consistent high water. Hunger and anger both work for us streamer fishermen.

 

If you are patient you can work the edges with nymphs but access to the best spots is limited.

Yesterday risers were fairy plentiful if you hunted for them. This action was best late in the day. Now is a great time to tie on a Big Isonychia and work the edges of the slow water.

 

The high water here and lousy weather just about everywhere has left the Upper Delaware void of anglers for a while. Our guides have some openings in the coming days if you want to chase some big Brownies. I personally have Friday and Monday open.

 

Give us a call today to book a float. 607-290-4022

 

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