Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers
Another big boy for Kevin Moglia who has been out with guide Matt all week
A great drone shot of Baxter House guides Zachary Anderson and Marty Yi heading out for a extreme high water float last week.
This weekend is looking good! For the first time in a while we are forecast for sunny skies and good weather through the entire weekend.
In addition to the great weather all of our local rivers are falling into good flow ranges for fishermen to access the water. This weekend the Beaverkill and Willowemoc should fish well.
The water will be at good mid to high fishing flows. There have been lots of bugs late in the day. Sulfurs, Isonychia and Cahills. The fish have been eating them pretty good.
Some of our guides have been fishing the Willowemoc over the last few days. They have been walking the smaller water upstream of Livingston Manor. They have had good action fishing the dry dropper method. They have been finding a mix of Browns and Brookies.
Here is a nice little gem caught by Guide Luc Genovesi
The East and West branches are still high and the reservoirs are still spilling over. These rivers are best fished by drift boat but anglers with strong wading skills can find places to fish. The East has more options at this time and the flows are dropping a good amount each day.
Our guides have been on these rivers every day this week. The streamer bite is still strong and the Dry fly action is solid. Our guests have been taking fish on the dry fly just about every float trip. Yesterday I was on the East Branch of the Delaware. We had a solid hatch of larger Sulfurs and Cahills. Fish were on them pretty good from around 5:00 pm until dark. During the initial stages of the feeding most all of the fish rising were juvenile fish. Ten inch Brown Trout were just about everywhere. We did not start to see any mature fish feeding until the sun was totally off the water. Most of the larger fish waited until that exact time where it gets tough to see before feeding steadily.
Guides Matt, Zach and Marty have been hitting the West Branch of the Delaware with most of their guests. The dry fly action here has been much earlier and finding mature fish in the afternoon hours has been reliable. Our guests have taken some impressive fish on smaller Sulfur patterns in the high water.
the photos below are from guides Matt and Marty
The West Branch also has a good streamer bite. Every day our guides have been netting some impressive fish taken on baitfish imitations. Right now smaller bite sized flies are the ticket. Fishing 2 smaller streamers is a great tactic at this time. I like size #2 streamers best during high but clear water conditions. If you are heading our make sure you stop by the shop to check out our custom streamers and dry flies specifically for the Upper Delaware River system.
Below are a few of the custom patterns that I have been using
From this point through autumn I expect good fishing in our region. Barring any heatwaves conditions should remain in the right place for our wild trout to be active and aggressive.
Now is the time to plan a fishing trip!