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Fly Fishing Report for the Upper Delaware and Catskill Rivers

Weekend Outlook

Surprise, More Rain Yesterday. It looks like the autumn of 2018 is going to be remembered as a high water event. Great for anglers who fish from drift boats and challenging for those who wade.

Autumn is in the air here. The mountains are starting to show some beautiful colors and leaves have been falling. Our local trout are active and there are plenty of insects emerging to bring the fish to the surface. This is great news for anyone with a drift boat.

The big question for wade anglers is when will the rain take a long enough break for the river flows to drop to fish-able levels. At the current flow rates there is some opportunity. This weekend the Willoemoc, Beaverkill and Upper East branch have some high water wading opportunity. The best access is in the slower pools and more specifically in the tail outs of these pools. The good news is that this is the exact place that the Trout are feeding the best. Most all of the surface feeding is now in the lower sections of the slowest pools.

If you fish from drift boats the fishing is very good. Every day recently has offered plenty of opportunity with both streamer flies and dry flies. The last few days my guests have been killing it. We have been running the numbers up with juvenile Brown and Rainbow trout. Every day we have also been getting lots of opportunity with fish in the 16" to 18" range. Yesterday and the day before we had over a half dozen of these larger fish each day.

Below are some recent shots of our guests