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July 29, Update
Right now most - except only the coldest of cold - trout streams
are getting too warm for worth while fishing. And here is SE
PA we do not have many COLD trout streams. Even waters like
the Pohopoco - which always runs on the cold side is warming.
What we have is a depletion of the the cold water as a result
of the high releases from the flood a few weeks ago, and now
combine that with high air temps. You know something funny about
the Po, according the Army Corps Phila District, in the past
they've had people complain to them the water is too cold! Can
you believe that?! It is trout water - it should be cold! Unreal!!!
So with that being said, now is a good time to
maybe try out some of our fine warm water fisheries. The Schuylkill
at this time of year can provide some really nice action on
the fly - not to mention the Susquehanna. So far this year reports
from the 'Hanna have been few and far between.
***Special note...it has
been about a week - and FFPA is still alive and kicking - the
West Branch of the D and its bacteria laden flows have not put
us down for the count.
Penns Creek trib dumping some serious water.
If we get a few more storms like this - the trout will have
fared very well this summer.
24, Upper D Post Flood Recon - WBtoBuck
West Branch and Main Stem of the D post Flood. For the WB -
the flows were the highest recorded EVER - since the dam was
built. Our plan was to toss some streamers with hopes of possibly
some evening dry fly action on the main in the low-light hours.
Yeah right!! !That never happened as we saw about six mayflies
the entire evening. Isos and Sulphurs. Thankfully...subsurface
streamer action was not bad - more so on the WB than the MS.
The lower WB produced a flurry of hits and hookups. The guys
working the rods just could not keep the quarry hooked. The
one nice size trout we saw went about 16". Smaller fish
are still around, if anyone was concerned....right off the get-go
we moved one 12" brown. The WB has a lot of debris. The
river has also shifted in certain locations. A very heavy rainstorm
before we floated made the WB immediately below the tribs somewhat
stained. East Branch and MS ran clear.
One of the nicer size smallies taken just downstream from
The MS was pretty slow for the most part. The run took us to
Buckingham. Water temps were well within the range for action
trout - not getting above 67F. Junction pool produced a nice
fish we never saw. For the most part smallies were the name
of the game - hooked a walleye as well. Lost again by the angler.
Appearance wise...the MS looked no worse for wear for the most
part with the banks in decent shape. What you do notice is all
the gravel, which has washed down from the little tribs. We
are talking truckloads worth of wash in a few locations along
where Rt 191 borders the river. Just about every riffle is pretty
much made up of bright colored rocks. The braided section below
Bard-Parker has changed. The eagles though that live at the
end of the island seemed none-to-effected. In fact they were
hunting and eating quite well - at the expense of a sucker.
As has been the case for multiple trips to the Upper D System
marabou clouser has produced. It just flat out works!!!
Pic of a trib on the NY side of the West Branch dumping
big time mud after a brief deluge. Flood remnants can be seen as well.
July 22, Update
As small streams go the Pohopoco has a lot going for it. Its
got bugs, a consistant supply of coldwater, a result of the
bottom-release from Beltzville, you can almost always count
on feisty, colorful trout - even in the meat of summer. This
past week while in the area of the Po I decided to check it
out and see if the usually consistant late-afternoon sulphur
hatch was happening. As I waited it did not take long to realize
the hatch was not going to materialize. It became quite clear
the bug life has taken a bit of a hit as a result of the high
releases from Beltzville. What a shame, but this can occur from
time to time, and is not unheard of. We will just have to wait
and see how the Po recovers.
This weekend brings the Upper D and maybe even a Penns outing.
Look for a report once we get into next week. Get out if you
can. For late July, we've decent conditions for a lo-light.
Pictured above is the Pohopoco upstream near the dam.
In this pic the flow/release is about 150cfs.
One of the many brookies landed throughout the day.
July 16, Brookies!
We are blessed here in PA with quite a bit of brookie water.
Here is the recent brookie report I gave some buds of mine...short
and to the point!!
Drive-in. Bike-in. Hike-in. Then bush-whack down and in.
You needed one leg shorter then the other! 58 degree water.
Tropical downpouns. Cold breezes and intense sun! Native brookies.
Endless cascades. Hike-out. Bike-out. Sick amounts of brookies.
They just slurped in the flies. Crazy. Super lazy. You could
see them drift over from the cover. This stream pretty much
flows off a cliff and we fished it up that cliff. Two weeks
ago with the flooding rains this stream must have been at epic
flows. Seems the fish are fine...like nothing happened. Chart
humpys, bivisuals, wulffs, adams. 3x tippet. 7-8' rods. Lots
of fly drying needed!
Great flows, and unreal scenery. You never know
what is around the next bend.
July 9, Quick Update
It is interesting to note the Hale Eddy gage on the West Branch
of the Delaware set its second highest crest ever. It actually
blew away all crests recorded since the dam was built. Take
a look at the list to the right...notice all the dates are prior
to the 1960's which is when Cannonsville went into service.
The closest post Cannonsville crest to make the list, was in
April of 2005, when the river went to about 14.5'. This year
it went to 19'!!!!! Unreal!!!!!
Hale Eddy, NY
West Branch Delaware
All Time Crests
(1) 20.30 ft on 1903/10/10
(2) 15.80 ft on 1924/09/30
(3) 15.70 ft on 1948/03/22
(4) 15.60 ft on 1938/09/22
(5) 15.30 ft on 1913/03/27
(6) 15.24 ft on 1939/02/16
(7) 15.15 ft on 1950/03/9
(8) 15.00 ft on 1923/03/17
(9) 14.97 ft on 1940/03/31
(10) 14.95 ft on 1942/12/30
19' at Hale Eddy - Highest crest ever since Cannonsville
July 2, Deluge Update
Happy early July 4th! We got crushed! That is what happened
to the eastern part of the state. Just after the Penns outing
last weekend, the rains came and never let up. Mother Nature
delivered the mother load! On the Lehigh...Walter
came through and held back a max inflow of approx 25,000cfs.
A consistent 250cfs release was maintained during the event
- but now close to 10,000cfs
is being pushed. The floodgates are pretty much wide-open! With
this type of release, there is a good chance we are done with
the colder water in the lake for the rest of the summer. It
is now time to hit the headwater streams and tribs - they will
be pumping some serious flows and cold temps for a good bit
of time. This type of trib influence into the Lehigh will help
the trout out greatly. Here is some frame of reference data
for the Delaware River.
Highest level ever recorded at Francis E Walter. Amazing!