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It looks as if the recent bout of dryness has run its course. The
rain is here and it feels like late June '06 all over again. Right
now, as of writing, the upper Lehigh - above FEW is in the low 60s.
The dam is pumping 69F water, and Easton on the Lehigh is registering
69F water as well. Flows are increasing and temps are coming down.
Good bet the Isos were hatching today is good numbers. Valley Creek
spiked with the early morning rains. A quick drive-by showed very
dirty water. It is a shame how fast VC goes off color. Lesser sediment
influenced waters faired better. The increased flow stimulated the
trout just enough to get them interested in fly. Check out some
the pics from a Berks County brookie water.
Prime brookie pool
Log jam creating very low water
Good slug of moisture for the mid-state
Even though, year-to-date, eastern PA is in a rainfall surplus,
we desperately need some now!! August is on pace for the driest
ever. And it was just this past spring we had some of the driest
months on record - - not to mention very warm air temps. The floods
of June saved the aquifers, along with some extremely timely rains
here and there prior to the flood event. Fortunately, we are getting
longer and slightly cooler nights, so water temps are not a factor
and the trees are not zapping so much water
but Mother Nature
needs to come thru. Nonetheless it should be interesting to see
what the near-term future brings, especially with all the very warm
Atlantic water immediately along the coast, and the hyped up hurricane
season. For some reason, the pattern of getting multiple-months
worth of rain over a week time frame, might be in the offing again.
Click on the map above to see just where we stand
21, Valley Creek Terrestrials
66F water at 7pm in VFNHP and the fish were popping here and there.
In a little more than an hour a handful of fish thought the little
dubbed ant was the real deal. Although Valley is not much of a summer
destination for us, it can provide some decent action. Only when
the temps are conducive will FFPA check it out. This time of year
one of the more consistent forage is the land born creature - primarily
your terrestrials. A simple black ant size 16-18 works just fine.
Legal size trout. Thank you c&r.
The summer sulphurs have started to hatch on the Lehigh. Look for
this hatch to occur in the lo-light hours - pretty close to dark.
Cloudy day might bring them off the water a bit earlier. Also be
on the lookout for Isos. In the past we have had fantastic hatches
of Isonychia's in late-August. If we can only get some overcast,
cool and damp days - look out - the Isos can hatch all day long.
Trout Candy! Looks as if we are over the hump heat wise. We are
back on the river, so look for more current Lehigh updates.
Lehigh Summer Sulphur
For you white fly (ephoron leukon) chasers - the
hanna is the place to be right now. Not to mention the Breeches. Word
is the bugs have been coming off in decent numbers, and the fish are looking
are perfect right now for the wade angler on the Susquehanna - currently
sitting at below the magic 4' level. Make sure you are all set and in
the honey hole at dark - because that is when it can let loose. White
wulffs in a size #10-12 work great. Spent spinners - like a coffin fly
are also worth having. Guys have luck fishing sneaky petes and poppers
during the hatch as well. Go white of course.
Not much doing with the land-based - S. Jersey - fly-rod salt action...well
at least where we tried. With 6-7' astronomical high tides, you'd
think the fish would be on the feed and move thru the inlets and
cuts. Not so. Even with bait present nothing was happening and this
was at night - prime time. Bring on the fall.
Back here in PA ...late day smallie action has been decent. If
you've never fished for them, give it a shot. Esthetics will be
lacking, but your rod will be bent! You can find them in just about
any flowing water in SE PA...Brandywine, Perkiomen, Schuylkill,
Wissahickon, Darby, etc, etc. Small chartreuse poppers that have
those wiggly rubber legs have been working best. Either in Sneaky
Petes style or the concave ones have produced. Does not matter.
These fish are not selective. Streamers will work, but why, the
poppers are way more fun. For more info
shoot us an email.
SE PA smallwater smallie. RIP Jerry!!!
Fall is around the corner and we've have trips for
all levels. Check out our Package
Trip page for more info. We are doing a trip to Penns and a
trip to the NJ salt. This time of year both of these destinations
provide a fantastic angling opportunity. Big wild brown trout or
migrating blues and bass. Check it out.
Some good news....a new gage has been added to the USGS site
NY. Talk about a nice addition. Who knows maybe in the future
this gage will be used for temp targets.
Quick note and tid-bit/story...if you look at the temps right
now at Lordville they are quite high - 75F - give or take. In
late August '92 the main stem was running cold and we got into
the white fly. Now that was very cool!! We were into the trout
bigtime all the way down below Bouchouxville Creek, on the NY
side, where the large rock outcrop is. West Branch at the time
was in the high 40s. Ahhh....the good 'ole daze!
|Dog daze are here! We are looking
at possibly some Lower D and salt action in the coming weeks.
Otherwise fly tying needs to take place for the coming fall
season fresh and salt action. What is interesting and thought
provoking - with all this heat and more importantly tropical
like ocean conditions - you gotta wonder what the chances
are of an inshore albie bite this year. It has been many years
since albacore have frequented the inshore littoral zone that
we focus on - who knows, maybe this will be the year.