February 2007 Report
February March April
May June July August September October November
^^Please check out our archives^^
Be sure to check out our Penns
For the 2007
season - specifically the Lehigh - we can not stress the importance
of booking early.
We have had considerable interest and open dates are being crossed
It is also worth
mentioning that our time on the water is limited compared to
If interested in a trip - email
now! We will do our best to accommodate.
24, 2007 - Update
Down here in SE PA we had a bit of run-off from the few
inches of snow we got back on Feb 14. Check out the chart
to the right - on the Feb 21 about mid-day Valley suddenly
shot-up as a result of the 50F air temps. Up until this
point all that released water had been locked up in ice
and snow. The rise on the 23rd was from a bit of rain
and snowmelt. We still do have a bit of what is now ice
on the ground down here. No doubt it is ice since my dog
is having a tough time negotiating. 4-paw drive ain't
working so hot. I've been caught in this type of snow
run-off event before on Valley. It sucks! You'd be amazed
at the amount of dirty water and debris that just suddenly
appears out of nowhere. Pack up and go home.
Little Black Stones....If they have not
already started to pop, then it is any day now. The ice
should be about gone on streams such as Ridley, which
does have a decent stone hatch. Comfortable air temps
is another story though. If fishing this hatch on Ridley
or any other stream - be sure to check out and give our
stone a shot. We find that this pattern can be deadly
before the hatch starts and even after it has run its
course. But there is no doubt that if given a choice most
anglers will choose the dry fly option. An all black caddis
on a 1x or 2x shank will do the job. At this time of year
top-water action can really get the juices flowing and
we all know that the little black stone and their erractic,
trout-taunting dance can making for one of the more entertaining
surface feeds - anytime of the year for that matter.
18, 2007 - Update
Our annual spring Penns
trip usually provides the die hard dry fly guys with plenty
of bugs to match. There can be caddis, hendricksons, gordons,
quills and olives popping here and there during the day. Prime
time though always takes place during the lo-light hours. Even
at this time of year, early season, the big boys have wised-up
and do not come out to eat off the surface until the lo-light
hours. Heavily weighted sub-surface flies, with a good drift,
during the daytime hours, can trick the pigs, but with any sort
of high sun, forget about it!
In the eve our go-to evening pattern
is a red-brown spinner. We like to tie it with a very visable,
flashy white post. This way we can follow it in the waning light.
Olive or brown hackle will work for the horizontal hackle.
4, 2007 - Update...NY DEC - - Read On...
The trend in fisheries management and for that matter, management
of public resources, is to provide a window of time for all
of us to voice our thoughts on pending management options and
changes. Now more than ever us fisherman need to be looking
out for our interests, and need to be vocal. If you have an
opinion, and you do not voice it, you have no one to blame but
most recent agency to seek public input on an item we feel is
necessary to provide feedback on, is the NY
DEC - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Currently, they are seeking public comments on how to manage
the West Branch of the Delaware with regards to boating. Word
is the reason why public input is being sought is because of
boat (ie., drift boats) vs. wade angler confrontations. Are
you kidding me?! Come on people, let's have some etiquette out
there! If you are approaching a wade angler, go behind them!
There is too much water to interfere with the wade guys. We
here at FFPA go to the river to enjoy ourselves, and not to
get into river rage! Good thing the DEC does not have authority
to ban boating outright, but they can regulate fishing from
a boat. If they really wanted to, they could restrict fishing
from a boat and not allow it at all. Not good in our opinion.
We all know that there are times when the West Branch is only
fishable by boat - especially early season, and when there are
mandatory releases for the Montague target. In our opinion,
the only logical and resource first method of managing
the river is is to possibly look at limiting boats when the
West Branch is below 600cfs on the Hale Eddy gage. Please let
the DEC know that banning fishing from a boat is not the way
to manage the West Branch - firstname.lastname@example.org
- subject: West
Branch Delaware Regulation Proposal #R4-5.
1, 2007 - Update/Fly-tying
Early season when fishing Penns,
you hope to run into a grannom
hatch. Anywhere from mid-to-late-April can find this caddis
species hatching. Sometimes the trout will aggressively strike
a dry, but the majority of the time will find fish keying-in
on the emerging pupa. A wet fly tied with peacock, and a few
wraps of partridge as a collar can be productive. If you are
a traditionalist - the leadwing coachman is an effective pattern.
The leadwing also effectively imitates the slate drake. Of course
these do not hatch until late spring or early summer, but if
you are looking for a really good multi-season, multi-species-imitating-pattern,
the leadwing might take the cake! If you fish Penns, you need
this fly. We are talking easy to tie. Great beginning fly tyer
pattern. Brown hackle tail; peacock body; wire rib; brown hackle
collar; matched goose wing.
The leadwing coachman