allotment of full- and half-day Prime Time dates for the
Lehigh is filling-up quickly.
We also have
Float opportunies. Open dates are listed below.
May 23, 25;
June 3, 17, 20, 24, 27; July 1, 3
in a trip - email
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Each year we look forward with great
interest to our annual Penns Creek Weekend Package.
This year we are hosting on April 26-27. FFPA
considers Penns one of the top trout water in PA...and
on this trip you will find out why. Penns really is the
complete package - - from the bugs to the scenery to fish.They
are the stuff of legends. On top of this you will also
have first-class streamside lodging. Does it get any better
than this? Email
us for any questions and be sure to read more by clicking
on the image to the right.
Lehigh Weekday Available
it - May 16 - book
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April 23, 2008 - Lehigh
We recently had out Adam and Luke for a full-day
outing. For mid-to-late-April the conditions were fantastic!
With the help of the Francis
E. Walter Flow Management Working Group the mid-April
fishing opportunities on the Lehigh have been superb so
far this year. We've noticed quite a few anglers out and
all have commenting on the quality fishing experience
they've been having.
As for the trip - - both Adam and Luke are small stream
guys, so for them, the Lehigh is huge water. It is safe
to say that they got a real good dose of what the Lehigh
is all about! We are talking big bows in heavy current
- - which lead to the hooked/landed ratio to be skewed
in favor of the fish. As is normally the case for early-season
Lehigh fishing, the bugger was the hot fly. We should
also mention that we did get one wild brown or multi-year-holdover-fingerling
- about 12".
As for the bug life - - it was prolific - - hendricksons,
quill gordons, little black caddis, black stones and a
green bodied caddis. No risers though. Still to cold yet
- - with a 52 registered on the thermometer. 60 is usually
the cut off for solid dry fly action.
With little to no rain in the forecast continue to look
for solid fishing. Now is the time to hit the gorge. It
should be loaded with fish and keep an eye out for risers
- - they should be looking up any day.
Luke with a quality bow.
Based off of the press release, and link above, you would
think the releases from the NYC
Upper Delaware River Basin Reservoirs would continue
at a steady rate. Well, that is not the case. Just take
a look at the graphs below. The left chart shows the Cannonsville
- West Branch release; while the chart on the right
shows the Pepacton
- East Branch release. You can easily see that on about
April 17, releases started to be cut back drastically. It
is kind of ironic that the day an agreement is struck between
the basin states, and the feds to lower the reservoirs,
and create some sort of void, we instead are now looking
at minimum releases. I guess that is tailwater management
17, 2008 - Update
PA could use some rain. If we were in the middle summer
there would be no worries with the stream flow levels
since they would be considered on the high side. But with
us stepping into the meat of springtime, and prime tree-budding
season upon us, the streams are only going to continue
to get sucked up at a good clip. Lets hope we get some
timely rains and not have a repeat of last May
Down here in SE PA the apple green caddis is emerging
here and there on our local waters. An effective pattern
we have found to imitate this hatch is a simple CDC tie.
We like to use brite green synthetic dubbing, and brown
CDC for the wing. Simple, but effective. That is our motto
when it comes to patterns.
If you've never used CDC - - you should give it a shot.
It is expensive if you do tie, but can work very well
in certain situations. Think of it as another weapon in
your arsenal. For instance low humidity and CDC go well
The recent dry, high sun days we've been having as of
late is perfect CDC weather. The CDC will air-dry with
just a few false casts. This means less downtime drying
flies when you are slaying trout.
Looks like a good fly fishing weekend coming our way.
We hope to hit it
April 15, 2008 - Lehigh Report
Finally, we un-tarped the Clack from its winter cacoon
and splashed the Lehigh for the first time this season.
Conditions were great for the first half of the float
- - sunny and not too much wind - -that changed though
at 2pm - - when the clouds, rain and wind moved in with
vengence. At that point, the fishing shut off and we did
not move a thing.
Solid early-season Lehigh rainbow.
When the fishing was good the hot fly by far was a brown
woolly bugger fished off the bow (inside joke ;^)
- down deep. This ain't your normal trouty-bugger either.
We are talking a #4 salmon hook, with a cone and lead
wraps. Add to that a sinking line, some lead shot and
a hard mend. You get the picture. Deep and slow...but
on the swing up, and off the bottom the trout were slamming
our patterns. Until at least the sun went away.
Water temp was just 48F, and never budged. The Corps
held the release from Walter at about 460cfs - - which
put ~1100cfs of flow in the stretch we worked.
Bug life was plentiful and quite prolific despite the
air and water temps. Even long after the sun was no longer
showing the bugs were hatching. We saw - Hendricksons
(14); small black caddis (20); olives (18); blue quills
(18); and a few little black stones (14). We did notice
a couple of risers along the way, but nothing consistant.
Look for flows well downstream, and releases from the
dam to be in the fisherman-friendly range again this weekend.
Barring any significant rain, the Corps should be releasing
400cfs, give or take a few cfs. See ya out there.
April 11, 2008 - PA Opening Day &
It is the time of year for the masses to hit their local
water, or even better yet, their favotire hole.
For the majority of PA - this coming weekend is Opening
Day of trout season. Big deal for some - big whoop for
FFPA. We've already been on the water, and pending any
rainfall, we hope to make a Lehigh run.
Flows should be below normal for this time
of year, due to the fact that the Corps plans to drop
outflow at Francis
E Walter to 400cfs in order to make this big water
more angler friendly. This policy is written into the
2008 Flow Plan. The 19-20th weekend will be 400cfs
With the help of the Corps, the normally
unwadeable at this time of year, Lehigh, should be fishable
for the wade angler. Studs and a wade staff are a must
and dress warm. The water is still COLD! Check it out
as an alternative to your normal opening day routine.
There is a ton of water, and quite a few locations can
fish well when the water is up. If we do get out, lots
of lead and big buggers, deep and slow will be our rig
at the start. Risers....doubtful, but the bugs should
be starting. Some mid-day warmth will only help this cause.
Can you say April Grays? See ya on the water.
April 7, 2008 - Quick Update
We still have space available for our annual
Overnight. The dates are April 26-27.
Email us for inquiries
Also, we have limited dates still available
for the Lehigh. For the fly angler/golfers out there...instead
of booking that foursome at that tired 'ole track, sign
up for one of our two-boat Lehigh driftboat trips. Stream-side
lunch included along with drinks. We promise you, there
won't any slow play. Email
us for dates.
April 1, 2008 - SE
We've got blue quills and olives hatching
during the heat of the day down here is SE PA. Unlike
later in the season when overcast days are usually
the best, this time of year sunny or overcast, will
produce good fishing. Generally what is usually needed
to stimulate the bugs, and get the fish going is just
a couple of degree rise in water temp. This time of
year we like to time our time-on-the-water to coincide
with this jump in temp - - and if you are able to
do this as well - - you should be rewarded. Look for
the post-lunchtime hours to have the best hatching/fishing.
Posted below are some recent SE PA Beatis
caught wild brownies...
Be sure to check out our Penns
Creek Package. There is still open slots for this late-April,
early-season, two-day package. For any questions feel free
to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will join us. Penns never dissapoints.