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
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May 29, 2008 - Lehigh
With runoff slowing...look
for the Corps
to begin to slowly cut back the release from Walter to
more of a fisherman-friendly release. The reason for the
cut back in cfs being released is due to the fact the
lake is just about at 1,370', and the Corps
Recreation Plan for 2008 calls for the level to stay
at or below 1,370'. Therefore the outflow from Walter
for the most part will pass inflow in order to keep the
lake level steady. For all intents and purposes anything
stored above 1,370' is an encroachment into the flood
control space. And with a non-whitewater weekend coming
up, and not much rain in the forecast, the levels should
be dialed-in to a nice fishing level this upcoming weekend.
above can be found online at the Corps Philadelphia office
- - definitely worth a bookmark!
Should be a good fishing
stretch coming up - - we will be on the water a handful
of times over the next few days so look for a report most
likely early next week. If you are on the water, look
for sulphurs, caddis, olives and some leftover march browns.
Get out there, and enjoy it!
27, 2008 - -
Upper D/West Branch
A very quick report for ya...the
water is low, and the fishing is tough. Low flows of the
D mean very little sanctuary water - - so day after day
the trout are getting pounded. The fish just can not escape.
Right now it is best to just wade fish the system - -
both the West and the Main. Look for apple caddis, march
browns, brown stones, sulphurs and maybe the start of
the drakes. Don't forget your red brown spinners. The
algea is bad this year for some reason (West Branch especially)...so
check your fly consistantly. And do what you can to prevent
the spread of Didymo.
May 22, 2008 - Update
The consistent rains of late have really
kept the rivers and larger streams at some great levels.
FFPA will take higher than normal water (with-in reason),
over low-water any day! Plus it gives the fish a break
during a timeframe when us fisherman would otherwise be
hammering them. Let them eat in peace we say! Well, at
least for a little while. Anyway, these April-like flows
bode well for the early-summer.... just as long as Mother
Nature does not go schizophrenic on us. Regardless, get
out there and enjoy the holiday weekend. The fishing should
Happy Memorial Day!!!
May 19, 2008 - Lehigh Report
We've been on the river the last few days
and have found some pretty decent fishing - - you did
have to work for your fish though.
We had cool air temps, cold water temps
(53-56F), rain, rising (see below) and off-color water
working against us. What we did have working for us though
was a good number of hatching bugs. Interestingly - the
Sulphurs have started...and they were out is big numbers
during the rain. We also have been seeing small olives,
tan caddis, a few small stones, grey foxes and march browns.
During the daytime hours, when the water clarity was the
best, the fish were plowing down our Maddie Wet. This
imitates the large emerging grey fox or march brown. These
fish are currently smashing this fly! And as mentioned
in the May 6 report our hooks continue to get compromised.
We are going to need to look into this before the next
tying sesh. Also, don't forget swinging those brown buggers
w/ rubber legs. Bigger is better when it comes to the
While fishing the off-color water, lead,
and lots of it, was the key. Combine that with some hard
mends, to get the fly down even more.
May 15, 2008 - LR
As of writing - the Corps has posted a 350cfs
release from FE Walter for the weekend. Only if there
is heavy precipitation in the headwaters of the Lehigh
should there be an update to the release
web page. Look for the update sometime on Friday.
For a frame of reference, the Lehigh doubles
in size (GENERALLY SPEAKING) - - due to trib influence
- - by the time it hits the Lehighton
gage. At this level the Lehigh does push, but yes, there
is still plenty of places to get out, wade, flail, and
find rising fish. Be sure though to wear your studs, and
don't forget that wading staff. Look for march browns,
olives, tan caddis and maybe even the start of the sulphurs.
Swing some large wets
as well as those always productive buggers. Simple, but
effective patterns - - just the way we like it!
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May 12, 2008 - The Tully
We had out Rick again on the Tully over
the weekend. Rick fished the Tully last year as a first
timer, and did very well. This year we looked to build
upon the foundation of information he retained from last
year - - which we did -- but the fish did not really want
to cooperate all that much. Feeding activity was slow
for the most oart, while angler pressure was heavy. For
instance in one stretch of very nice water which we worked
over big-time, with tried-n-tru imitations, we did not
get a hit.
Final tally was about a half-dozen fish stuck or rolled - -
none of which came to hand. Best patterns for the day were caddis
pupa, nitros, and a #16 green caddis elk hair imitation.
FYI: Word is the sulphurs have begun to pop here in SE PA.
See you on the water!
May 9, 2008 - SE PA Sulphur Watch
SE PA fly waters like Ridley and Valley
have yet to see the yellowish mayfly poke through the
surface. And with the impending weather forecast, who
knows when we might begin to see them. What will be interesting
is if the latter of the two waters mentioned above will
even have a hatch this year. Recent rock rolling over
at Valley revealed no sulphur nymphs at all - - at least
in the tiny piece of water sampled. Even is there are
some left, look for a short and sporatic at best appearence.
Weather/water levels pending we hope to
hit it in the coming days.
May 6, 2008 - Lehigh - Lehighton Area
Quick report for ya...the bugs still have
not got going quite yet - - nor are the fish really looking
up. We need the water to hit the 60F mark - - once we
get there - - watch out! The Lehigh should light up big
time. We've been finding lots of fish in all the likely
looking spots, but they have all been underneath on either
brown buggers or our maddie wet. A few maddie wets have
even been retired due to compromised hooks, ie., bent!
With the wet fly taking top trout-getter honors, you can
pretty much assume the large march browns are about to
get going. Decent releases and subsequent flows, and good
weather should only prolong the good fishing.
Bow caught on a bugger.
Another bugger caught bow.
Working a quality looking run.
May 3, 2008 - Lehigh Update
This weekend should provide another great
opportunity to get out on the Lehigh. With good angling
friendly flows from the dam, down thru the gorge and into
the lower river below Palmerton we plan to be on the water.
The weather appears to be looking good as well.
Look for the march
browns to be popping, along with tan caddis, and maybe
even a few leftover hendricksons.
The fish should be looking up, especially in the softer
water areas - - the tailouts, pools, and bank eddies.
Underneath try a big march brown numph, and/or a stone
fly imitation. Look for a report toward the beginning
of next week. Don't forget, if you are interested in a
Lehigh float - - don't hesitate to email
May 1, 2008 - Penns Creek
Sorry for the late report, but our site got so
many hits in April we blew thru our bandwidth quota for
the month. Going forward we are going to most likely have
to cut back on the number and quality of the images posted
in order to lessen the bandwidth usage each time the site
gets a hit.
Anyway, enough of the tech garbage
- - lets get onto the Penns report.
For the nymph fisher, the Penns-Zee
is the place to be. Most fly anglers out there really
look forward to dry fly, but if you really want
to get down to it - nymphs flat-out catch fish and
Penns is exhibit A for this technique. This past
weekend was no different.
By far the hot fly for us was our
march brown nymph. We have written extensively about
this pattern in our Reports
and you can check it out on our patterns
page. Our intention of the pattern is to imitate
a shore/soft-water bound migrating march brown nymph
becuase that is what they do about this time of
year - - but the pattern can also imitate stones,
or any other large steno nymph. So we are killing
many birds with this nymph. Other subsurface patterns
that produced were a lafontaine style caddis pupa,
varigated stone and a wired stone. The overall key
was to get the fly down deep, and quick. We weight
our ties with quite a bit of lead when we tie them,
however we regularly added a couple of nice-sized
split shot to get it down even more.
As for surface action - - with the
high-sun there was not any during the day, but in
the eve there was a little bit. The hendrickson
spinners should be around for the immediate future,
so stock-up on your red-browns.
A trio of quality subsurface caught
As of now, look
for Penns to be in great condition come this weekend
barring anymore significant rain.