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21, 2008 - Cannonsville Releases
If you follow the West Branch
of the Delaware releases' like we do - - you've probably
noticed that Cannonsville Reservoir is pumping some nice
cold water on a consistant basis - - finally! The release
has been in the 800cfs
range, and will either stay there or even go up a bit
in the next few weeks - - barring any significant rain.
The reason, the Montague
1,750cfs target needs to be met and all we have right
now to make this happen is Cannonsville. PPL
is now out of the equation, since Wallenpaupack is already
at its 1,181' September 1 target. This means PPL can not
generate for the remainder of August. Confused yet!?!
With this sort of release
we hope to see the fish spread back on down to the main
stem. The cool nights (40s F)and increased volume have really
the water temps into a more trout friendly zone.
19, 2008 - Small Water Report
With the recent rains, and
cooler air temps we made a run to a smaller piece of water
up on the Pokie Plateau. The water was crystal clear, and
cold - - 59F in the middle of the day. At first we did not
do too well - - we just did not see any fish - - so we moved
upstream a ways, and immediately began to see a lot more
fish. Just about every little trouty looking spot held a
fish. Some nice size ones too.
out the source for the lack of fish in the one section
is due to a trib that dumps in what must be just enough
acid from time to time, to keep even the smallest minnows
from living. The water was just flat-out dead. We even
found quite a few dead fingerling trout. This is something
FFPA has never seen before.
Anyway as we moved upstream we got into fish. Not a lot,
but a decent number. The fly that moved the most fish for
us is one we call the Brown and Grizzley. Grizz, and brown
hackle, a hares ear body and brown tail. That is it. Size
10, grease it up, and it floats like a cork.
Even though there are supposedly brookies in this water,
we did not turn up any. Just browns ranging from fingerling
up to about the size of the brownie pasted below. Also saw
one grouse and a flock of turkeys on the way out. Great
day on the water!
Beautiful wild brownie.
Working some of the tight, fishy-looking
Brown and Grizzley is pictured above.
13, 2008 - Water Temps
All over the eastern part
of the state, water
temps have dropped significantly - - even on bigger
waters. Check out the Easton gage on the Lehigh River -
- pasted to the right. Before the cool snap the water temp
was pushing 75F - - but now, has dropped enough to touch
68F. That is pretty unusual for this time of year.
the dam at FEW the water temp is about 69-71F. Most
likely, with the lower base flow (only 200-250cfs out of
the dam) and current cold, heavy trib influence - the temp
in the Gorge is probably down into the mid-60s. Unfortunately
this weekend is a whitewater
release - - or we'd be checking out the Gorge.
11, 2008 - SE PA Trout Report
The cooler air temps, have
given the trout a nice late-summer break from the dog days.
The other day while scouting a SE PA limestoner in the early
am hours the water temp only registered 62F on the thermometer.
With that being the case, a little fishing just had to follow.
It was not too much longer after scanning some of the larger
flat-pools, that a bunch of midging trout were noticed.
With the water so skinny, 7x flouro was needed on the fly
end of a very long - 15'+ leader. A #20 black midge managed
to fool a few in the flat water, and a micro-caddis fooled
just as many in the broken water.
To be able to get out and
trout fish here in SE PA in mid-August is not an every year
type of thing, so it sure was a nice suprised and a good
A caught and released brown resting comfortably.
5, 2008 - Update
August could very well be
the bottom of the barrel month when it comes to trout fishing
here in SE PA. The water is low, it is hot, and it is just
plain not that pleasant to be on the water during the majority
of the day. Sure there are some solid coldwater streams
within a little bit of a drive, but with high fuel prices,
and such a short window of time to be on the water during
the prime-time hours - a good alternative is to look at
possibly wetting a line on one of the the marginal trout
waters in the area. Fortunately we are blessed with quite
a few of them -- Ridley, French, and the Whissy are a few
of the smaller waters. There are also some larger waters
that hold decent smallmouth numbers - - such as the Perkiomen,
Schuylkill and even the Brandywine. In the coming weeks
we hope to be hitting some of these waters. Reports will
follow as well. If you would to learn more about cool/warmwater
fishing, shoot us an email.
These waters are a great way to hone your skills during
the dog days of summer.