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29, 2008 - Streamer Water!
With the recent heavy rains, waters here in the eastern part of
the state are running at some really nice levels. Once they begin
to level off, start to recede and clear up - - we could be looking
at some great streamer conditions. Maybe the combo of the beefed
up flows, and the onset of that urge to begin to prep for the spawn
will get them feeding well and chowing down on the larger stuff.
Hope to be able to get out in the coming days to see what is going
Oh yeah....GO Phillies!!!!
20, 2008 - Salt and Fresh
Well the weekend comes along, and so do the gales. Any hope of
throwing along the NJ beach front was quickly dashed by a serious
blow that caused Gale Warnings to fly, along with Coastal Flood
Advisories. And so it goes...hopefully we will be able to get out
in the coming weeks.
For those looking to fish some not-so-low water (due to the drought-like
weather we are having) - - head on over to the Tully. It appears
that the Corps is in the process of drawing down Blue Marsh to its
winter pool level...therefore we are seeing some higher than usual
flows. Right now the release is around 200cfs,
which is a really nice fishing level. In fact this is the highest
water we've seen in more than a month. Fish should be feeding well,
with the higher water, and cooler days. Good weather on the horizon
might make for some fantastic weekday angling with little in the
way of pressure.
12, 2008 - Lehigh Update
(finally!) whitewater release of the year is taking place
this weekend. I guess from a whitewater point-of-view all was a
success, due to every single releases being met, and then some.
Most likely we had more releases this year than any other year,
ever! The icing on the cake for the whitewater enthusiasts is the
two-fer...followed up by a 600cfs ramp-down, psuedo-whitewater
release on Monday. After the 600cfs ramp-down release, management
at Walter will revert back to the inflow = outflow regime. So with
not much in the way of inflow we will be looking at some very wade
friendly water. With
quite a few fish up and down the river appearing to have weathered
the summer quite well, we expect the fall fishing to continue to
be quite good.
This time of year you don't have to get too fancy with fly selection.
If you are a dry fly angler go with something that floats well,
and you have confidence in. Good drifts, and proper presentation
are more important at this point, then matching things up perfectly.
Maybe hang a dropper off the back end as well. A pheasant tail,
or hares ear, or maybe even a prince nymph.
Underneath streamer anglers should run some buggers through the
longer runs, and deeper holes. Focus in on the current breaks, and
slack water. Photoed above is a saturated streamer
pic from a few years ago. Good luck!!!
7, 2008 - Saltwater
than one out-of-season summer flounder, the salt was dead over this
past weekend. Although we did see some mullet here and there. You
could tell though that they felt comfortable, since they were not
moving all that fast along the beach or the rocks. This is a tell-tale
sign that there are very few predators around. The water was also
extremely clear, and virtually waveless. At this time of year this
can work against you since a little color and whitewater gives the
predators some cover, and very well can allow them to let loose
during during brite daytime conditions. Whatever the case, the fishing
In the coming weeks with cooler nights, we should see a larger,
more sustained migration of bait along the beach front. This migration
year after year coincides with our Fall
Blitz Trip. Check it out if you want to experience this
1, 2008 - Update
That POS disguised as the Flexible
Flow Management Plan (FFMP) failed to garner support and was
shot down for now. This all went down at the most recent DRBC
meeting. Looking ahead, at the December meeting the DRBC will once
again sit down with the agencies in charge of determining the Upper
D's releases and flows. The task...come up with a plan that is flexible
enough so that one of the most impressive large trout, dry fly fisheries
you'll find anywhere, gets the coldwater it needs.