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27, 2009 - - Lehigh River Report - Dodging Storms!
Oh the wind and rain. Add in lightning and some rising
fish, and you've got an idea of what it was like on the big Lehigh
Friday afternoon. Fortunately, we did not see the hail some of
the areas around us received. Now that would have been fun. Really
for the first 2/3s of the float we just rowed thru in order to
get us down river and through the storm. A hard up-stream wind
only made this effort a bit more difficult.
the rains ended, and the sun actually made an appearance, well,
so did the fish - - by way of a double header. Both of these fish
came on variations of buggers fished with either sink lines, and/or
lots of split shot. The water is still running a good clip throughout
the system. It was not soon after the double that we began to
notice some smaller olives, along with the summer sulphurs. Once
we got our rigs switched up, and dialed into dry fly mode, we
began to notice some risers here and there. Nothing too heavy,
but definitely more than enough to keep the boat's crew occupied
well into the darkness. During this time of flinging dry's we
managed to land a few, and tagged double that many.
All in all, not a bad outing considering the crazy weather all
around us. The fishing should continue to hold up on the Lehigh,
as long as we continue to get timely rains. Water temp was 68F
at Bowmanstown at 3pm. It did not get any higher than that since
the air temp dropped considerably with the rains.
Joe with a bugger caught brown
22, 2009 - - Martha's Vineyard Report
Our annual trip to Cape
Poge out on Chappaquiddick has come and gone. It seems like
each year this trip goes by in a blink of an eye! So much fun,
and usually lots fish willing to eat our flies.
This year the trip was by far the coldest we've ever experienced.
We were pretty much plagued with a steady east, northeast, north
wind the entire time - - which had a bite to it. East Beach on
Poge was not fishable with the fly. Which was too bad because
we had heard from reliable sources that there were big fish around.
The wind caused us to move around a lot. Each day the wind changed
directions, and no pattern set-up over the course of the days
we were on the Island. In fact you could tell the fishing was
somewhat off due to the fact that we ran into few, if any other
Due diligence paid off though for the group. Everyone caught
multiple fish, with most taping out to the low-to-mid-20s. Biggest
fish was about 34-35". We caught bass and blues at the breach
in Katama Bay. Hot fly for that location was an olive over white
deceiver. Otherwise the go-to fly for the group was a sparse olive
over white clouser. Lets just say clousers just catch fish!
One night we did have a flurry of action at the Gut on the outgoing.
One big fish was lost on spin, but for the most part throwing
black clousers or heavily weight black streamers on a 300-400
sink line did give up fish. The outgoing tide at the Gut combined
with a strong east wind created a huge flush of water. Man was
it ripping thru there!
One of our favorite spots out on Poge never did light up, though
our last night it did provide some fast action of about 30
minutes with the group picking up a half dozen fish, along with
a handful of bites.
Like I said a pattern never set up. We had to hunt for fish at
each location we stopped. With most spots only giving up one or
two fish. You had to work for each and every fish this year. Actually
this was very similar to last year. And in fact I can say that
the fishing in early June on the Vineyard has been in a decline
since the late-90s, when we first started to hit the Island. Face
it, I think we were spoiled with the action we had nightly back
then. It was silly fishing!
One other note...we did not have the plover closures like we did
last year. This allowed us to get to the Gut, which was closed
off last year. Though we did hear that just a few days after we
left the Island the birds started to hatch so roped off areas
are now in place.
Top to bottom: Breach bass; Night-time
outter beach bass;
Daytime bass; Pond bass.
9, 2009 - - Lehigh - Bugs and Heads
The Magic Hour has been good to us! Bugs you will see in the
air include - - caddis (all shapes/sizes/colors), olives (cornuta
- 12-14s), sulphurs (the big boys! 14s), the smaller dorthea sulphurs,
along with a sprinkling of big stones! And don't forget the accompanying
spinners! There are a lot of fish looking up all throughout the
system. Now is the time to get out there and explore the river.
Pick a fishy looking spot, and hunt them down. I think you will
be pleasantly surprised by what you will find.
Not sure if we are gonna be able to squeeze in another report
by the end of the week. After that look for a lull in posting,
due to our annual Vineyard
trip. We are looking forward to this trip more than ever!
Chappaquiddick might never be the same after we are done with
Mike with a sulphur caught Lehigh River
7, 2009 - - Update
continue to be blessed with
good water across the state - - not to mention relatively
cool air temps. As we transition from the big hatches of
the middle season to the late season isos, tricos and summer
stenos we should be seeing decent fishing for the forseeable
future. Get out there and enjoy it. Lehigh report in a few
We are seeing more and more of these Lehigh
River big finned wild or grown up fingerling trout this
Glen Onoko put-in on the Lehigh.
1, 2009 - - Lehigh - - Good Water Statewide
Lehigh over this weekend was running at a release
that was a bit high for comfortable wading. Though the wade
guys were still out giving it a solid effort! If you
to get out in a boat - -
it looks like a lot of folks were able to pull off - - conditions
were pretty good. Water
temps continue to be in a very trout friendly range (lows-60s),
decent fishing should continue
- - especially with no real heat on the way. Over the course
of the weekend we managed to bring quite a few fish to net
- - biggest ranging in the 16" range. Bug life is decent.
We saw march browns, caddis, olives and sulphurs. If the
water continues to drop - - the fish should be looking up!
Green dots are good. That
means we at about
normal flows. Blue shades are a bit better.
That means we are a bit above long term norm flows.
Gotta ask though...what is normal?