^^Please check out our archives^^
23, 2009 - - Lehigh River Gorge - Temps
20, 2009 - - Lehigh Update - - Poor Decision
Well, we made out on the Lehigh the other day
in the lo-light evening hours. We arrived to a very fishy piece
of water in the Gorge to find water temps in the 68F range,
but no bugs just yet. We poked around the pocked water, and
runs for a while with just two moved fish to show for it.
After working the first stretch for a little while,
we relocated, and this is where we could have made a better
decision. Instead of heading back to a good-looking dry fly
pool, we hit up some not so good dry fly water.
settling in to the new piece of water, it did not take long
for the cahills and sulphurs to start hatching. About 8pm, they
were on the water in good numbers. And a few fish were on them.
Though we did not land any fish, it was good to see the numbers
of bugs, as well as the rising trout.
Water temps might continue to hold up in the colder
parts of the Gorge if we can get some rain.
15, 2009 - - Lehigh Update
Water temps continue to be holding up well with
this unseasonably weird summer. The word from family members
in Bradford, Pa., is they've hit <40F over-night lows twice
this July!! That is unreal!! Though we could use a little bit
past weekend a trip to the Gorge/White Haven area resulted in
a handful of bows and browns. Everything we got into was of
stocked variety and ranged in size from fingerling brown to
the right all the way up to a solid 17" bow that pulled
the hooked. All other fish were in the 11-14" range. Nice
sold fish! Good colors, just no pics! :( The nice bow took a
stimulator. All the other fish ate either an sso dry or a bead-head
flashback pheasant tail nymph.
We hope to get back out there this weekend.
9, 2009 - - Lehigh Temps
we are in early-July and we've yet to crack the 70F water temp
mark on the Lehigh in the Jim Thorpe area. The chart below was
nabbed from the new LRSA
real-time temp probe. What a great tool this thing is! Support
the LRSA if
you can. By the way, the LRSA
is having a Memorial Picnic this weekend. It will definitely
be a good time. Heck,
you might even win a drift boat trip! Check it out!
Now if only all our summers could be this cool
through this point. Remember there is a whitewater release this
weekend, but prior to the weekend, and maybe even pre and post
release should find some decent fishing. The Gorge
is the place to be right now since water temps are the coolest
down in there. This is due to trib influence and diurnal cooling.
7, 2009 - - West Branch of the Delaware Report
Happy belated FOURTH!!! The
weather was great, but the fishing was so-so. All week the talk
was of off-the-charts fishing on the Delaware system due to all
the high cold water. Well, someone must have sent the fish a memo
that I was heading up that way for the weekend cause they shut
it down big time. Those evil little devils!
Interesting spot pattern.
Conditions really could not have been better. Releases
from Cannonsville were generous, but slightly dropping over
the course of the few days on the water, and the water temps were
just about perfect - - low-50s up to the mid-60s. Bugs though
were definitely lacking. Even the usually steady isosynchia/slate
drakes did not materialize all that much during the mid-day hours.
This bug in the past has definitely produced some great daytime
fishing. That said, some fish were fooled on them in the riffs.
Other than that, the lo-light bug action was slim. Very few sulphurs,
and even less summer stenos. Did see a few brown
drakes. Streamers got a few look sees, but no hook-ups.
Like mentioned above the most success came on an iso dry, fished
in the chop and riffs. You would have thought that with all the
recent high water and from what we heard, big numbers of insects,
the fish still would have been looking up in bigger numbers than
they were. Oh well, that is fishing!
Hooked-up with a mid-day trout.