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22, 2009 - - Lehigh
bugs are a plenty and the trout are on the feed. We are definitely
looking at some of the better fall fishing that we've seen in
years on the Lehigh. With the whitewater release from this past
weekend now behind us, we are setting up for consistent releases
for the next two weeks. Releases
downriver will be at a wade-friendly level - - though this is
still the Lehigh - - so always have the wading staff and studded
Isonychia's and summer sulphurs are the name of
the game. Stone fly shucks on the rocks are quite numerous as
well, which means a well-placed nymph rig with some sort of stone
fly imitation should be effective.
We have float dates available!
15, 2009 - - Lehigh River Report
Over the weekend we had out a crew that did pretty
well on the trout. The catching was definitely aided by a quick
decision to move further upstream away from a couple of tribs
that were pumping some seriously dirty water. This made all the
difference as the water was a bit cleaner.
The fish landed ranged from 12-18" - - both
bows and browns. All were stockers but in great condition. Fished
nymphs in the afternoon and then got some targets around 5-6pm
to throw dries too. Fish were very receptive, one or two drifts
and bam - fish on!!!
Bugs we noticed included the summer sulphurs, along with a few
slate drakes as well as some big stoneflies that were fluttering
about and laying eggs. This was not that heavy, but just enough
to get the fish looking up.
Right now the Lehigh is fishing well, and due to the very comfortable
summer, the trout are healthy and well fed!
7, 2009 - - Schuylkill River
For years now we've been paying attention
to the progress the Schuylkill
River Greenway Association has been making in getting more
and more access opened up to boat anglers. Especially folks like
us who need paved ramp access, for a drift boat. They really have
been doing a great job securing land and developing, and over
the weekend we ran a stretch of water that we've yet to fish.
For the most part this piece of water has good character throughout,
with only a few small areas of what we'd call dead water. Biggest
fish we landed is photoed to the right. A few others of similar
size, and a bunch of smaller ones rounded out the day. By far
the most effective fly was a black lead-wrapped bugger, but we
also did land fish on a large wet fly. Here and there we noticed
some hatching isonychias, so we figured we'd try a wet fly off
the back of a bugger, and it worked. In fact one time, while stripping
in a large hooked smallie, a smaller one was following. The larger
smallie ate the bugger, but eventually got off, and would you
believe the smallier one then ate the wet fly. Funny. I guess
he felt left out, and had to munch too.
We plan on running trips on this
stretch so if you have an inkling for SE PA smallies trips, we
now have a nice piece of water lined up.
1, 2009 - - Upper D System Report
With all the high and cold water
that has been around all summer long on the Upper D - - we thought
we'd set-out and give the upper main a look see. Temps were good
and flows ideal. We were after those line-screamer bows that are
suckers for Isos this time of year. Fortunately, we did turn up
a few, though nowhere near the numbers we used to find in the
riffs years ago. But finding them in sizes from 6-8" up to
16" certainly is a good sign. Besides the bows on the Main,
we also found bows on the West Branch eager to eat Isos and bead-head
LaFontaine caddis pupas. When the water was a bit off color on
the West we also managed to move a few browns on streamers - -
though none came to net.
Overall, the fishing was a bit slow.
Bugs were lacking for the most part, but obviously the fish are
still looking for drys since we did fool a few on top. Also
it could be that at this stage of the season, the trout are a
bit weary. The October Caddis have started to hatch. Stimulators
in the riffs might also pull up some fish. But why fish one fly
when you can fish two, and prospect. Hang a small flash back or
caddis pupa off the end and increase yoru chances.
The Lehigh should be rounding back
into form. These cold night for early-September should really
give the fishing a shot in the arm. Water temps never did get
lethal in the trout zone this summer, so the fall fishery should
be as good as its ever been. Give us a shout
if you want to learn the Lehigh!