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28, 2010 - Happy Memorial Day
safe! We will catch you on the flipside. Then it is on to our
annual Martha's Vineyard trip.
Still could use some more rain. The t-storm hype
for Thursday never really panned out. Streams are getting or are
NE PA especially.
May 26, 2010 - Upper D Update
Here we are heading into late-May and the temps at Lordville
on the Main Stem of the Delaware are screaming
upward. Seems like this has been more the norm rather than
the exception the last handful of years. Things will only get
worse in the coming days for the water temperatures as we are
looking at a
few days of hot weather. Fortunately this will be short lived,
but if we don't get some rain, high water temps might be something
of a longer duration. This is really bad timing since we are heading
into the Memorial Day Weekend, which is traditionally big one
for fly anglers to flock to the Delaware. You'd think by now that
the agencies tasked with managing the Delaware would have figured
out to avoid this sort of high water temperature scenario in late-May
May 18, 2010 - Penns Creek
Penns fished well over the weekend. But if you were fishing sub-surface,
the fishing was more technical than usual. The very subtle takes
required an extremely tight line to your fly. You also needed
a quick hook set or you missed the fish. No long line nymphing
or slow hook sets or it was over in an instant.
For nymphing action, the earlier in the day, the better. Gotta
get out of bed early! Once the sun got on the water, the action
shut down soon after. Not to mention that is also when masses
descended on the stream. The rig that produced included a combination
of a stone fly and a caddis pupa dropper.
In the eve, the grey foxes appeared around 7pm which brought
up the fish. Until then they were sleeping though the bright sun!
Then about a half hour before dark sulphurs came off in big numbers!
However, the fish were keying in on the emergers stuck in the
Overall the fishing was good, but the water
is getting low. Need rain!
May 15, 2010 - Lehigh Report
Floated the Lehighton to Bowmanstown stretch for the first time
this year, and just like other sections of the River that we've
been on, it fished well. Highlight of the day was getting into
a large brookie. Biggest I've witnessed coming out of the Lehigh.
It smacked a wolley bugger on a heavy/hard seam. We also managed
to tag a few bows and browns on wet flies and drys. The hatch
never got too heavy but in the flatter sections the fish were
looking up. Looking forward to getting back out!
May 10, 2010 - Tempest Trout
was just out of control with the wind. I don't think anyone
can argue that. Canceling the outing certainly crossed the mind.
Fortunately we did not, because someone told the bugs to hatch
and the fish to rise.
Who would have thought that the windiest day we've ever spent
on the Lehigh would coincide with on one of the heaviest (if not
the heaviest!) hatches we've ever seen?! The bug situation was really
a mixed bag. Hatching included what mainly appeared to be grey
foxes, epeorus vitreus species sulphurs along with a few sulphurs
(ephemerellas). However, color, and size, really did not matter
too much. What was really the key was just getting the fly out
there, along with a decent presentation. Which at times was impossible/futile..
Seriously, the only way to describe the hatch was blanket. Even
the little ducklings were eating up the mayflies like candy. Much
to the distraught of the mother duck who did like how far off
the little ones were straying to eat all the snacks. Quite the
day! Also saw an eagle.
May 4, 2010 - The Worst!
This year, so far, has been the flat out worst for fisherman
on the Lehigh when it comes to releases! If it was not for the
two weekends of assigned
'fisherman friendly' releases in April (400cfs), then anything
remotely considered an 'angling opportunity' on the Lehigh would
not have happened.
a lot of this inconsistancy/higher releases stem from the concrete
work that needed to be performed at Walter. Take a look at
the chart to the right of right of releases since April 1, and
you can see Walter has been dumping 1,000cfs or more pretty much
non-stop. This does not make it easy for the wade angler to fish
the Lehigh at all. And on top of this it was being yo-yo'ed all
over the place which is not good for the fish. Unhappy fish, make
for unhappy anglers.
Fortunately this work is done (we think), so hopefully we can
get back to a more normal release regime. The other issue with
all these high releases is the blow-out of the colder water. Remember,
Walter can only push water from the bottom. The result could very
well be a short season as a result of a lack of colder water.
And while were at it, we have the potential for super heated water,
with no protection for the fishery come August, when the stacked
whitewater releases come into play. Great! To us though, so far
this season, it looks like we've had nothing but one long white
May 3, 2010 - Hendricksons
Are Still On
to make a run up to the West Branch of the Delaware over the weekend
for a few hours of fishing on both Saturday and Sunday. Along
with the big-time crowds was some big-time heat! Boy, was it hot
- - temperature wise. Too hot, too early!
As far as the fishing, it was pretty good, but you did have to
work for them. So what else is new when it comes to the Upper
Hot patterns were the good ole red
brown spinner, along with the Lafontaine
caddis emerger. These two patterns flat out produce on the
West Branch. Don't leave home without them.
When we found the hendricksons popping - - they began about 3pm
- - a comparadun imitation did a good job getting fish to look
up. Though we just could not stick them consistently. The ones
we did stick were hot fish! Full-on freak-out mode immediately
after the hook set made for keeping them hooked extremely difficult.
Rainbows especially. As the sun went down, and some spinners began
to coat the water, the fishing became easier.
Overall the fishing should continue to be good on this system.
The hendricksons are probably about over, but soon the sulphurs
will be here along with more caddis.