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April 29, 2011 - PA Rains
It will be interesting to see how the rest of this season's rainfall
pans out. Right now we are pretty much water-logged.
All our bigger trout waters are blown out. And as we all know,
we are talking prime time hatch-time!!! It even looks like the
Friends of the Upper
Delaware One Bug fund raiser will be a bust (fishing wise).
Hopefully they can turn a negative into a positive. I bet they
Speaking of the Upper D system, we've got quite the situation
going on. Right now (as of post) Cannonsville
is at like 103%. So it is obviously spilling.
is flowing over the top and climbing steeply. Add to that, there
is still more
than 6K coming into the reservoir. Let's just say the West
Branch will be a boat fishery for the foreseeable future. I can't
remember the last time we had this sort of water around for the
first of May on Upper D system. Usually the snowmelt and rains
of early April ramp that river up. But this time of year, not
normally the case.
28, 2011 - More Limestoner Reports
Not much to report with all the high water around. Trips for
us have been on the local front, keying in on our close-by limestoners.
High water means bugger/streamer fishing. And boy can it be exciting
stuff when the fish are on the feed. The visuals can be killer!
Best conditions tend to be when the water is on the drop after
it peaks. The dropping water also usually corresponds with clearing
water, but still with some color. Black color buggers with an
erratic strip. The more erratic, the better sometimes.
17, 2011 - Big
Just about everything is big right now. The only exception is
our smaller, flashy streams which should run-off relatively quickly,
barring any more substantial precipitation.
Now is the time to sling streamers. Hit those smaller SE PA limestoners
with a bugger or small bunny strip streamer - - while the water
is on the drop - - and you can have an exciting day. The window
is small, so hit it.
April 14, 2011 - More Limestoner Reports
The steady olive action continues with this dreary, overcast
weather we've been having as of late. In fact next time we hit
the water, we might need to bring along a bit of vermouth and
gin, because the olives are plentiful! :) That said, once we break
on through to the other side of this of this pattern - - watch
out!! Things are gonna explode! No doubt the caddis are gonna
start popping, and then
we can look forward to the progression of our seasonal hatches.
One thing we have noticed with the fish down here in SE PA is
that they are becoming a bit more selective. I guess that happens
when they are constantly being pestered and stuck with the same
BWO patterns over and over again. One way to fool these fish is
to downsize and maybe try a midge. A simple black midge will usually
do the trick. 5x tippet will usually be more than effective, but
micro drag can be an issue, so if you think you are not getting
the looks that you should, try moving a step down to 6x.
The Lehigh....Remember, this weekend the Army
Corps ratchets back the Lehigh release to 400cfs, so up by
the dam, the conditions should be decent for the wade angler.
Further downstream with so much inflow still coming into the river
- - wading might be a bit sketchy for all but the most aggressive
angler. Look for black stones, and maybe some April Greys. Paraleps,
Quill Gordons and Hendricksons. Underneath, go with buggers and
your larger attractor nymphs.
April 5, 2011 - SE PA Limestoners
Some decent weather coinciding
with the weekend allowed us working stiffs to hit the local limestoners
and fish in the most comfortable conditions of the year so far.
The fish also seemed to enjoy the nice weather. They came out
of their winter lies and scooted up into the shallow water so
that it was a bit easier to suck down the steady supply of April
olives. The most effective pattern
this time around was a very dark olive comparadun with an antron
shuck. In fact the olives were so dark you had to look very closely
to ID. Two tails, and a small rear wing was a dead giveaway that
they were beatis and not the blue quill - paraleptophlebia adoptiva.
An interesting note to the day.
Despite the fact that it was opening weekend for trout in SE PA,
and this was unstocked water; the anglers were out in force. I
guess quite a few other folks were looking to get out and get
away from the masses crowding the open, stocked water.
Not sure when we are going to
be able to hit the Lehigh. But we heard from some angler friends
who were on the river this past weekend that they found decent
bug action - - mainly little black stones - - and some rising
fish. This is very encouraging to hear.