1, 2011 - Shallow Water Slashers!
The consistent drum-beat of solid fishing continues to steam
along on the West Branch of the Delaware despite
record setting July heat here in PA!
As has been the case recently the fish are being found in your
typical big trout habitat locations as well as in the skinny water.
It is amazing how shallow some of these larger trout are being
found. Both rainbows and bows in less than a foot of choppy water.
Obviously these fish are dialed in to this consistent flow pattern
we've been seeing since June 1 and are feeling very comfortable
nosing into the food-rich skinny water. Lets just say - - happy
fish, equal happy fisherman. And there is no shortage of both
Mid-day when you might not see anything happening, just blind
fishing the shallows with a high-floating dry will surely get
some looks. Small parachute sulphurs (16-18) and larger isos (10)
have been producing as well as tan x-caddis patterns in size 14-16.
Talk about fun fishing in the middle of the day. If looking to
search a bit lower in the water column rig up a dropper of a caddis
worm or a small flashback pheasant tail. 5x tippet and long leaders
are a must - upwards of 14-16'.