Delaware River Fishing Report
As you well know, we've had a lot of rain and wind throughout this fall so fishing in both fresh and saltwater has been a matter of finding the "right" days to be out on the water. Both our Connecticut and New York rivers have experienced unusually high water which has made wading on several of our rivers difficult. In the salt, it seems like it has taken a longer than usual amount of time for the action to crank up, although there have been some good moments in-between - especially with the Albies, which came on strong in early October for several weeks. There is some decent Striper action at the moment, but the Blues have been missing in action. And the huge balls of bait that hugged our beaches last fall seem to be absent as well this year. Read More
Lots of on-and-off rain has our Connecticut and Catskill rivers still at very healthy flow levels. In the Catskills, due to the increased release in the Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoires, rivers are still too high in most places for wading. In Connecticut, the Farmington River has remained very wadeable but the Housatonic is still too high for safe wading. After forecast rain events today and tomorrow, rivers should begin rapid drops to wadeable levels. River temperatures have come down nicely - (in the Catskills due to a combination of cooler nights and increased releases from the dams (Cannonsville Dam is releasing 1499cfs and Pepacton Dam is releasing 678cfs.) Water temperatures in both Connecticut and Catskills range from the low 50's to the mid-60's. Read More
We're kinda on a cusp at the moment. On both our New York and Connecticut rivers, we've had weeks of unbelievable heat which has, in general, driven water temperatures into red-line zones. Yet in the Catskills, heavy rains caused consistent dam releases on the tailwaters keeping the rivers cool and high and resulting in some off-the-charts streamer fishing and pretty great dry fly action as well. Read More
Rain, rain, rain. That's pretty much been the story over the past couple of weeks. All of the Catskill rivers (except the upper Beaverkill and Willowemoc) are unwadeable. Both Cannonsville Dam on the Delaware West Branch and Pepacton Dam on the Delaware East Branch are spilling. Because the surface reservoir water is warm both Delaware branches are warm in the upper sections. However, as days slip by without additional rain, the spill is lessening and the releases from both reservoirs are cold so gradually the water temperatures are getting back to normal. Read More
Well, we can't exactly calls these August days "dog days." Fishing in our Connecticut and New York trout rivers, as well as in Long Island Sound, is still too good to put away the rods. Lot's of rain has kept our rivers at decent heights although most rivers have fallen and we still need to keep an eye on water temperatures. And for the next few days we're looking at showers and thunderstorms so water levels may vary depending on the location and severity of the rain. But hatches have been good and consistent on both our Connecticut and New York rivers (depending which section of the river you're on) though water temperatures have varied dramatically - so its good to stay aware of what the conditions are in the section of river you're fishing. But in both Connecticut and New York rivers there are some lovely fish being taken and our clients have experienced some great moments on the water in the past couple of weeks. Read More
Our feature picture this week is of our very own Bob Reichart with a lovely dry-fly Brown he took on the Delaware last week. (Riverkeeper Guide Service's Sal Renzuela email@example.com was at the oars.)
I was away last week in Canada's Gaspe' Peninsula hunting for salmon, so there is a lot of catching up to do. The Gaspe' is beautiful, but like so many East Coast regions, the rivers are extremely low and warm so difficult to fish.....