April 08, 2016 1 min read

Those of us whose hearts are in the Catskills and were patiently awaiting spring on the Delaware River system, wait no longer!  At the moment, due to rain yesterday and last night, all three branches are high and mostly unwadeable with water temps in the mid-40s.  There have been black and brown Stoneflies, Blue Quills, Olives, Quill Gordons, and even scattered reports of an early Hendrickson or two. Fish are looking up, and nymphs have been very effective as well.  It will be a couple of days before all three branches are again comfortably wadeable, but if you’re floating, there should also be some great streamer fishing at current levels.  If you are wading, the upper West Branch closest to Stilesville is your best bet,with good water clarity.  If you are not familiar with this amazing fishery, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot for some trophy Browns and Rainbows.  Compleat Angler can hook you up with info, guides, correct fly patterns, and more.  Come in and check out some of Mike Motyl’s great Delaware fly patterns!