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I've been fishing this pool for over - - - -

Posted on September 12 2023

Had a long list of items to pick up at BJ's this morning as the Lordville Estate larder was empty. Got everything I needed. The only disappointment was the selection of the $4.99 roasted chickens. At 9:30 the first batch had been picked over. There were only four left and the skin had broken open on three of them. This dries out the meat and I never like taking them. The last bird was a little small but the skin was intact, in the basket he went and I was on my way. Drove through a fine mist that had me thinking about a couple great days this summer. Unfortunately, just before Deposit the clouds parted and everyone else was  served up a beautiful afternoon. Me? I decided to get the lawn mowed.

Left camp a little before 4:00, hopeful that the olives I met on the UEB last week would be hatching and they were. Saw between ten and fifteen seemingly good fish gulping the olives one after another in a slow water pool. Put on the gear, waded out to within casting range and every fish had stopped rising. Never got a shot. I've been fishing the WB where it's hard to both put fish down and to get them to eat a fly with a hook in it. On the UEB I've had knees shaking from the cold water send out a little wake that put feeding fish down. Moved upstream to where a riff dumped into the pool and did a little better, got seven to come to the fly, three ate and I landed two. Got a last second refusal from the only truly big fish of the day. 

Moved to another riff that seemed to be full of yearlings (browns now about 9 inches and rainbows 10/11).  The fish were feeding subsurface and most fish ignored my offerings until the light started to fade. I did land a 14 inch brown and a 13 inch rainbow but everything else was between nine and ten inches.

We have another warmish day scheduled for tomorrow and then fall starts, no matter what the calendar says. The olives, iso's, ants and white flies are on the water, the fish are redistributed in all the pools throughout the system and I for one, am going to try to make up for lost time.

On the Angler vs Landowner controversy. The quickest way to lose more access is for anglers to be disrespectful to land owners. Right or wrong, an aggrieved land owner will often get others to also post there land. If someone doesn't want you to fish on or in front of their land DON'T. There are 90 miles of blue ribbon trout water in the Delaware River System, hot headed, arrogant anglers have cost us access to more of it than have landowners who want to flaunt their authority. It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.   


  • Darryl Bogart: September 13, 2023

    Thanks for the answer on my algae question.What are you referring to with the comment “on the paying side” ?

  • Dennis : September 12, 2023

    Thank you to all who responded to my question about the land owners on the UEB.
    I fished the main stem last night. I landed a 14 in. Rainbow and had a couple refusals. Good night!! There were not many bugs.
    What are the white flies. What is a Hebe fly?
    Thanks again for all the advice.

  • Black Boat: September 12, 2023

    Should read Casey Kasem
    Typist fired!

  • Ed Smith: September 12, 2023

    Black Boat. Absolutely hilarious. Keep ‘‘em coming. Ed Smith

  • Black Boat: September 12, 2023

    Although I’m late to the party at this blog, I do after thanking God for another day , check for updated Del. Intel. Like the candor, humor, and musical references.
    The nine week medical hiatus is over. Got the little woodie out of dry dock. Looking to have both my oars in the water again.
    Alas, no pirate flag. We keep the neutrality flag aloft for waders and various water craft. Somewhere, maybe in steerage, or the yeti, is the truce flag for times when the river, the put-ins, and takeouts become a bit much. Sadly, Weamer mass-produced the treasure map.
    I have soaked vest and fly boxes at Long Flat. Be respectful to all on the UEB. 1866…if those Fenians hadn’t consumed so many Jamesons before the battle of Ridgeway/Fort Erie we’d own the entire continent,Atlantic Salmon
    Dave-Check the ring doorbell cam . Yep, that’s me sitting you know where.
    Well A119, you could be the second coming of Casey Kashmiri, but you do get the Edward R. Morrow Honesty in Fishing Journalism Award.
    PS Dennis and Ed Smith – keep the rod tips high, get him on the reel, and we’ll unmask this rascal yet.

  • D. Martin: September 12, 2023

    Interesting. “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” That’s exactly what I said to the Long Flat landowner!

  • Ed Smith: September 12, 2023

    Angler119- Great advice on the Angler vsLandowner. Thanks. Ed

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