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Tired of being teased.

Posted on October 11 2018

Stopped by the Troutfitter yesterday and talked with one of the regulars who gets down to the Delaware more often than most.  Lately he has found fish in the UEB  rising to olives and cahills.  Said it was hard to get around in the high water and that he was the only wade fisherman on the river.  Saw four boats go by the last time he was there.

With both reservoirs running at maximum release it only takes a modest amount of runoff to make the whole system unwadeable. The Beaverkill was actually getting down to a reasonably good fishing level yesterday.  Then it rained.  As of 3:30 today (Thursday) all rivers are rising and will once again be too high to wade .

On a positive note, the tribs all have good flows which will allow browns easy access to their spawning grounds.  If you see redds  (areas of  lighter colored gravel in riffs) avoid them so as not to disturb the eggs and do not fish for actively spawning trout.  The upper WB and upper EB will be closed to all fishing after the 15th to protect the spawners.

With Pepacton overflowing and Cannonsville spewing 1.500 CFS of mud your best bet is to ignore the Delaware and head for the Salmon River where spawning browns and egg eating Steelhead are quietly making their way up the river. 

If you want one last trip to the Delaware, your best chance is to keep an eye on the Beaverkill flow.  It has good late season pseudo hatches.  Often times the fish can be seen sipping them near the tailouts of the slower pools.  If the Beaverkill ever gets below 500CFS you might even see me there.


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