October 21 2017
Leslie Yee with one of many smallmouth bass that she caught and released on today's float
trip from Long Eddy to Callicoon.
Leslie caught The Delaware River Grand Slam - rainbows, browns, walleye and smallies with this fish
taping out to 17+ inches.
The weather in the Catskills has been fabulous for late October - 70's, dry and sunny.
September 27 2017
Didn't even have to row the boat far for this beast.
After launching the driftboat,
I was demonstrating the finer points of casting a four inch Senko to the client and...BAM!
Yes. The smallmouth bass fishing has been superb on the Upper Delaware River.
September 24 2017
Upper Delaware River Trophy!
That's Bob Keene with a 20 inch trophy!
What a great looking river bronzeback.
Perfect smallmouth bass conditions continue on this outstanding resource.
Great fish Bob! Tight lines!
September 23 2017
Our trip took us from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River.
What a gorgeous day!
The water is gin clear, temps are in the 70's and the levels are great.
Friends, just use those 4 inch Senkos rigged Wacky and that's all you'll need to catch a lot of fish.
Hey, that me holding Max Thomas's nice smallmouth.
That's Max's Dad, Michael, with one of many legal smallmouth bass father and son caught and released on today's
float trip on the beautiful Upper Delaware River.
September 22 2017
Perfect smallmouth conditions!
Outstanding smallmouth bass fishing on our beloved Upper Delaware River continues.
Crystal clear water, water temperature in the low 70s and great low levels.
Big bass and lots of the them on our float from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River this afternoon.
Half day trip is yielding 40+ fish with 50% legal and many over 15 inches.
No rain is forecast with more warm and sunny days for the next week.
Wet a line for smallies. All four inch Senkos rigged Wacky.
Gol darn that's the beautiful Narrowsburg Bridge in the background with John Margicin and some real nice fish.
Tight lines! (Which we had plenty of today!)
September 19 2017
Did you know that the Upper Delaware River was named by "Field and Stream" magazine as one of the top
five smallmouth rivers in the United States?
September 18 2017
Couldn't ask for better conditions for river smallmouth.
Gin clear, low levels and water temperature at 73 degrees.
Dave Speck with a nice one caught and released on today's float trip south of Narrowsburg, New York.
It doesn't get better than this.
Dave plying the waters of the Upper Delaware River near Railroad Bridge #9 near Tusten Settlement.
September 17 2017
Great to play with.
Wonderful to listen to.
Awful when it comes to water management.
An example of a yo-yo release from Cannonsville on the West Branch of the Delaware in the last 24 hours.
September 8 2017
Well fed and chunky.
The same white shad popper as seen below used on today's float trip from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River
The better bite is in the afternoon towards evening.
Water is gin clear, at normal levels and cool at 61 degrees but the smallies took the topwater poppers with abandon
Plenty of mayflies on the surface for them to look up to - BWO's, Iso's, Cahills and Sulphurs. Great topwater conditions!
Home Sweet Home.
There's no place like the Upper Delaware River!
September 7 2017
Well, well, well...
Read on dear readers...read on.
September 3 2017
LABOR DAY EDITION: Entrepreneurs on the River
Hey! Hot Dog Man!
Gimme two with some kraut and mustard.
Here's a nifty video of the Delaware River shot about 125 miles south of us.
Far, far, far below the area that the National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Congress
has designated where the river is "Scenic and Recreational".
Daytrippers enjoying the great outdoors down there declare that
The Delaware River..."better than the Caribbean!".
Click for full video!
Heck, I see more bald eagles than people kayaking or tubing on the beautiful
"Scenic and Recreational" Upper Delaware River on most stretches up here (and forget about those string bikinis in the video...wish there were!).
Well, you can't have everything but the fishing is mighty fine.
Enjoy...and tight lines!
August 28 2017
Well, right off the bat, Mark Freemyer nailed a dandy river smallmouth at the Narrowsburg / PA access
to start our float this afternoon.
The trip was the usual 5 mile stretch- Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River -
which has been very hot for the past month using 4" Senkos and Kei's
so why change when the sports are catching fish.
Water: Gin clear / 68 degrees / lowest levels and flow for at least a month+.
August 25 2017
All you need are Senkos.
Steven Goldfield with one of many legal Upper Delaware River bronzebacks he caught and released on this afternoon's
float trip south of Narrowsburg, New York on the Upper Delaware River.
August 24 2017
Coming to the Upper Delaware River on September 5th!
Word from Adam Bosch of NYC DEP yesterday is that as of September 5th, NYC will cut back all the water releases from
their reservoirs - Cannonsville, Pepacton and Neversink.
Cannonsville on the West Branch of the Delaware will be reduced from 500cfs to 275cfs
until early October when the release will be cut more.
You can read NYC DEP's complete press release here.
Sullivan County (NY) legislators have chimed in on this matter as well.
Here is their official letter to all the players.
This is an interesting policy change from NYCDEP since the total capacity for this date is currently: 89.5%
when historically it should be: 82.1%
So, right now, we're way above where we should be regarding water availability.
My guess is that they're cutting back due to cooler nights and shorter days thus the trout will not be in any danger
due to warm water but let's hear it for Chris Christie, lame duck governor of New Jersey.
New Jersey's inaction at the bargaining table with the other DRBC states to address the ongoing concern of the
Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP) since June 1st has accounted for this stalemate.
Christie's approval rating is now about 18%.
Nope. Make that 15%.
August 21 2017
For the many years that I've guided on this beautiful river, I've had the pleasure of taking fathers and son's
(and daughters) out on the water to learn to fish.
Yesterday, Meaghan DeCelie fished with me for smallmouth bass.
As you can see, back in 2002, Meaghan exhibited her angling skills with
her pink Barbie closed face spinning reel and her talents have gotten better throughout the years.
Meghan's now in college and I wish her a great year ahead.
Père et fille.
That's Frank, Meaghan's dad, and Meaghan after another successful float trip on the Upper Delaware River.
Time flies! I can't believe I've been guiding for 23 years...and with the same driftboat!
Frank and Meaghan - I wish you both light breezes and many tight lines for many many years to come!
August 18 2017
It was a pleasure to fish with you many times in 2016 and 2017.
Wishing you plenty of tight lines and light breezes.
August 17 2017
Jeff Doerner with a trophy 20 inch Upper Delaware River smallmouth.
Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River. A very hot stretch.
Today it was all Senkos.
Quadruple legal limit.
Dave Weinstein with one of many legal fish caught and released on this afternoon's float trip in the beautiful Upper
August 15 2017
John Pellegrino fished with me on this great stretch of water from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River
this afternoon and easily caught and released in excess of fifty smallmouth bass.
Scrappy AND Chunky.
Pound for pound, you just can't beat the Upper Delaware River smallmouth bass!
August 14 2017
The star of the show...the Upper Delaware River smallmouth bass!
Here with Kevin Kennedy on today's river float trip somewhere between Narrowsburg and Ten Mile River.
What a beautiful river bronzeback!
August 12 2017
A few nice wally for my man, Rick Carney, who brought home the bacon with this nice 'eye along with over forty smallmouth bass
on today's float trip south of Narrowsburg, New York on the beautiful Upper Delaware River.
Make it chartreuse.
Have confidence in what you throw.
August 11 2017
Shad fry are out.
Plenty of forage this year as the shadling head back down to the Atlantic and the smallmouth nail them in the skinnies.
Don't leave home without one (or two) of these patterns in late summer / early fall.
August 8 2017
THAT'S a good'un!
Great smallmouth conditions on the fabulous Upper Delaware River.
John Pellegrino with a nice bronzeback caught and released on today's river float trip.
Kei - Techs rule.
Works nice when the fish aren't hitting topwater.
With the excellent shad run this spring, they'll be plenty of 3 inch shadlings heading back down to the
Atlantic in the next eight weeks.
Try one and hold on.
July 28 2017
Here's savvy angler, young Dalton Miller, from the Buckeye State, who fished with me on today's float with his Pop.
Both father and son had never visited our beautiful river valley and spent a week camping out and exploring the Upper Delaware River.
The water is still stained to about 4 feet and has cooled down into the mid sixties. Last week it was in the upper 70's
before we got hit with heavy downpours especially upriver in Hancock and Deposit.
Still, all in all, a very good float from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River today with over 50 fish.
Senkos and Kei-Techs are all you need for a productive day.
July 21 2017
Roger Gaglione with one of 60 bronzebacks our boat caught and released on today's river
float from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River.
Great conditions with water temperatures in the mid 70's and good levels.
Freshwater Lobster Traps Set in The Big Eddy.
They'll be some mighty fine eating at our local restaurants with this farm to table delicacy.
July 11 2017
The Kids Are All Right.
Johnny Pellegrino fished with his Grand Dad on the beautiful Upper Delaware River today.
Our float trip
went from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River and both anglers caught and released in excess of fifty bass.
Superb conditions on the river right now for the bronzebacks. The water is clear, in the 70s and the levels are
Senkos and Kei-Techs are all you need for a productive day chasing these scrappy and fiesty fish.
The Upper Delaware River...Living The Dream® ™
July 1 2017
Here's Alan Kaufman with a dandy Upper Delaware River striped bass he caught and released on today's float trip from Narrowsburg to Ten Mile River.
Smallmouth conditions are superb.
Water temperature is 73, levels and flow are normal and the clarity is great.
Happy Fourth and tight lines!
The Upper Delaware River...Living The Dream® ™
June 22 2017
Summer's here folks!
Enjoy the river...but respect it.
June 17 2017
We still fish for the shad.
Jai Smith with one of seven shad he caught on the Soaring Eagle to Callicoon drift on the Upper Delaware River.
They were thick as thieves and fight like bonefish.
Helluva day on the Big D.
June 16 2017
Overcast and Drizzle...
...a perfect walleye day!
Jim Phillips with a nice fat Upper Delaware River walleye he caught and released
south of Kellams bridge on today's float.
A mixed bag for Jim - 9 brown trout, 1 rainbow, 1 shad, 1 walleye and a handful of smallmouth bass.
That's what we call a Big D. Grand Slam.
Looking south towards The Chutes.
There's no place like it.
The Upper Delaware River.
May 28 2017
They're still here...
Alan Kaufman with a nice Upper Delaware River shad at Ten Mile River late this afternoon.
Cool weather is keeping the water temperatures in the upper fifties to low sixties which is perfect for trout and shad.
May 27 2017
The wild Upper Delaware River rainbows!
Spots, coloration, proportions, strength...the jewels of the river!
The Maestro. Alan Kaufman with one of four wild Big D. 'bows that he caught and released on today's float trip
from Long Eddy to Callicoon, New York.
Overcast, no wind, water temperature was a cool 58 degrees for Memorial Day and the clarity is gin clear.
On paper, that's about a ten out of a ten.
Hatches, however were, weak. Caddis, sulphurs, Grey Fox and an occaisonal Drake but surface targets were few and
What we fight for.
What is at stake.
Excellent essay in The New York Times by Jeff Skelding of Friends of the Upper Delaware River.
Please read and distribute.
Deadline is May 31st...in four days.
Please call these folks that will decide the fate of water releases for your river.
Thank you and tight lines!.
May 23 2017
Who said that there's no trout south of Callicoon?
Here's a hefty 20 incher that John Pellegrino caught and released south of Narrowsburg. Yes, Narrowsburg on
today's float trip.
Great river conditions. Water was 58 degrees and the clarity and levels are excellent.
Cadddis, Sulphurs and a few March Browns.
#9 Railroad Bridge near Tusten Settlement.
The Upper Delaware River.
There's no place like it.
May 20 2017
More shad were caught on today's float trip from Long Eddy south to Callicoon on the Big D.
Here's Glenn Catanzariti with a nice American shad...
...along with a lanky 20 inch walleye.
Besides walleye and shad, Glenn was also into wild trout and smallmouth bass making the day's outing an Upper
Delaware River Grand Slam!
May 19 2017
Upper Delaware River American Shad
"The Poor Man's Salmon"
What a run it's been this year!
Probably the best shad run in over fifteen years!
Here's Kevin Kearsey with one of five shad he nailed north of Callicoon, New York on the Upper Delaware River on
our half day afternoon float trip.
What normal river levels and current flows looks like.
The green box....NOT the red box.
Great conditions right now on the Big D.
May 12 2017
Another day on the wild and wooly West Branch.
MORE big fish.
Richard Quigley, a veteran river angler, with a dandy wild brown that he caught and released this afternoon.
Hatches were sparser than yesterday with Caddis, Blue Quills and Hendrickson showing from 3:00 until 5:30pm.
Like father...like son!
Sean Quigley with another nice wild brown.
Richard and Sean caught over ten nice fish between them. All brownies except one rainbow.
A great man has passed.
Phil Chase - teacher, angler, conservationist, was one of the original advocates for clean water and cold water releases for the magnificent Upper
Delaware River wild trout fishery.
The river and those that love the Catskill / Upper Delaware River region have lost a true friend.
I will miss him very much.
His full obituary.
May 6 2017
A lot of water.
Take a look at the charts below.
40 Day USGS Chart for Callicoon, NY on the Upper Delaware River.
75% of the time the CFS levels were above the 40 year median. (Orange Triangles)
And on the West Branch?
92% of the time, CFS levels were above the 40 year median. (Orange Triangles)
40 Day USGS Chart for Hale Eddy on the West Branch of the Delaware River.
May 5 2017
O.K., good morning.
Let's start out with where we are for Friday May 5th 2017 with a series of factual charts.
Here are the current USGS stats for the Upper Delaware River system.
As you can see, all of the rivers are high at 7500cfs, fast and cold at 47 degrees.
In fact, the water in Callicoon has dropped more than 12
degrees since this past Monday. Why? A lot of rain and colder air temps.
Rivers will rise over the next few days. Why?
Because it's raining right now.
NYC DEP Reservoirs Levels
Both Cannonsville (WB Delaware River) and Pepacton (EB Delaware River) are over 100% and continue
to spill thus the river levels are not going down.
Radar for today - Friday, May 5th
More rain today (and tomorrow).
Callicoon - Water level...
High, fast current and rising.
Hale Eddy - Water level...
High, fast current and rising.
And, lastly, NOAA water level/ CFS projections.
High, fast current and rising.
...and for Hale Eddy on the West Branch.
High, fast current and rising.
Weather forecast for next week?
Cloudy and cool. That water temperature won't get over 52. and it will remain high.
May 1 2017
1 for 4
The guide went .250 today with plenty of targets of caddis, Hendrickson and Blue Quill.
You couldn't ask for better fishing conditions. Falling barometer before a storm, dead calm, overcast with humdity, water level the best its been
this spring and water temperature at 52.
From the monent I put the boat in the water at Callicoon Pool close to 3:00pm until about 5:30pm there were
targets and bugs.
I went 1 for 4.
The E/C Caddis nailed four fish this afternoon.
In fact, every fish caught on top this spring has been with that pattern!
T-Storms / Rain and a Strong Cold Front Coming
Strong winds tomorrow and Wednesday.
Fishing will shut down for a few days.
April 26 2017
Finally. 2017 Dry Fly on the Upper Delaware River Begins!
A nice wild Upper Delaware River brown that took an EC Caddis on top this afternoon in the Callicoon Pool.
Water temperature hit 54 degrees and the level is at 4500cfs. That's still a foot plus higher than normal due to reservoir spill,
release and feeders coming in.
Nonetheless, good hatches of Hendrickson, Blue Quill, various Caddis and EBS.
There's a nice Hendrickson perched on my sunglasses...
...wating to be eaten.
Great to back in Callicoon Pool!
April 20 2017
Early bird shad on the Upper Delaware River!
A nice silvery fat roe caught and released north of Callicoon, New York on the main stem
Upper Delaware River.
Surprising since the river has been high, bank full and running fast with water temperatures today hitting
54 degrees. See chart below.
30 Day USGS river level at Callicoon
As you can see the river has been running very high and fast for most of April due to the reservoirs at
Cannonsville (WB Del) and Pepacton (EB Del) being over 100% and spilling.
In addition, the Catskills has received a lot of rain as well as runoff from the 36 inches of snow
we received in mid March 2017.
April 8 2017
A handful of Early Black Stoneflies.
Hi - Viz.
On their way out the door.
Some Hi - Viz Parachutes tied up for a fly customer. The trout love 'em.
March 15 2017
Now I know what Andy Dufresne felt like digging out.
Narrowsburg got hit hard with 36 inches of snow.
Will be good for the water table and spring trout fishing.
March 4 2017
2017 World Fishing EXPO at Rockland County, NY
A nice crowd showed up for my seminars about the beautiful Upper Delaware River at the 2017
World Fishing EXPO in Suffern, New York.
November 22 2016
The 2016 International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset, NJ
Yours truly tying away and meeting new friends this past weekend.
The water is real cold and we're ready for winter hibernation and tying flies...
In the 30's.
Capacity at Cannonsville Resrrvoir (West Branch Delaware River) is now below 19%.
Let's hope for some decent snowpack this winter to refill those NYC reservoirs since they are now about 20% below where they should be for late November.
November 10 2016
November...and the water temperature is a cold 45 degrees!
Wild Upper Delaware Rainbow.
Jack Curley with a beautiful Big D. rainbow that he caught and released near Hankins on today's float trip.
October 10 2016
Upper Delaware River.
Looking towards New York and Callicoon at the Pennsylvania boat access.
Very low water.
USGS Chart for Callicoon on the Upper Delaware River
Levels and flow are way below the 40 year median. (orange triangles)
October 6 2016
20 inch Upper Delaware River smallmouth bass
Michelle Leddy caught and released this beauty south of Narrowsburg, New York on this afternoon's float trip.
Great fish Michelle!
Yes. The Ice Pupa (again).
This time in green.
They both work well.
Eel weir south of Narrowsburg, NY.
Low water levels. Probably the lowest in five years due to no rain and NYC cutting back reservoir releases.
September 27 2016
More rainbows for Earl.
North of Hankins, New York on the Upper Delaware River.
When in doubt...
...the ice pupa abides.
Available in green, grey and, as shown, tan.
September 25 2016
Nice wild Upper Delaware River 'bow.
Earl caught and released this chunky wild Main Stem UDR rainbow on today's float trip south of Long Eddy, NY.
Thus, try the following this fall in the fast riffles on the Upper Delaware River...
Bead head Isonychia CDC nymph. Size 12.
Need rain in the Catskills.
Pan shot of Ten Mile River south of Narrowsburg, New York
a tributary of the Upper Delaware River.
All of the Catskill / Pocono streams and feeders are very low and bony.
September 19 2016
An honest 16 inch fattie.
Right off the bat, Todd connected with this feisty river bronzeback and said:
"That's a good 'un!"
September 17 2016
Señor James Parilli with a nice 19 inch wild rainbow caught and released north of Callicoon today.
June 10 2016
The water temp topped out at 64 degrees by 6:00pm near Narrowsburg on the Big D.
Good buddies, The Maestro - Alan Kaufman - and yours truly with a dandy wild trout caught and released on today's float trip south of
Narrowsburg, New York.
And, yes....the water temperature ranged from 61 to 64 degrees - perfect for the wild bows!
Could be the high Sierras...
...but it's really the Catskills - only 2 hours northwest of NYC.
What a difference two weeks makes!
Eventhough we were targeting smallmouth bass, there were many bugs on our trip south of Narrowsburg yesterday with the water in the low to mid 60s.
Tan caddis, sulphurs and Isos.
May 27 2016
Upper Delaware River Heat Wave (Day 2)
Jim Phillips caught and released this buck shad right out of the gate this morning at Ten Mile River at the confluence of the main stem UDR a few miles
south of Narrowsburg, New York.
75 degrees at Callicoon, NY by day's end.
Too warm for trout. My cut off for trout is 68 degrees.
Time for smallmouth bass.
The political season heats up too along NYS Route 97.
Memorial Day 2016
We're at the first of the three day holiday weekends.
Stay cool, drive safe, drink plenty of liquids and remember those that gave of themselves and thank those that served for your freedom.
May 25 2016
When it's hot...
Give the trout a break.
John Burger with a nice buck shad caught and released at the confluence of Ten Mile River and the Upper Delaware River south of Narrowsburg, New York.
We're at the beginning of a heat wave which will last through Memorial Day weekend with afternoon highs in the upper 80's.
With no rain and a paltry NYC reservoir release of about 230cfs from Cannonsville, the main stem UDR is beginning to cook.
By day's end, the trout zone from Lordville, NY south to Long Eddy to Callicoon all had water temps in excess of 68 degrees.
Don't fish for trout when the water gets too warm. Give them a break and target smallmouth bass and shad instead.
6pm water temps and levels via USGS
Warm water from Lordville south due to NYC stingy release policy via FFMP (eventhough their reservoirs are at 99.6%!)
Green Drake emergence.
Mayflies do hatch south of Callicoon, New York.
May 22 2016
Callicoon, New York
Yes. It's quite a river.
Michael Silfen with a beautiful wild Main Stem Upper Delaware River wild brown caught on top at dusk in the Callicoon Pool.
Fly fishers seeking dry fly action will have to wait for the last 90 minutes before dark for risers.
Best times: 7:00pm until 8:30pm using #16 Suphurs - duns, cripples and spinners.
And at the end of the day fishing on the Upper Delaware River...what do you find?
Looking north to the Callicoon Bridge.
May 14 2016
Kris van Naerssen with a nice river walleye caught this afternoon north of Cochecton, New York on the main stem Upper Delaware River.
The river is bank high, water is in the grass, slight stain and is about 58 degrees.
May 13 2016
Please sir, may I have some...more?
This wild brown took the #16 BWO CDC Loop Wing Emerger which was trailed off a #12 Snowshoe Rabbit Rusty Spinner.
Now here's the thing.
I had broken off a take. Retied the same tandem rig. 30 minutes later in the same location - usually frog water of less than four feet -I threw
and fish took.
When I netted the fish - guess what?
My first rig was in his mouth!
Food glorious food!
Beautiful wild Upper Delaware River brown trout
May 8 2016
Memo to the Makeover & Branding Department..
May 2 2016
Hi - Viz Spinner.
We'll try this sweetie on the wild trout tomorrow evening as they cruise and sip the spinners in the film at the Callicoon Pool.
Catskill river levels have come up and are a bit stained from the heavy rainfall this morning.
It's just what the doctor ordered since the water clarity was too clear along with the bright sunny days we experienced for the better part of April.
Water temps have now dropped below 50 degrees at Callicoon and the main stem is bank full.
It promises to be a great week ahead to look for heads with the dry fly.
April 27 2016
A nice letter from a customer.
Wish I was there!
April 24 2016
March Browns! (and it's ONLY April 24th)
But...a sign of more to come.
2016 will go down in the books as a year in which we were about 2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
Big fat wild brown at White House Curve. Main Stem. Upper Delaware River.
Nice fish for John Creegan.
Walleyes on a bluebird bright day with gin clear water?
Mike Seltzer with one of four 'eyes caught and released today.
April 22 2016
Chunky Monkey...right before dark.
Current conditions on the river near Callicoon:
Water is 60 degrees, clarity is super clear, overcast with no wind
BUT where are the bugs?
Sparse hatches of caddis and the Hendos are finito for 2016.
I had to wait until the last half hour to have happy fish taking bugs on top and this guy whacked a #14 Snowshoe Rusty Spinner right before dark.
Snowshoe Rusty Spinner.
This is what they ate.
60 degrees by day's end at the Callicoon Pool with a 400+cfs release from Cannonsville.
WE NEED RAIN.
April 15 2016
Water Temp? 53 degrees.
This fat Upper Delaware River wild brown smashed a Snowshoe Breakout Hendo emerger this afternoon in the Callicoon Pool.
Hatches? Hendrickson, Caddis, EBS, Blue Quills after 2:00pm.
But, give 'em the emerger trailed off a dry on 5x and they'll take it.
April 13 2016
We'll give it a shot today up near Callicoon.
3:00pm. The water temp should be close to 50 degrees by then.
Here's an assortment of my arsenal of Hendricksons: Hackle Stacker, Hi - Viz, Snowshoe, Sparkle Dun, Red Quill Parachute - what a choice!
Like the deli counter at Zabar's!
April 12 2016
The Perfect Setup.
The charts have aligned.
Water temperatures this morning throughout the Upper Delaware system are 42 degrees.
With the warmer weather forecast for the balance of the week close to 70 (see chart below) this portends to be the first decent dry fly period of the Catskill year
since water temps will exceed 50 by the end of the day from Thursday through Sunday. With that, anglers should expect targets, heads, risers - eating dry flies -
hopefully a size 14 Hendo after 3:00pm.
Weather forecast for the Catskills.
Can't beat it - nice.
Warmer with no wind.
NYC Reservoir Storage.
With the 2+ inches we received last weekend Cannonsville Reservoir on the West Branch is now at 97.6% and filling since water is still coming in at Walton, NY.
This means that we've gone into a different FFMP table thus NYC is obliged to release more water into the West Branch.
Good news for all - we can all spread out.
April 10 2016
Always a good choice.
He's the man...the man with the midas touch.
Levels are receding but water temperature are still very cold.
BUT. It will be very good later this week into next weekend. Forecast is highs in the mid 60s with no wind.
Time for afternoon dryfly with water temps hopefully hitting the magic 50 degree mark.
Fly: Poo Pah - this time without the bead and using Sybai Flat Body Glass from the Czech Republic for the underbody.
Thanks to Joe Fox of Dette's in Roscoe, NY for carrying this product.
April 9 2016
Fly: Gib's Delight
Looped trailing shuck with egg sac.
Cold water. Too cold... USGS chart.
Brrrrrr....39 degrees water all along the Upper Delaware River system right now and it will be record cold tonight - in the 20's.
Wait a few days - or, more like next weekend.
April 7 2016
Friends of the Upper Delaware (FUDR) offiicial statement on the DRBC / RFAC April 5th meeting:
The Silence of the Lambs
Read the whole thing.
Kudos to FUDR but they're working against a stacked deck.
BUT LOOK...a silver lining!
We got RAIN...a driving rain for the Catskills! Screenshot below.
Exactly what we needed to replenish the reservoirs, raise the level and stir up the water.
This is a 2+ inch event for the Catskills today. Probably the most rainfall we've received in a month.
Thank you Mother Nature. NYC, NY, PA, NJ and DE might not have answered our rationale for more water but you , at least, answered our prayers.
Callicoon Creek rising after the rain.
A good way to measure how much rain we've received is to look at the USGS gage for a smaller stream like Callicoon Creek which is a trib to the Upper
As you can see on the graph, it shot up and has now registered a little less than a foot - or we received, so far, a little less than an inch of rainfall in the last 24 hours.
It hasn't crested yet so we'll check back later tonight.
Crest. Callicoon Creek.
Up about 1.8 feet in the last 24 hours or about two inches of rain.
All Catskill rivers are now rising - Beaverkill, West and East Branch and Main Stem.
Remember: The smaller tribs are first to go up after a rainfall and the first to go down.
March 29 2016
Cold front. North wind to 35mph.
The Upper Delaware River at the Ten Mile River public access this afternoon.
Well, the water temperature certainly dropped about six degrees from last week near Callicoon and will continue to chill since the
Catskills is due for below seasonal air temps for the next 10 days.
If the forecast is true, we're about two weeks off for any decent fly fishing on the Main Stem and West Branch.
We need to have water in the low 50's - consistently.
Note that NYC DEP has now cut the Cannonsville release to 377cfs.
Long range forecast through mid April 2016.
Cold and damp...but no significant rain is due.
March 25 2016
Late March...or early June?
Ten Mile River. About five miles south of Narrowsburg, New York.
The old stone arch bridge is visible to your left and the stream exits into Upper Delaware River.
Early June conditions for late March in the Catskills. The water is gin clear and at below normal levels.
Same boat. A LAVRO from the state of Washington. 22 years old. Look at that scumline.
She's served me well and I'm looking forward to another great year of fat wild trout and teeny weenie dry flies on the beautiful Upper Delaware River.
Letting the hair get long...
March 23 2016
Hi - Viz Hendos in size 14.
March 20 2016
After returning home from last week's four day fishing expo in Suffern, New York, I then drove to Trumbull, Connecticut to give an A/V seminar on the Upper Delaware River
to the Nutmeg Trout Unlimited group which was well received.
It was a nice attendance with about forty members on hand on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday, I came back again to Narrowsburg to fill a few fly tying orders.
Top to bottom:
All Hendrickson variations.
Snowshoe, Red Quill, Hi-Viz, Hackle Sacker and Sparkle Dun.
In April, I'll give one more A/V seminar to the Hacklebarney Trout Unlimited group in Whippany, New Jersey.
March 14 2016
Set Up - The 2016 Suffern Fishing EXPO
Good friends, Fred and Andy Stabbert of The Sullivan County Democrat.
Here we go!
My booth at the Rockland Fishing EXPO in Suffern, New York.
Photos, photos and more photos of happy anglers.
Pan shot of the aisle at the fishing show.
We had steady crowds for the four days the show opened which was Thursday through Sunday, March 10 through 13.
Most folks asked what kind of spring season we would have since the Catskills had no snowpack this winter.
In fact, it was close to 75 degrees when the show
opened on Thursday and a old client was nice enough to get me a frosty brew.
Many old customers stopped by and it was a pleasure meeting and answering various questions about fishing opportunities to newcomers.
Fred Stabbert, publisher of the Sullivan County Democrat
, stopped by my booth with his son, Andrew, to say hello...
and also to buy me a nice cold beer since my throat was parched
and it was still toasty in the fieldhouse on Friday.
Fred is a great guy that I've know for over 25 years who's also a terrific angler and is also passionate about the Upper Delaware River region.
March 8 2016
The Granddaddy of the fishing sport shows is this Thursday!
Right off the NYS Thruway at Exit 14B at the Rockland County College Fieldhouse.
If you're at the show, please stop by my booth and say hello and also be sure to pick up a FREE issue of the Catskill - Delaware Spring 2016 issue full of great fishing articles.
See you at the show!
March 1 2016
Q: What's the total NYC Reservoir Storage for this date?
A:We are 10% above where we should be for March 1st.
So...let's DUMP that water!
And NYC is dumping the limit of 1,500cfs from Cannonsville Reservoir on the West Branch of the Delaware River.
February 28 2016
Cabelas. Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Mid way bewteen Allentown and Harrisburg on I-78.
Interior shot of the Cabelas in Hamburg. A huge store.
Aquarium, mounts from all over the world, restaurant, kayaks, clothing, tackle, gear...
250,000 square feet of goodies!
Cabelas had invited me to their annual "Captain's Weekend" to give seminars on fishing the Upper Delaware River over the weekend as well
as tying some of my fly patterns.
The Rockland Fishing EXPO will be held from Thursday March10 through Sunday March 13 at the Fieldhouse of RCC in Suffern, New York.
If you're at the show please stop by my booth at #925 and say hello.
I'll have a few issues of the new Spring 2016 Catskill - Delaware magazine which
is chock full of fishing articles about our region for all who attend the show.
February 26 2016
The Big Eddy
Upper Delaware River. Narrowsburg, NY
Ice Out. (Last year the ice went out on April 4th so we're about six weeks ahead of 2015.)
NYC Reservoir Storage?
Cannonsville is at 94.5%
Pepacton is at 89.3%
Total storage for February 26th is now: 94.8 % and normal storage for this date is: 87.2%
February 25 2016
Today's river chart.
All Catskill / Delaware River rivers and streams are rising today after the region receieved anywhere from 3 to 4 inches of rain yesterday.
I would think Cannonsville Reservoir will come close to spilling in the next few days.
I'll post the NYC DEP data when it becomes available.
Beaverkill USGS Chart.
And the old Beaverkill at Cooks Falls shot up about 6 feet in 12 hours.
This rain event will flush any residual snowpack (which we didn't have much of) and ice out to sea.
February 18 2016
Current map. The Catskills / Upper Delaware River Valley is in the red box.
None. No snow in open areas and less than an inch in shady areas.
The rain washed it all away.
The long range weather forecast for the balance of February.
Air temps normal with very little precipitation.
NYC DEP snow survey for 2/17/16.
ZERO snowpack for the Catskill / Delaware watershed at their reservoirs.
NYC Reservoir Storage.
Cannonsville on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Getting close to 90% with about 6 weeks left until April.
I think it will spill this in April and/or May if we have a normal late winter / early spring.
Also, combined NYC reservoir water storage is currenly above the historical averages for this date.
February 17 2016
How much rain?
From the Narrowsburg Bridge - looking north.
Beaverkill went from 2 feet to 6+ feet in 12 hours.
About 3+ inches of rain fell in the Catskills yesterday and with it washed out most of the remaining snowpack in the hills.
And, looking south.
Open channel from the heavy rain yesterday is pushing the ice downstream.
Ice breaking up in The Big Eddy.
February 16 2016
More Rain (NOT snow)! And, it's February in the Catskills!
It's Feburary in the Catskills...and it's raining. Almost 50 degrees after the deep freeze we received over the weekend with air temps below zero.
Moderate to heavy rain today. Doppler radar above.
We have received far more rain than snow this winter. My guess when all is said and done? Close to one to one and a half inches of rain.
NYC Reservoir Levels. Note that this screen grab is from February 12th - not today.
After today's rain, my guess is that Cannonsville Reservoir on the West Branch of the Delaware River will be close to 90% full.
February 13 2016
Seven U.S. Presidents Who Fished
Tonight at 9pm on CBS!
That's Ike second from left with a stringer of pike before "Catch - Photograph and Release" became the ethical thing to do to conserve our resource.
More G.O.P. debates!
Real feel with wind chill in Narrowsburg, NY today is about 15 below.
No snow however. I'd say we have less than an inch on the ground.
A good day to tie up a few E/C Caddis for a new order that I received this past week.
Gotta love this pattern for the wild trout on the Upper Delaware River. Last year, this fly pattern first created by Ralph Cutter out in the Sierras
back in the 1980's wacked those fish silly up and down the Big D - from Hancock to Callicoon!
By the way, our wild rainbows on the Upper Delaware River were imported from northern California - the McCloud River - back in the 1880's to be exact
so I figured why not try a Western pattern like the E/C or, for that matter, Bob Quigley's Hackle Stacker and our wild trout are nailing them with gusto.
Available in #12, #14 and #16.
February 9 2016
Upper Delaware Council for 2016
Group photo of the 2016 UDC members.
Article from the Sullivan County Democrat.
Upper Delaware Council members after their meeting last Thursday. Newly sworn-in members seated from the left:
Vice-Chairperson Jeffrey Dexter, Chairperson Fred Peckham, and Secretary-Treasurer Alan Henry.
First row standing from the left: Zoriana Gingold, Susan Sullivan, Debra Conway, Tony Ritter, Timothy Dugan, and Jeff Haas.
Third row standing from the left: Aaron Robinson, Steven Tambini, Andy Boyar, Bill Rudge, Kristina Heister, Larry H. Richardson,
David Dean, Jim Greier, and Harold G. Roeder, Jr. Representatives of UDC members Westfall Township, PA
and Lackawaxen Township, PA were absent from the meeting.
February 7 2016
Superbowl Sunday...and still no snowpack for the Catskills / Upper Delaware River.
We're in the red box.
February 3 2016
We got rain.
Doppler radar for the northeast.
We (in the red box) are getting moderate rainfall in the Catskills today.
They had forecast 1 to 2 inches for us but my guess is that it will be closer to an inch. As you can see the heavy stuff (yellow in map) went to the south of the Catskills.
More precip is better than no precip to fill the NYC reservoirs and my guess is when all is said and done, Cannonsville will be over 86% - way ahead of the storage at this time last year.
February 2 2016
Groundhog Day (and Phil didn't see his shadow)
Jonas is but a distant memory and all of the ground in the eastern seaboard will be bare after we get some rain tomorrow.
For the Catskills? They're expecting afternoon temps near 50 degrees.
Here's the data I received from NYC DEP of their snow survey data for 2/2/16. Hot off the presses.
Compare the actual snow (zero BG) to the historical BG for this date.
NYC Reservoirs Levels.
Cannonsville is over 80% which is good for early February.
My guess is that it will spill by late March / early April since we are bound to get either rain and/or snow in the next 8 to 10 weeks.
January 31 2016
Somerset. The 2016 Fly Fishing Show.
The man - Joe Humphries.
87 years young demonstrating the Tuck Cast (Squeeeeeeeeeze...) at this year's Fly Fishing Show.
In sum, Somerset was packed. From when the doors opened on Friday 9:00am to late this afternoon it was non-stop.
Kudos have to go to Chuck and Ben Furimsky and their whole staff for making this expo THE best show in the country - bar none.
On display was merchandise from gear to boats to clothes to books to you name it!
If it has to do with fly fishing - it's at this show.
Outfitters, Fly Tiers, Rod Makers - but what make this show special is all the interesting educational seminars and demonstrations that
occur round the clock for three days. Incredible.
Thank you Joe for all the knowledge you have gathered from flyfishing, which you, in turn, have shared with all of us - beginner or advanced - that love this sport.
You are a great teacher and ambassador.
January 28 2016
4 Days After Jonas
Today's snow cover. Nothing in the Catskills. Bone dry. The forecast for this coming Sunday through next week is highs in the 40's and it's late January.
Off to Somerset, New Jersey for the 2016 Fly Fishing Show. I will be tying my patterns all days in the Fly Tiers aisle.
Stop by and say hello!
January 27 2016
Pine Tree Eddy on the Upper Delaware River in Cochecton, New York
A pan shot of the Upper Delaware River taken earlier today. Left is south, right is north and across the river is Pennsylvania with no snow cover.
January 26 2016
No Snow in the Catskills (and it's late January)!
No snow whatsoever on Fireman's Field (left photo) in Narrowsburg, New York this afternoon. The white you see is ice on the river.
At the NYS DEC river access (middle photo). Looking across to Pennsylvania - there's no snowpack on the shady elevations.
The Big Eddy on the Upper Delaware River. Open water to the south but the ice in the eddy is only a few inches thick and not safe to walk on.
43 degrees this afternoon and more above seasonal air temps are forecast for next week.
January 25 2016
Jonas The Blizzard.
Well, not much snow for the Catskills / Upper Delaware region as the before and after maps show below.
When all was said and done, Narrowsburg, NY, in western Sullivan County got less then an inch whereas two hours to the south and west, New York City
got 26 inches in Central Park - almost a record.