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Monday, April 05, 2010

Upper Delaware Early Spring Fishing Report

The Upper Delaware trout season is on!  Early season waters are still too high for safe wading and the water temperatures on the USGS gauges are still reading in the low 40's.  Fishing has been a boat game with streamers the most productive early season high water fly and technique.  The only wading is on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc where it still can be a bit tricky.  

Barring any significant rainfall, look for the water on the West Branch of the Delaware to quickly drop,  The current water flow management plan is dictating heavy reservoir releases until the reservoir stops spilling.

Early stoneflies in the size 12 range are hatching as are some charcoal caddis.  I've heard reports of blue quills along with small olives in the #18 range and even some Hendricksons, but not much surface activity in the cold water.

Keep updated with real-time data on select Upper Delaware River Water Flow Gauges 

Part of this week's weather forecast is still for unseasonably high temperatures into the low 80's. Thunder storms are expected to move in by Thursday and continue into Friday.  By Friday night we could see some snow showers as temperatures fall into seasonable ranges again dropping into the upper 20's by Saturday night.