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Saturday, December 30, 2006


DEC Adopts Emergency Regulation to Help Prevent Spread of VHS to Additional New York State Waters

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today the filing of an emergency regulation to help prevent the spread of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) virus to additional waters in the State. The regulation, which takes effect immediately, limits the release, possession, and taking of certain bait and other live fish species. VHS is a pathogen of fish and does not pose any threat to public health.

VHS was first confirmed in New York waters in May 2006 in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and has now also been confirmed in several fish species in Great Lakes basin waters in New York State and other states. Once a fish is infected with VHS, there is no known cure. Because of the fatal virus's ability to spread, and potential impact on fisheries, recreation, and the economy, the World Organization of Animal Health has categorized VHS as a transmissible disease with the potential for profound socio-economic consequences.

VHS can be spread from water body to water body through a variety of means, not all of them known at this point. One known mechanism is through the movement of fish, including bait fish. DEC, in cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, is sampling waters across the State, including all waters used as sources of brood stock for DEC hatchery activities, to help determine how far the disease has spread in New York.

A Federal Order was issued on October 24, 2006, by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an effort to prevent the spread of VHS to other waters and to protect economically important sport fisheries and aquaculture. The Federal Order prohibits the importation of certain species of live fish from Ontario and Quebec and the interstate movement of the same fish species from eight states bordering the Great Lakes. The Federal Order was amended on November 14, 2006 to allow interstate movement of fish species provided the fish have been tested and certified free of VHS based on testing procedures implemented on the state level. Information on the Federal Order can be found on the APHIS website at www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/aqua/ .

The Federal Order does not address the movement of fish within New York State. In-state movement of fish for use as bait or for stocking could spread VHS in New York and cause significant adverse impacts to the State's fish resources. Therefore, in order to protect New York's valuable fishery resources, DEC has adopted emergency regulations to:

  • Prohibit the commercial collection of bait fish from waters of the State where VHS has been detected. The rule amends State regulations by removing certain waters impacted by VHS from the list of specially designated waters that allow bait fish to be taken for commercial purposes. A list of waters being removed is attached;
  • Limit the personal possession and use of bait fish. The rule limits the number of bait fish that may be possessed to a total of 100, as well as restricts the use of bait fish for personal use to the specific water from which it was collected. This rule does not pertain to the possession of bait fish in the Marine District; and
  • Require live fish destined for release into the waters of the State to be inspected by certified professionals and be certified to be free of VHS and other serious fish diseases. The rule prohibits the placement of live fish into the waters of the State (including possessing, importing and transporting live fish for purposes of placing them into the waters of the State) unless accompanied by a fish health inspection report issued within the previous 12 months. For all species of freshwater fish, a fish health inspection report shall certify that the fish are free of VHS, Furunculosis, Enteric Red Mouth, Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus, Spring Viremia of Carp Virus, and Heterosporis. For salmon and trout, the fish health reports must also certify that the fish are free of Whirling Disease, Bacterial Kidney Disease, and Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHN). The fish health reports must be issued by an independent, qualified inspector, as well as conform with specific testing methods and procedures.

The emergency regulations became effective today - November 21, 2006. Text of the regulation is available at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/propregs/ on the DEC website. Hard copies of the rulemaking can also be requested from DEC by writing to: Shaun Keeler, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4750; or by calling DEC at (518) 402-8920.

While the emergency measure is in place, DEC will proceed with proposing these amendments as a permanent rulemaking. Publication in the State Register on December 6, 2006, will initiate a 45-day public comment period, concluding on January 22, 2006. During this time, the public may email comments by accessing www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/propregs/ on the DEC website. Comments can also be mailed to Shaun Keeler, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4750 .

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Fly Tying Tips and Tools

Fly Tying Tips and Tools
By: Peter Roberts

Tying your own flies can be very rewarding and relaxing. It also has another benefit in giving you something to do if you are unfortunate to live where the rivers are frozen in winter, or fly fishing is closed for some months each year.

The tools are simple. You could make most of them yourself, however it would be best for beginners to buy at least a fly tying vice. There have been over the years quite a number of different vice types manufacturered. In my opinion, the cam type of vice is the easiest to use. This is a vice that has a cam lever to open and close the jaws. It's adjustable to various angles and hook sizes. Quick and easy to open and close.

The next thing to get your hands on are some hackle pliers. These are also a cheap spend, but really worthwhile. They are a little difficult to make a pair yourself.

Apart from these items, you'll need a pair of curved scissors with sharp points and another set with small straight blades. You probably could also do with a needle that is pushed into a stick. This is for fixing hakkles that have been inadvertantly wound under. You can also use it for putting laquer onto the finished head.

What sort of hooks should you use? My advice is to not fall for the trap of using any old hook. Buy proper fly hooks. These have a tapered shank and are usually hollow ground. These are lighter than normal hooks, a real advantage in dry flies.

The tapered shank lets the head, especially the eye of the fly be tied tighter and smaller. When you consider the work involved in tying a fly, why waste effort on the wrong hook. If you make a mistake, all you need to do is cut the fly off the hook and start again.

Something you could consider these days is the opportunity of actually buying a complete fly tying set. These sets cost only around $50 or so. They have vices, scissors, pliers, hooks and all the feathers and fur you need to get started. Some even come with videos or DVD's.

Whichever way you go, it is a cheap way to spend many an hour, in preparation of catching your next bag of fish. The satisfaction of catching your next trout on a fly you tied yourself is imeasureable.

Author Bio

Staff writer at fly-fishing-library.com Fly fishing site strictly for enthusiasts, with informative articles updated regularly.
Article Source: www.ArticleGeek.com

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Public-Trust Ownership of Rivers

There is still much confusion regarding ownership of thousand of miles of rivers in the United States, and about the types of activities that are legal on that river, under the "Public Trust Doctrine" of law.

The only organization that I know of whose focus is on achieving public-trust ownership of rivers, conserving rivers through public-trust ownership, and ensuring the public's legal rights to enjoy rivers is the National Organization for Rivers (NORS).

The mission of the
National Organization for Rivers is to confirm public-trust ownership of rivers, by getting river navigability law applied in actual practice, on rivers both large and small. NORS is working to conserve natural rivers, and to confirm your legal rights to canoe, kayak, raft, fish, walk along, and otherwise visit rivers, in non-consumptive ways.

Check them out and, if you'd like to continue fishing the public places where you currently do, please consider joining them.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fall Smallmouth Bass Action Ready to Begin

The cooling temperatures and shorter days of September and October signal the height of the smallmouth bass fishing on New York and Pennsylvania's Upper Delaware River.

Well known as a wild trout fishery, the Upper Delaware is also an excellent smallmouth bass fishery. All spring, fly fishermen from throughout the East travel to the Upper Delaware River hoping to catch a few of the hard fighting wild rainbows or browns that make the river their home. On their way, many fishermen drive by another stretch of the river that has its own challenging wild fishery. The area is between Narrowsburg and Port Jervis, NY.

This stretch of the Delaware encompasses over thirty miles of prime smallmouth habitat and is part of the nearly seventy-five mile long Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. The most use this part of the river sees is by recreational canoes and rafters who enjoy its swifter currents and relative remoteness from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The greatest fishing pressure this part of river sees is during May when fishermen are chasing American shad.

Joe Demalderis of Cross Current Guide Service is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide who enjoys the challenge of light tackle and fly fishing for smallmouth on the Upper Delaware. Floating the river in a sixteen-foot ClackaCraft drift boat is the perfect way to experience the fun and excitement of smallmouth fishing.

Cross Current Guide Service prides itself with always having premium tackle available for their clients to use, or of course, anglers are always welcome to bring their own. The same tackle you use for trout is suitable for smallmouth. In fly rods, nine foot six and seven weights are ideal. But anything from a five to eight weight will do the job.

So, grab your fly or spinning rod and enjoy a day in the autumn foliage catching some feisty smallmouth bass.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Outdoor Recreation Participation Study

Boulder, CO, June 19th, 2006 — Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIF) announced today the availability of its most recent Outdoor Recreation Participation Study. According to this study, 161.6 million Americans, aged 16 and older, participated in at least one of 22 active outdoor activities tracked in the study during 2005.

"Outdoor Industry Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the 2006 Outdoor Recreation Participation Study," said Michelle Barnes, Foundation Vice-President. "The study shows that Americans' participation in active outdoor recreation remains strong. Despite concerns that the severe weather of 2005 would hinder outdoor recreation, participation did not decline; in fact 2 million more Americans got outdoors and got active last year."

This is the 8th edition of the annual report, which tracks nationwide participation levels for Americans ages 16 and older in 22 active outdoor activities. OIF began tracking participation in 1998 measuring 13 core activities including: backpacking; bicycling on paved roads, dirt, and single track bicycling; car camping and camping away from car; canoeing; cross country/Nordic skiing; hiking; rafting; snowshoeing; Telemark skiing; and trail running. Since the study began, OIF has added 9 additional activities including: bird watching; climbing on natural rock; artificial wall climbing; ice climbing; fly-fishing; non-fly fishing; sit-on-top kayaking; touring/sea kayaking; and whitewater kayaking. For the first time in 2005, participation data for hunting and motorized off-road activities was also collected.

Key Findings

While participation increased across the 22 outdoor activities from 159 million Americans age 16 and older in 2004 to 161.6 million in 2005, outings decreased by 11%. In 2005, Americans 16 and older took a total of 7.3 billion outings compared to 8.3 billion outings in 2004. Bicycling and fishing accounted for the bulk of that decline, with an approximate 800,000 and 300,000 outing decrease respectively. Despite that, both these sports ranked among the top five for most outings in 2005: bicycling (3.1 billion), trail running (1.3 billion), fishing (1 billion), hiking (800 million), and camping (347 million). The median number of total annual outings (all activities) declined from 51 in 2004 to 45 in 2005, and the majority of people participated only one to two times during the year.

Overnight backpacking's dramatic 22.5% decline in participation over the past eight year period and the significant increase in snowshoeing (83%) and trail running (22%) participation indicate that individuals are looking for less commitment-heavy activities. Instead, activities that can be done occasionally and without great planning effort seem to be on the rise.


"The Outdoor Recreation Participation Study confirms trends that emerged last year: participants are focusing on low-commitment activities, especially those that can be done in a day, in locations near their homes and with limited technical equipment," commented Barnes. "The industry will benefit from focusing on this type of outdoor recreation as gateways to higher-commitment outdoor activities."

In 2005, there were a number of notable weather events in the U.S. � hurricanes in the South Central region, bitter cold winter in the Northeast, late snow in the Midwest, no snow in the Pacific Northwest, and good snow in the southern Rockies. This weather was likely a contributing factor to both changes in participation and outings: in 2004, biking participants took an average of 45 outings compared to 36 outings in 2005, possibly kept away by a strong hurricane season and bitter cold; sit-on-top kayaking increased 34.4% from 2003 and 22.4% from 2004, helped by full rivers from the heavy snow run-off; fly-fishing declined 19.9% in 2005 when too much snow run-off and a bad hurricane season made conditions less than desirable.

Outdoor/adventure vacations continued to grow in popularity and within that category, water-sport vacations are increasing. In 2005, one in four Americans 16 and older (59.5 million) took a vacation specifically to participate in an outdoor activity. Top vacation outdoor activities include: swimming (20%), hiking/backpacking (18%), fishing (14%) and camping vacations (14%). More Americans are participating in water-sports vacations such as swimming in 2005 (20%) than in 2003 (15%). Participation in camping vacations is also greater in 2005 (14%) than it was in 2003 (11%). The baby-boomers are making their mark on outdoor/adventure travel � one-third of active travelers are over the age of 45.

Participation in outdoor activities by young adults and women is watched closely in this annual study. In 2005, 86.5% of American young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 participated in tracked activities. These young adults took 21.7 billion total outings in 2005 and participated in an average of 4.2 different activities. Total outings per young adult have declined from 68 average outings annually in 2004 to 60 outings in 2005. As for women, participation among female Americans ages 16 and older remained stable from 2004 (63.7% or 73.2 million American women) to 2005 (64.2% or 74.5 Million American women). Like young adults, however, female participants, on average, took fewer outings in 2005 (28.4) than in 2004 (38.3).

A full copy of the Outdoor Recreation Participation Study, which was produced for OIF by The Leisure Trends Group, can be downloaded from the OIF website at http://www.outdoorindustryfoundation.org. An Executive Summary of the Report can be found at http://www.outdoorindustryfoundation.org/pdf/ParticipationStudy2006.pdf

About Outdoor Industry Foundation

Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIF) is a non-profit foundation established by Outdoor Industry Association to encourage active outdoor recreation for all Americans. OIF's charter is to increase participation in outdoor recreation and to encourage and support healthier active lifestyles. Through education, partnerships, programs and advocacy, OIF is working to make active outdoor recreation the number one leisure activity in America. We invite you to join us on this important mission by making a long term commitment to the health of our industry, our public lands, and our nation. For more information go to http://www.outdoorindustryfoundation.org
or call 303.444.3353.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Less Protection For Wild Trout

The NY Department of Conservation and the PA Fish and Boat Commission have decided to allow a greater harvest of the wild trout of the Delaware River System. They have done this by extending the season where uncaring anglers can kill fish. The extension is during the spawning period for brown trout. This has been done on a river that Trout Unlimited lists as one of the top 100 trout streams in the country.

I had sent my comments opposing this rule change to the PA Fish and Boat Commission and asking for further restrictions on harvest during the public comment period prior to the rule change. The Fish and Boat Commission replied to my letter, but at the meeting of the commissioners it was stated by the commission employees in charge that no public comment was received! This is after they replied to my comments in writing!

Please contact the PA Fish and Boat Commission to voice your opposition to this rule change: PFBC Email

Also, contact the NY DEC at: fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

It's time we took back our fisheries.

Friday, April 07, 2006

A Little About the Delaware River

The Delaware is the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi. It's 330 miles long starting at the junction of the East and West Branches at Hancock, N.Y. to the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

Three different stretches of the Delaware are included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The first stretch is 73 miles long from the junction of the river's East and West Branches at Hancock, N.Y. downstream to Milrift, PA. The second stretch is 40-miles long and starts just south of Port Jervis, N.Y. and continues downstream to the Delaware Water Gap near Stroudsburg, PA. The Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, was began on November 1, 2000, and added another 65 miles of the Delaware linking the Delaware Water Gap and Washington Crossing, PA , just north of Trenton, N.J. These three streches of river add up to about three-quarters of the non-tidal section of the Delaware River.

The West Branch, East Branch and the Upper Main Stem are generally what is referred to as the Upper Delaware River System. To learn more about this part of the river click here

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Fly Fishing is Only a Short Train Ride From NYC

Fly Fishing is Only a Short Train Ride From NYC's Penn Station
City bound sports people are only a train ride away from Manhattan to the trout steams of New York State's Catskill Mountains. The Neversink River, long considered the birthplace of fly fishing in America, the Beaverkill, Willowemoc and the Delaware are all within easy reach of the city dwelling angler looking to get away for a day of fly fishing.

(PRWEB) March 18, 2006 -- It is now possible for urban fly fishers to leave the city in the morning and return the same evening while enjoying a day of fly fishing on some of the country's legendary rivers and streams.
Penn Station or Grand Central is the start of a commuter length train ride that leaves the angler at the doorstep of the Catskills. This makes it easy for today's busy executive or professional to grab a day in the outdoors, where before the travel arrangements and planning made such a jaunt at least a two day affair causing many anglers to forgo the pleasures and renewed enthusiasm a day fishing can bring.

Fly fishing by train is the idea of Cross Current Guide Service, a fly fishing guide service serving New York and Pennsylvania. Joe Demalderis, owner and also an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guide came up with the idea after hearing from several clients that it was too bad there wasn't a train from the city to the rivers. Too often their busy schedules didn’t allow for more than a quick one day visit to the rivers and rail transportation would allow for a convenient and time productive way to do it.

This small remark grew into the idea to meet urban fly fishers at the Middletown, NY or Beacon, NY train station and embark on a fun filled day of fly fishing some of the top trout streams in America. The client is then returned to the train station in the evening for their ride back to the city. One of the nice things about this train ride is that it's traveling opposite the commuter traffic affording uncrowded travel in both directions.

With convenient travel, great trout fishing, and a top rated fishing guide service, there is little reason left for the urban fly fisherman not to escape at least once during the May through mid October fishing season.

For more information on fly fishing the Catskills visit: www.FlyFishTheDelaware.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bass Fishermen vs. Trout Fishermen

"Bass fishermen watch Monday night football, drink beer, drive pickup trucks and prefer noisy women with big breasts. Trout fishermen watch MacNeil-Lehrer, drink white wine, drive foreign cars with passenger-side air bags and hardly think about women at all. This last characteristic may have something to do with the fact that trout fishermen spend most of the time immersed up to the thighs in ice-cold water."
- New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 1994

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Summer Strategies for the Delaware River

Sometime during the dead of winter or maybe really early in the spring, we start getting restless for the beginning of the season. I say “the season” because as trout anglers we all know exactly what we mean. There is no other season. Early stoneflies, blue quills, Hendicksons, March browns, green drakes, brown drakes, cornutas, sulphers, shad flies, apple caddis… you get the picture. Sweet!
The explosion of life that takes place right in front of our eyes during those first six weeks of each season is really impressive. Fishermen also seem to be hatching everywhere! Then late June arrives. Fewer anglers; the Glory Hatches are over... or are they?
When we enter the summer months the names of the bugs change, but the place remains the same. Now we need to change our tactics in order to be successful. Wild fish know enough to move into better habitat, call it their summer homes. They adjust their feeding activity to avoid predators and at the same time capitalize on the available food supply.
As a tailwater, the Delaware is supplied with cold clean water throughout the months when most other eastern trout fisheries are put on hold until the cooling days of autumn. True, sometimes we don’t receive the amount of water we’d like or sometimes even too much, if there is such a thing, but in any event, the fishing remains worthwhile if you match your efforts to the conditions.
Too often the lower reaches of the river become warm and unfishable. This includes much of the East Branch, Main Stem and the lower portions of the West Branch. Now it becomes time to do what the trout do; seek out colder water. This time of year your most important piece of equipment is a stream thermometer.
In our search for colder water and the fish that call it home, the best strategy is to get closer to the source. Moving up river until we find water in the low sixties and colder should do the trick. During severe heat waves and minimal reservoir releases, this is from approximately the New York State Line and higher on the West Branch, and often in the shadow of the dam on the East Branch.
Time of day is another important consideration. During no or little water release periods, the mornings and evenings are cooler, and the low light conditions make the trout feel a little more secure from predators. When the reservoir is releasing water, 500 CFS or more, everything changes. Insect activity increases and the higher flows and abundant food supply bring out the fish throughout the day.
Tackle selection and fly pattern style differ little from earlier in the season. A nine foot, four, five, or six weight still work fine. You may want to lean more towards the fours and fives and maybe a little softer tip to protect the lighter tippets. Spools of 5X, 6X, & 7X and an assortment of dry flies and nymphs take care of the terminal end.
A dry fly box stuffed with olives, sulfurs, caddis, Cahills, flying ants, beetles, tricos, isonychias, and spinners of the same will take care of the surface action. For subsurface, nymphs and wet flies you’ll want to have an assortment of bead head pheasant tails, regular pheasant tails, partridge and yellows, partridge and greens, isonychia nymphs, zug bugs, princes, and caddis pupa.
The best part about summertime fishing on the Delaware is that autumn fishing has yet to come. See you on the river… Cross Current Guide Service
Copyright 2005 Joe Demalderis

Drift Boat Etiquette

In its simplest form, etiquette is nothing more than doing the right thing at the right time for a particular situation. Some of these rules have been written down, but most have not. So without a formal written code how do we know the correct conduct for a particular situation? Well, pretty much it comes down to a few easy tests.

The first consideration is to ask, how would we want to be treated in the same situation? The second is plain old common sense. I’ll try to relate this to fishing situations so everyone can have a pleasant experience while on the water. A quick list of the unwritten “rules of the road” as they apply to waders and boaters, or maybe better said, waders vs. boaters!

Let’s start at the boat ramp. Often you won’t be alone in wanting to launch a boat. Other fishermen with drift boats, canoes, kayaks or pontoons will have the same idea as you. To keep everything running smoothly it’s important that everyone respect their place in line and their time on the ramp. 

Have your boat rigged and loaded before you back down on the ramp. If you’re not ready and there are others waiting it’s okay to let them ahead of you. Get your boat in the water and then move it to the side so others can launch. If there’s current, the downstream side of the ramp is a better choice so as not to interfere with others as you start underway. When in doubt, ask someone.

Now you’re fishing, and low and behold, there’s a guy wading, now what? The best thing is to go behind him, causing minimum disturbance as you do. Don’t dip your oars unless it’s to maintain control of your boat. If the water is too shallow to float, quietly get out of the boat and as quiet as possible, walk your boat behind him. Do not fish the water as you go by. It’s just plain rude, and you’ll be down river soon enough to start fishing again. The wade fisherman always has the right of way.

Sometimes you have a situation where there isn’t enough room to go behind the other angler. There are several options here. First, if the section of river is wide enough, you can hug the opposite bank as long as you are well out of the water he’s fishing. Another option is to pass close to him on the center river side, but only after letting him know of your plan. If he objects, get out and drag the boat behind him. Wade fishermen are allowed to step back toward the bank to let a boat through so the boat doesn't disturb the water they're fishing, and most will in tight situations. There’s nothing wrong with friendly communication.

Okay, you got through that situation. Now you come upon another vessel ahead of you. If the other boat is anchored and obviously fishing toward the right, pass far on the left. The reverse is also true. If you can’t tell, or aren’t sure, just ask what side you can pass on. Always give as wide a berth as possible.

If the boat is underway and drift fishing, pass on the opposite side that they’re fishing, again giving as wide a berth as possible. The wide berth will keep you out of their back cast and you from getting hooked. Keep in mind that the vessel being overtaken always has the right of way. This is the law and has nothing to do with etiquette. 

Once you pass the other boat, don't cut in front of him and start fishing. Go down river a long way, even to the next pool of riffle before you start fishing. If you wanted to fish that water you should have held your boat back and fished behind them.

Never jump in on anyone’s fish unless invited. Don’t even ask. Just go find some different fish. Don’t anchor in casting range of anyone else. Since you don’t know how far anyone can cast, assume it to be a fly line length. When you anchor, do it quietly and when it’s time to move on, leave quietly too. Never put down the fish you were fishing to. Let the next guy have a crack at them.

Be mindful of where you anchor. Sometimes you just need to stop, maybe for a rest or a bite to eat. When you do, you should notice where you are. Be careful not to block a narrow channel and make it difficult for others to get by.

All in all, it’s been a great day on the river. You landed some monster browns, netted some rainbows and even had a few “Kodak Moments” and nobody fell in. The sun’s getting low and you really don’t know the river that well. What should you do? Head for port!

Unless you have enough experience and have confidence in the dark, don’t stay out in the dark. If you do, make sure you have the required safety equipment with you, and yes, pontoon boats have the same requirements as other vessels. When you get to the boat ramp follow the same courtesies you did when you launched.

At night on the ramp avoid shining vehicle headlights or other bright lights upriver. This only serves to blind other operators and make navigation difficult. If you are shining a light upriver to help someone find the takeout, see the previous paragraph.

You may have to wait your turn to take out, and when your turn comes you should be ready. Once your boat is on your trailer, pull it up out of the way and then secure your tie down straps, put your tackle away, and take off your waders and anything else you need to get done. If you are waiting for a shuttle, let the next guy ahead of you.

All you need to do is remember to treat others the way you want to be treated. Unfortunately, you are bound to run across idiots, whether they be on foot or in a boat, and when you do, there’s no sense going crazy because you’re not going to ruin their day, only yours.

Copyright 2006 Joseph Demalderis

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

One of the most over looked game fish of the Upper Delaware River is the smallmouth bass. Yet, this rugged fighter loves to eat the bug at the end of your fly line or inhale a well presented lure cast from a spin rod or bait caster. They're at their best when the trout season often settles down providing great action all the way into the late fall. If You've done it before, you know what I mean. Learn more here.

Drift Boat Fishing for the Wild Trout of the Delaware River

Here is the best in drift boat fishing on the Delaware River System. Click here