Delaware River, West Branch

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

The dry fly fishing has been amazing over the last two weeks with good bug activity at night along with some good spinner falls of sulphurs, and slate drakes. The fishing is still very technical and challenging, you need to make sure you get that perfect down stream drift with no drag, and then if you are lucky that fish will take your fly. Also, during the day if nothing is really happening, throw out an emerging Slate Drake or a Slate Drake dun along the banks or in the riffles. This is a big enough fly that can entice a fish to come up and grab it. If you want to try something new and different at dark you can throw mice patterns and get some big fish to come up and hit it. But, overall the fishing has been very good and should be good throughout the rest of the week.

Seven-day forecast 

The outlook for the next 7 days looks to be okay. Throughout the week we see temps into the mid 70's, and 80's overthe week, but today we are suppose to get a good amount of rain and same for tomorrow so hopefully it doesn't affect the river too much. If the river does go up, streamer fishing is definitely a possibility and can be very productive after a good rain fall. The hatches should continue to be good throughout the week and are seeing consistent sulphurs in the size 18-20 up in the no kill. There are still good bug activity of Sulphurs, Light Cahill, Slate Drakes, BWO, and small black Caddis around sizes 18-20 and then throwing some bait fish or sculphin fly patterns if the water does get a little high. This should be another good week. Tight lines!

Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
Indicator Parachute - Sulphur Sulphur 16-20 Buy from Orvis.com
CDC Loopwing Quill Emerger Slate Drake 10-12 Buy from Orvis.com
Sulphur Emerger Sulphur 18-20 Buy from Orvis.com
Sparkle Dun Sulphur 18-20 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail Bown or Natural 12-20 Buy from Orvis.com
Gold Bead Hare's Ear Nymph Natural 10-16 Buy from Orvis.com
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