Delaware River, West Branch

Tip of the week 

Wading is very limited on the Delaware river system as of right now do to a heavy release from Cannonsville Reservoir. If you have a drift boat, this is prime water. The fish are comfortable and haven't been pressured too much here in the past few weeks. Fishing is still good on the West Branch with Sulphurs, Slate Drake, BWO, and Lt Cahill. Also, at dark, spinners have been good in a size 10-18. Then nymphing in the mornings and throughout the day has been productive with just pheasant tails, hares ears in size 10-18 and stoneflies in size 8-10, underneath a strike indicator, but if you are a dry fly guy, blind casting Slate Drakes (Iso) in faster moving water can be effective. You could also put a dropper nymph under that Slate Drake as well. Maybe like a curved shanked sulphur nymph or a pheasant tail. On cloudy days make sure you have some BWOs as they are more active then. Throwing streamers in the early mornings can be exciting as well and can also turn up some really nice fish too.

Seven-day forecast 

The outlook for the next 7 days looks to be nice with temps in the 80's and 90's for this week. Bug activity is good on the whole Delaware river system, along with good fish activity as well. Good luck and tight lines!

Must Have Flies 
Freshwater Clouser Black 2-6 Buy from
Zonker Black 2-6 Buy from
Sumpin' Ugly black 2-6 Buy from
Mike's Meal Ticket Black Or White 2-8 Buy from
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail Bown or Natural 12-20 Buy from
Gold Bead Hare's Ear Nymph Natural 10-16 Buy from
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