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Re: Upper D - first week of august

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The largest number of fish were taken under the surface but the biggest were taken on top.

Other than the youngster breaking my favorite nymphing rod, dropping a rod into a weed bed (5' of water) and having him run into me which resulted in me dumping 200+ small nymph patterns into the river, it was a decent trip.

With 25+ years up there, I hooked the biggest rainbow I've ever seen in a riff. He jumped, ran up river, jumped, ran down river, crossed the riff and hid by the bank. I though he was done so I closed in with my net. I was wrong. He bolted, jumped into the side of my anchored pontoon, did a 180 and shot down river only to hide by the grassy shoreline again. I walked closer with the net and he shot up river jumping like a flying fish. The #18 nymph and 5x fluro couldn't take the abuse and broke. I know someone will have an issue with my estimate but I almost had him in the net twice and had him jump 12 times right in front of me. I know that the bows can reach sizes above 20" but that is typically seen on the big river and a trophy bow is 20". I am positive this fish was 4 lbs or more and would have measured around 23"-24". I hope I can find him next time up.

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Posted on: 2013/8/8 10:06


Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Tom elected to stay another day or two. He text me letting me know he was tearing it up with the overcast conditions. First fish of the day was a 21 3/4 slab.

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Posted on: 2013/8/8 10:27


Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Nice report Andy. Glad you got into them!

Posted on: 2013/8/8 11:32
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Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Sounds awesome krayfish!

Were you guys fishing the main stem or one of the branches? Where do you guys stay in a motel up there. Up around Lordville those towns all seemed like they were 3 houses and that was it. Go up to Hancock i guess?

Posted on: 2013/8/8 11:57


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Nice Report Andy. Im bummed I couldn't make it down. My friend has been at our camp since monday and Im still at work. I thought I was going to be able to make it down tuesday but I just couldn't get off work. Were you seeing the Isos down river? He got into a big olive hatch yesterday evening. Should be about the same conditions today.

Posted on: 2013/8/8 12:44


Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Olives were all up and down the river. Just depends on the day.
PM sent J.

Yes Tim, we just stay in Hancock. Forced to camp as a kid and that's why I won't camp now. Bed, hot shower and microwave are way to important to me at this point.

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Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Looks like a great trip, and some very nice fish. I am extremely jealous haha. Wish it wasn't such a hike from Pittsburgh.

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Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Yough is close and it's the only place you'll find the youghness monster.

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Re: Upper D - first week of august

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This is true. And it certainly has eluded me thus far.

I'm probably most jealous of the fact that you were able to spend 4 days in a row fishing there. Sounds quite nice right about now...

Posted on: 2013/8/8 15:42


Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Well, I had a young un along which cut my angling time by 50% or more. It also cost me a rod and a entire nymph collection of flies #16-#20. Half way through the 4th day, I was maxed and handed the kid off to Tom. The weather was cool but straight sun and wind. That killed much of the rising. Nothing to be jealous of there.

You've got DaveS and the crew in Pittsburgh area. They've taken fish exceeding 25" in that river. Touch base with them. There's a chance to get some help or maybe find an open seat if they have another cluster Yough float.

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Well, I would have been the happiest kid in the world if my uncle took me fishing at 16 anywhere, let alone the Delaware on float trips for 4 days. The kid may turn in to a fishing bum, but it will definitely keep him from being the worse things in life.

Posted on: 2013/8/8 16:43


Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Awesome report. That rainbow sounds like it was the size of a small steelhead. Sounds like you had a good trip. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on: 2013/8/8 17:52


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Nice! Andy. Good for you and your nephew.

Oh, and I'd check your glasses with that bow. Perhaps you had your head up high and you were looking at it through your bifocals.

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Re: Upper D - first week of august

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Geeze I missed this report until last nite. Nicely done. Well except for the rod. And the flies getting dumped. But still you would have eventually lost those flies anyway...

Nice report Kray. You got that nephew in the advanced fishing class!

Posted on: 2013/8/13 5:57
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