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West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17

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CCAS was out in full force on Friday and Saturday fishing the highwater. Conditions were thought to be less than ideal with sunny and partly cloudy conditions forecasted. CCAS took along fellow board member BAM for two days of streamer fishing. Flows were still strong nearing 2300 cfs for the most part with water conditions fairly cloudy with about 6-10 inches of visibility.

Weather conditions were better than expected with cloud cover atleast 70% of the time. Both days there was a fair number of boats on the river. Fishing was consistent with fair number of strikes on each day 20-30, with about 50% of the fish landed. Biggest fish caught was 21 inches.

Still a few weeks left before the season closes so take advantage of cathcing these nice fish while you can. Check out www.catchingchrome.com for late season trips and steelhead dates!

Tight Lines...... CatchingChrome

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Posted on: 2011/9/18 9:29


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17
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Your cheating - no waders and an electric motor!...your supposed to row that boat with manpower and jump out to wade and land fish.

That's a real chunk that Bam's holding.

Nice!

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Posted on: 2011/9/18 9:55


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17

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Believe me the oars are on the boat and are used 99% of the time. We took the motor incase we wanted to float to buckingham and use it through the less productive water on the main. As for not wearing waders, totally unnecessary at 2300cfs. I keep them in the boat but the nice thing about a drift boat is rarely do you have to get out on the WB. It is so nice not to have to wear them.

Yeah, it was a treat to take Bam and show him the river. He is looking to take his drift boat in the future. That was a nice 19" fish.

Posted on: 2011/9/18 10:28


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17
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Good job.

It's a lot of work handling a D-boat with the higher flows. The one consolation is you have no/few guys wading to work around.

Goes to prove if you know what your doing and work hard at it, you are rewarded - most times, anyway.

Sounds like you fished the Lower West into the Upper Main. How was the water clarity in the WB & MB? Was the EB off color? Also, I wouldn't expect Cannonsville to turn over for a while yet, but who knows what effect the flood and the spillage will have on the River.


Posted on: 2011/9/19 7:52


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17

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We just fished the upper WB, because the flows on the main were pretty strong. Alot of boats fishing the lower river though, from Balls down. Bam asked if we could take the motor and a inner tube incase the fishing was bad I could pull him around on it.

Posted on: 2011/9/19 8:13


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17

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Water was stained... less than 2 feet of visibility. It actually cleared up a little as you moved away from the dam. By the looks of the main from the road, the east was still in worse shape than the west.

That fish was caught was almost under the cover of darkness... which was cool.

Posted on: 2011/9/19 16:37


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17

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Man I wish I could have been along with you guys! Can't win them all...:)

Bam, how did you like your float trip with CCAS? Hopefully we can get you out again soon and take advantage of these great conditions. Or, if nothing else, get a steelhead trip in this Winter...

Best TB

Posted on: 2011/9/22 8:28


Re: West Branch Delaware River 9-16 & 9-17

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Trip was great. Though I'd like to get up there again, with archery season upon us and steelhead making their run soon it might be tough. Besides, who schedules Saturday wedding classes in October? My fiance owes me for that...

Posted on: 2011/9/23 10:57


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Big time new report coming soon with video!

Posted on: 2011/9/24 17:07






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