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West Branch of Delaware, Wayne Co., 04/24/13-04/26/2013

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I made the trip up to the Upper Delaware system for a few days with new fishing buddy. Overall, the weather has been pretty cold up there this year, and things have been behind, but the forcast looked good, for the days we were fishing, so I figured the Hedricksons would be in full force.

On day one, we arrived at about 1030 am, and we made a quick stop, at the fly shop, to get an idea of where to look for rising trout. They pointed us to the lower West Branch, so that is where we started. The water was flowing around 700 cfs, and wading conditions were good. Wednesday was a sunny day, with temps nearing 70 degrees. The water temp was hovering around the upper forties and it was windy, on and off. As far as hatches, we had chimarra (black caddis), some quills and both male and female hendricksons. The caddis were the strongest hatch by far on Wednesday, and the Hendricksons did not really get going too strong. We stuck some smaller fish on top, in a long riffle, and I moved a couple fish on a caddis pupa nymph. They dropped the flows towards the evening hours, for a dam repair, which I believe messed up the surface activity. We came off the river happy for getting into some fish, but eager for some big ones.

Day two, we stayed with the West Branch. We got an early start, and were on the water at about 0700 am. I figured that we would slow strip some streamers through the deeper holes, but to my surprize there was an early morning (0800 am), olive hatch and two heads were coming up in rythme. I stuck the nearest one, on a small parachute pattern, and he ended up being a healthy 16 incher. I set my buddy up on the second one, and he made a really nice presentation a couple casts in. The big snout took, he set, and nothing, not even a sting. Oh well, the adrenaline was up, and we took a lunch break. The evening hatch was pretty darn impressive. Same bugs as Wednesday, only a lot more of them, and rising fish. It took a few hours of duns floating down before the fish got on them, but once it happened we had a solid three hours of risers. I took four that evening, with the biggest being a hair under 21 inches. More enjoyable, was watching my buddy stick his first big brownie on a dry fly. He hit a 19 inch fish right on the bank with a CDC Hendrickson emerger.

Friday morning, we nymphed a little more, but unfortnately, we had to leave around noon to head home. Overall, it was an amazing trip on a beautiful trout stream. I really enjoyed introducing my buddy to the Delaware, and for being a guy that has only been fly fishing for a year and a half, I was impressed that he got the job done on a tough river. This weekend should be nuts with the "one fly" competition, but it looks like it is shaping up to be a good spring.

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Re: West Branch of Delaware, Wayne Co., 04/24/13-04/26/2013

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Great pics! Sounds like an awesome few days....I'm jealous!

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Great report. Thanks.

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A great time on a great river - wish I could have been there.

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MAN! Well done, Can't wait to get up there!

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Really nice fish. I'll make it up there someday.

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Really nice fish. I'll make it up there someday.


Took the words out of my mouth. Those are some beautiful fish and it looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing the report.

Maybe I'll get there later this season... maybe. It's so hard to drive from Ohio and pass by all the great water in Central PA. I just can't convince myself to keep driving. 4 hours in the car to central PA or 6 hours to the Delaware? It is on the list, but man, two extra hours is a tough pill to swallow. I think I'd need to have 3 days for a trip like that in order to convince myself to spend the extra time in the car. A one nighter is not going to cut it.

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Could fly to the Delaware from western Pa, maybe into Avoca.

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Awesome report. Lovely fish and that last one is a real beaut.

What was the fly store btw.

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Nice!

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Seems like it really is going to be a great spring up there! I can't wait for my week on the upper Delaware end of may! It can't come soon enough!

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Re: West Branch of Delaware, Wayne Co., 04/24/13-04/26/2013

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Thanks for the comments, my yearly trip to the Delaware is always my favorite few days of fly fishing out of the year, even when I don't catch a lot of fish. That area is just gorgeous, and it is my dream to have a little cabin up there during retirement, just to stay for the spring months.

geebee,
I went to the Delware River Club's fly shop. Not necessarily because it is the best one up there, but I have always liked the way they treat people. I've been to Coz's place and the West Branch Angler, and they are first class people as well. It was kinda special on Thursday, when we stopped by the shop. There was a group of veterans that was up for a float trip, and I was able to thank all of them for their service. After loosing my sister in Afganistan, it was pretty emotional for me to see all those vets up there for a relaxing get away. God bless them for their service, and I hope they caught some big fish!!!!

Posted on: 2013/4/28 12:57


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7x , sorry to hear about your sister. My bil has done two tours in South Helmand. You have my thoughts.

Maybe she was watching and sent a fish or two your way.

Good to know that the fly store sent you in the right direction, which is often half the battle.

It sounds like a good place to stop by.

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3wt7x,

Thanks for sharing that was a nice report. I was there as well but thurs/friday/saturday. I fished the east and upper/lower west. My fishing experience was very similar as you described. I saw very good hatches at times but sometimes the fish were up and sometimes they were not feeding even with a strong hatch.

I also got the privledge by chance to fish with wbranch on thursday. What a treat that was. If anyone ever gets to fish with him I would recommend it. He is not only a great stick but a class act as well. He even let me fish to one of his bank feeders which I promptly put down without ever making a cast. I really enjoyed my trip and even caught my first east branch brown.

Posted on: 2013/4/29 11:26


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Great report and pics, can't wait to get up there soon.

Posted on: 2013/4/29 13:23



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