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Southern tier fly fishing: BC Flyfishers, fly fishing update

A&G Outfitters is hosting another great trip for the 'baby tarpon' of the Delaware River, the great American Shad.
A&G Outfitters is hosting another great trip for the 'baby tarpon' of the Delaware River, the great American Shad.A&G Outfitters

While spring is now solidly in place, it seemed old man winter wanted one more shot at the weather. Rain and then snow hit the area early in the week and while only an annoyance to some, it raised levels of most creeks and streams to make them not fishable for at least part of the week. Even the West Branch of the Delaware still remains high at 1,100 CFS, but is slowly dropping.

Fly fishing has been a mixed bag, mainly due to high water on creeks, streams, and rivers. At least the snow-melt is pretty much gone and the ground a little less saturated. The West Branch of the Delaware and other Catskill rivers are coming into their own. Water temps are rising but the fish are not just yet. Streamer fishing can be very good this time of year. The West Branch Angler is reporting good fishing as there is spillover occurring which means alewife 'chum'. Anytime there is spillover, there will be crippled alewives in the river and it can be a good time to fish a white streamer. Little black stones in sizes and Blue Quills in sizes 16 - 18 are the ticket where fish are rising, but there are not many noses poking up just yet. The Salmon River has very high flows right now but the fishing should be great once they drop. Finally, largemouth bass are becoming more active. Wooly buggers, big hairy streamers, and big nymphs can work well right now. The key is low and slow as water temps are still a little cool. But they are definitely hungry...

Local fly fishing activities continue, as follows:

  • BC Fly fishers - as previously announced, the BC Flyfishers chapter of the IFFF will hold their first meeting this Thursday, April 24th. This will be a great opening event featuring fly tying, a talk on the IFFF, and some fishing presentations as well. Click here for more information.
  • A&G Outfitters - is holding a Shad fishing trip on the Delaware River for May 17th & 18th at the Roebling Inn in Lackawaxen, PA. The cost is $350, but that includes everything - lodging, meals, the works. Contact the shop for more information or to reserve your spot.
  • Al Hazzard TU West Branch Clean-up - scheduled for Saturday, April 26th from 8 am to Noon. The event starts at the Fireman's Park in Deposit. The chapter offers coffee and donuts from 8 to 9:30 am and the clean-up is from 9:30 to noon. Bags and gloves are supplied. It's recommended that volunteers bring waders. The event ends with a cookout, and of course some great fishing on the river.

Stand by for more rain in the week ahead. We'll see a chance for some heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. This could once again bring the water up. If you intend to fish on those days, make sure you are prepared with the right gear. Streamer fishing may be decent under these conditions. Most of the week will range in temp from the mid 40's to the mid to upper 50's, although Friday is forecast for a high near 70. These temps will bring up water temperatures and get the trout moving.