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Constantly changing conditions on the WBD

Constantly changing conditions on the WBD

  Each Summer I try to fish the West Branch of the Delaware at least several days per month.  It’s a long drive (3 hours) and if possible, I like to combine the trip w/ an overnight stay.  The WBD has consistent hatches and typically a reliable flow of 600 cfs.  Surface feeding (rising...
Heavy Fog on the West Branch

Heavy Fog on the West Branch

A friend (Bob) just relocated from North Carolina to Pennsylvania.  He’s an excellent angler and it’s good news that he is nearer.  I’m sure that he’s excited to be only a few hour drive from the West Branch of the Delaware.  He couldn’t think of a better way to take...
Hello Mrs. Bear!

Hello Mrs. Bear!

I finally managed my first overnight trip of the season to the West Branch.  It was great to fish and catch up with my cousin Matt.  He’s from Boston and we don’t get many chances to fish together.  It’s been enjoyable to watch his progression of skills with fly fishing.  He’s...
Chocolate Water

Chocolate Water

I gambled and lost.  Mother nature had her way.  Friday afternoon, I planned a pm trip to the West Branch of the Delaware.  I intended to fish late afternoon and the evening spinner fall.  I arranged to stay overnight in a friend’s camper.  After waking up, I hoped to fish for two or three...
Waiting for that spinner fall

Waiting for that spinner fall

Some things are worth the wait.  The evening spinner fall on the West Branch of the Delaware is worth a wait.  Over the weekend, my brother-in-law and I spent a day fishing the West Branch.  The water level was steadily dropping (1,300 cfs) and the air temperature was in the mid seventies.  Unfortunately,...
So many good choices right now…

So many good choices right now…

Spring has sprung!  Fishing has been exceptional the past few weeks.  Your biggest angling dilemma may be where to fish.  Or, it may be squeezing time into your busy schedule to find time to fish!  This is the time of year when fly fisherman are in a quandary with too many choices for promising...
Tailwater Tie Off, Hell or High Water, or Go Fishing?

Tailwater Tie Off, Hell or High Water, or Go Fishing?

Fly Fishers looking for things to do this weekend have their pick of fine choices.  The Tailwater Lodge in Altamar is hosting a showing of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival.  In addition, there is a cool event called the “Tailwater Tie Off“.    Here are the details from an...
Tricos or Salmon

Tricos or Salmon

We gambled and lost.  We bet against the Salmon River, in favor of the West Branch of the Delaware.  The Salmon River was the winner, the WBD the loser.  As anglers siding with the WBD, we missed out on a fresh, fast and furious salmon run. You could argue that our reasoning was flawed.  That it’s...
Light Cahills on the West Branch

Light Cahills on the West Branch

It was nice to feel less rushed.  Most of my forays to the West Branch of the Delaware River are one day endurance trips.  An early departure, all day on the water and a late, post hatch return are the norm.  It’s not uncommon to leave before 5 am and return well after midnight.  Despite the...
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Blanked Between Barking Dog and Balls Eddy

Blanked Between Barking Dog and Balls Eddy

Last week, I floated the West Branch of the Delaware River.  After those heavy June rains, the water dropped to below 2,000 cfs and we were eager to find rising fish.  A friend and I rented a driftboat from West Branch Anglers Resort.  We decided upon a several mile float from the  NYS DEC launch...
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