Air Temp: 65-72 Water Temp: 55-58
We’ve had a few boats on the river since Mother’s Day weekend and covered a solid 20 river miles. First we welcomed Jeff, Mike, Joe and Rick. These men all worked hard over two days landing several trout and smallmouth bass. A mixture of nymph rigs, streamer and a specialty fly appropriately called, “The Aggravator” were successful. However, with flows over 1000cfs out of FEW all weekend, coupled with a few storm fronts, fishing was a challenge at times. Credit these four anglers for their perseverance.
Then we had two boats on the Lehigh on a spectacular Tuesday in early May. Release out of FEW was just under 1000cfs for the first time in over a week, but conditions on the river are stabilizing and the fishing is improving. From morning till about 2pm, trout were feeding well on black buggers and prince nymphs. I had the pleasure of guiding Kevin and he managed to boat 12 trout, including the royal flush - a brook, rainbow, brown and tiger. Kevin kept his flies mostly off the edges, down deep and twitching them at the end of a long swing. Still no surface activity, but with water levels hopefully coming down and air temps rising, we have good reason to believe that will be changing. If there’s any indication of the fish seeming to turn on to bugs, it’s that over half of Kevin’s trout ate the trailing prince nymph.