We had one of our Lehigh crews on the Upper D over the weekend. The conditions were challenging, windy, low, and clear. Hatches were moderately heavy at times but it was usually pretty windy when they were good and the wind mostly kept the fish down. Hatches seen were BWO(#16-20), Sulphurs(#14-16), Slate Drakes(#10-12), Cahills(#12). A few Green Drakes were spotted near Hales Eddy and we saw a few fish feeding heavily on caddis near Balls Eddy at mid-day when it was sunny and warm. Risers were not consistent on Sunday until late afternoon and we had one fish follow a streamer in off color water on the mid-West Branch. A few fish were hooked/missed by everybody on BWO drie. Andy, the young gun of the trip, showed that persistence pays on the Upper Delaware by enticing a 22″ brown to the surface with a big Slate Drake tilt wing dun. It was quite a fight and ended well with a big slammer in the net.
Monday, on the West Branch and Main, we had risers for nearly the entire day with a few fish missed here and there but no solid hook ups until around lunch when Andy once again hooked a brown, 21″ this time, with a small cdc caddis. At lunch Bob P. hooked a nice fish but lost it on a wild run. We hooked/missed/landed a few more trout and Bob managed to land a 20″ shad in the Junction Pool on a #18 BWO. The fish were tough, but not impossible, and the whole river system will benefit from some rain. We were able to float both days but had to walk from time to time. Water temp in the Main near Stockport on monday evening was 66, so cooler air temps are helping the river out very much at this time.