The Upper Delaware has a reputation for a few things. Excellent water quality and temperatures, prolific mayfly hatches, and large trout. Fat, Rainbow trout and huge Brown trout have thrived in the river for many years and fly anglers from around the country have come to this river to test their skills on this wild trout fishery. The Upper Delaware trout fishery is made up of over 75 river miles of the East Branch, West Branch, and Upper Main Stem. Our fishing is concentrated on the Main Stem where the remoteness of this water shed and wild trout populations are demonstrated in full glory.
Most fishing is done with rods of 9′ or longer, in line weights from 5wt to 7wt. Floating lines are most useful for all around fishing while some prefer sink tip lines for wet fly and streamer fishing. Leaders can range in length from 7′ to 10′ in sizes from 2X to 6X depending on the type of fishing that you’ll be doing on any given day. A good reel with a smooth disc drag and 100yds of backing can be important if you hook into a Delaware trophy. An assortment of attractor and general use flies such as Copper Johns, Wooly Buggers, Pheasant Tails, Royal Wullfs, CDC Caddis, Stimulators, Parachute Adams, etc. will work most of the time with a decent presentation but sometimes a more hatch specific pattern is necessary for consistent action.
Fishing the Delaware River during an excellent hatch can be a real treat and a good chance to catch a real trophy on a dry fly. Some of our favorite hatches include the Slate Drake, March Brown, Grey Fox, Sulphur, Cornuta, Blue Winged Olives(BWO), and all of the awesome caddis hatches that happen throughout the year. The occasional strong stonefly hatch can get the fish feeding on stones during breezy days on the Delaware River. One good rainbow or brown on this river and you’ll be hooked for life!
The Delaware River Guides of Rivers Outdoor Adventures.
Our competent, courteous guides will help you to make the most of your fly fishing experience on the Delaware River. Our guides stay well connected to this river and spend a good amount of their fishing time here chasing it’s trophy’s. With over 20 years experience guiding on the Delaware , our guides have a well developed insight into hatch activity, fish movement, fishing trends, and water conditions on a level that cannot be matched.
Between our seven available drift boats and catarafts, experienced full-time guides, custom tied fly patterns, first class shore lunches, and reputation for being the best guide service in the area it’s no wonder that so many of our clients return season after season hopes of bigger fish, thicker hatches, and the comfort of knowing that Rivers Outdoor Adventures is their guide service.
Drift boat fishing is unfamiliar territory for many East Coast anglers but it is a very productive technique for fishing the Delaware River . With over 25 days a month behind the oars our guides can put you in position where a good cast can connect you to a trophy of a lifetime. Drift boat fishing is our specialty and starting in April we target the Hendrickson hatches, then moving into May, chase the March Brown hatch. Fishing is also very productive through June and can present daily Sulphur, BWO, and caddis hatches. Drift boat fishing also allows anglers to fish heavy nymph and streamer patterns in situations that would be too difficult to wade fish. Hooking a fish of any respectable size in heavy water is usually a memorable fight. A drift boat trip with us is also an excellent way to introduce yourself to this kind of fishing especially if you’re planning to drift out West or wherever else your fly fishing travels may take you.
Rates and Policy
Upper Delaware Trip:
Full Day Float Trips with shore lunches – 1 or 2 anglers – $460
Two Full Day Float Trips with shore lunches – 1 or 2 anglers – $895
All full day trips include lunch, snacks, and beverages.
Our guides always carry a variety of fly patterns with them, however the high volume of trips we run can exhaust a guides fly box. We can provide a list of flies a few weeks before the trip if you enjoy tying your own and we can also put a selection together for you if you wish.
If necessary, quality Orvis tackle can be provided for all trips free of charge. Please give us some heads up time so that we can make proper arrangements. Leaders, tippet, split shot, etc can be purchased from your guide before the trip begins.
Prices do not include guide gratuities.
A 50% deposit is required to secure your trip dates. Balance is due on arrival.
Cancellations and Rescheduling: Cancellations and rescheduling will be accepted no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled date. We cannot influence the moods of Mother Nature. Postponed trips due to conditions and all refunds are at the discretion of River Outdoor Adventures. All deposits will be held and your trip will be rescheduled within one calendar year.
Remember, we do not enjoy fishing in poor conditions any more than you do. Our goal is for you to have a memorable trip.
All prices are subject to change with out notice. Rivers is not responsible for typographical errors.