Stream Report

Rising Water, Big Hatch
West Branch Delaware River
Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 300 cfs

In anticipation of the Sunday/Monday 90 degree heat, the water master began releasing water, mid-day Saturday. The water began rising in height and dropping in temperature. Although the air temps were near 80, the ice cold river brought on shivers and block feet by dusk.

The sulfurs came off around 2 and then 7. The 7p hatch was thick, too thick actually. Your fly was one of thousands on the water and the fish were real picky, taking the emerger nymphs, over the duns. We did manage several nice fish over 18 inches.

As usual for this river, keep your flies in the film and have good drifts. We witnessed several refusals yesterday, where the trout would follow the fly for several inches to a foot, and then turn away.

The net in the picture is 22 inches long. Nice fish.
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