Reports this week have been good. Locally anglers are getting into the nice fall stocked fish. In the Catskills region there are still enough bugs to keep the fish looking up. Especially on the East side and on the Beaverkill. They've been releasing a good amount of water on the West which makes for good streamer fishing. Rainbows on the Mainstem have been very active. Nymphing, Streamers and Dries have all been poductive.
Fishing on the Cattaraugus, Salmon River and Oak Orchard has been stellar. Steelhead on the Catt and Salmon River have been pushing through in good numbers. Browns on Oak Orchard and surrounding tribs have also been showing up in good numbers as well. Albie fishing recently has been excellent. We haven't heard to much as far as Stripers go, but it's also been warm still. Tying classes have begun and our 1st guest tier Allen Landaheer is scheduled for November 4th. If you're interested in any of our classes please call or stop in the shop to sign up.
Fishing overall has been good even with the water flows at lower then normal levels. Water temps are good and fish have been caught on a variety of flies including BWO's and caddis which have been the the most prominent hatches at this point. Midges and scuds should also be considered on the local NJ streams. Zebras, WD40's, RS2's, etc will also and just about always put fish on the end of the line.
The upper Delaware has been fishing well. With the lack of rain, NYC is forced to release higher flows down the West Branch to meet downstream flow targets at Montague NJ. If the water gets too low down there, then the salt line creeps up the river. Release rates on the West have been approximately 800 cfs which is a great flow for fishing. You can wade, float, etc. This time of year you also get great streamer fishing. When the reservoir flips over as air temperatures fall, it send a warm layer of water down to the bottom of the reservoir which drives water temperatures up into the low 50's in the river. The water also starts to come out dirtier. Usually in the summer, water temps are very cold at 44 degrees (great for the hot summer) and clear, but in the fall the water gets warmer and dirtier. This creates an environment for great streamer fishing; Warm water (increases fish metabolism), dirty water (fish are less picky) and the need to feed to fatten for winter. The only thing is you will need to fish from Monument pool (NY/PA line) and down river as the upper river closes October 15.
Miramichi 2017 highlights. This year, each group had a blast. As usual, Country Haven Lodge charmed us all with attention, good and plentiful food and beautiful soundings. The Lodge girls spirit, Byron's attention to detail and the Guides' knowledge of the pools and Atlantic Salmon Fishing, set the trip off right. Group and private lessons helped to fine tune the Angler's cast. Thank you to our guests who were all such a pleasure to be with!
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