Fishing Season: Year round catch and release

Delaware River, Main Stem - NY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

63

Cross Current Guide Service's Tip of the Week

Swing some wet flies or nymph until a hatch gets fish rising. Still not a bad play to blind cast an isonychis in the riffles with or without a nymph dropper.

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Map of Delaware River, Main Stem

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/13/21

Excellent water levels and temperatures. Hatches should stay good. Showers can jump water flow up a little. In any event, it's better than just staying home and waiting for conditions to be perfect, which they never are.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/13/21

Seak out rising fish while you blind cast an Isonychia dry fly pattern.

Current Conditions as of 9/13/21

Excellent water levels and temperatures. Hatches should stay good. Showers can jump water flow up a little. In any event, it's better than just staying home and waiting for conditions to be perfect, which they never are.

Local Species Available Year round catch and release

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    Rainbow & Brown Trout

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    Smallmouth bass

Cross Current Guide Service's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Flying Ant N/A 18, 20, 22
Light Cahill N/A 14
Elk Wing Caddis gray/brown 16, 18, 20
Isonychia N/A 12, 14
October caddiss N/A 10/12
Blue Winged Olive N/A 20
Rusty Spinner N/A 12-18
Iso paraemerger N/A 12
White fly N/A 14

Flying Ant

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Cross Current Guide Service's Recommended Gear

Description: About Delaware River, Main Stem

The Main Stem of the Delaware begins in the Village of Hancock where the West and East Branches meet and forms the border between New York and Pennsylvania. This is a big river. Its pools are long and deep fed by long, gentle riffles. This river is best known for its hard fighting rainbow trout. In recent years there’s been an increase in the number of brown trout with many exceeding twenty inches in length. The river is part of the National Park Service as a Wild and Scenic River, though mostly all of its banks are in private ownership. From April to June the upper twenty to twenty-five miles provide excellent fly fishing with strong hatches of mayflies, caddis and stoneflies. During the summer many trout seek the cooler water temperatures of the upper five to eight miles of river. Summer hatches of Cahills and isonychia are excellent with late evening spinner falls being an almost daily occurrence. Late summer and into October isonychias and Cahills continue to hatch along with small blue wing olives, Heptegenia hebes and Ephron lukon (white fly). Caddis flies can also become important along with terrestrials. The Delaware has the characteristic riffle, run, pool set up like most freestoners, but with the added twist of fishing like a giant spring creek. Like most of the system it’s a dry fly fishers paradise. Flush floating dry flies are the norm on these waters as are emerger patterns. Farther downriver the Delaware becomes an exceptional smallmouth bass fishery offering great sport on fly and light tackle. A spring run of American shad has an almost cult following of light tackle enthusiasts greeting them as they migrate from the sea to their spawning grounds. Shad are also great fun on a fly rod, and with the right techniques not all too difficult to catch.

Nearest Airport:

Binghamton Airport (BGM), Binghamton, New York

Hatches:

Isonychia Olives Whiteflies Hebes Flying ants October cadiss Cahills Tricos Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

All day

Best Stretch:

Hancock, NY/Starlight, PA to Callicoon, NY

Best Access:

Any