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: Upper Delaware (E & W Branches), NY

03-16-2005, 01:28 PM
I am a new member to this site, just wondering if there are a good number of members from my area (Hudson Valley Region, NY) reading? Also, I have a 1 day float trip booked for May on the Upper Deleware (most likely E. Branch), and was wondering if anyone has had previous experience with this water?

I live locally, so if its fruitful, I can go back and fish the same areas w/o paying for it. From what I gather, Coffin Flies really smoke em' on the UDR. Let me know what you think...

JS :wink:

John Desjardins
03-16-2005, 07:59 PM
Welcome, to the forum. I haven't made it to the Delaware. But I'm sure that there are other members who have. Maybe they will chime in.

03-16-2005, 09:20 PM
When I lived in Northeastern PA before I left and moved west in 1979, I fished the upper Delaware (both branches and the mainstem) quite often. We used to find a very good Eastern Green Drake and its spinner, the Coffin Fly the first or second week of June depending on weather. Both the dun and spinner were found and we fished emergers first in late afternoon, switched to duns as the fish started taking on top, and finished up the late evening with the spinner.

03-16-2005, 09:45 PM
Andrew and Steve from Tightlines (sponsors) are regulars on the Delaware during the trout season. I am sure they will chime in.

03-19-2005, 08:12 AM
This season in particular you have to check the hatch charts, snows gonna hang in long, reducing temps. May could be early for the Drakes, we allways found them in June. More likely March Browns and BWO`s. A skittered March Brown sometimes works wonders.

03-20-2005, 09:13 AM
I live near Saratoga, and fish the Delaware often. We usually hit the Drakes from Memorial Day to the first weekend in June Depending on the weather for the season. It's hard to say the Drakes will be on the water...this day because they are fickle but you should see at least five species of mayfly on the water that time of year plus the apple caddis and cream caddis plus midges. It's a wonderful time to be on the water.

03-20-2005, 07:34 PM
The Coffin fly is the spinner for the Green Drake and spinners return very late in the evening unless your float trip is going to last till 8-8:30 you probably won`t see any Coffin flies. But the Drakes hatch sporadically all day long and provide a large meal for the Trout. I`ve never had great fishing over the Drakes but find the March Browns, which coincide with them, to produce some of the best fishing I`ve seen. The flies ride the surface for a long period while trying to dry thier wings and struggle to get airborn, a twitched March Brown will get explosive rises.