I mailed some Reel Catskill flies off to my friend Ron and this was the result:
Eve catches four trout on dry flies, a first for this 10yr old
After her Birthday festivities were complete I asked Eve if she wanted to try dry fly fishing for the last hour of light. She was a very happy kid minus the cold water.
The air was 33 degrees @ 12PM when we launched the Stealthcraft on the Wild West Branch Delaware. The gauge read 6.21ft w/flow rate of 1540cf/s. The water was stained red and 42 degrees after two days of Catskill rain and snow melt. The "Upper Upper West Branch" as we call it is very narrow and has many wild bends in comparison to the more well known West Branch Delaware below the town of Deposit. At these flow rates it can present quite a rowing challenge.
My dog had never ridden in the boat and I wasn't sure how it would turn out. He is not exactly built for the water like a duck retrieving Labrador. I was concerned he would leap over the side and I'd quickly find out how good of a swimmer he is. He's a very well behaved Frisbee chasing Border Collie who likes getting wet, but I've never tested his cold water swimming skills. Thank goodness he's well trained.