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Just like baseball, fly fishing is steeped in tradition. However, differing techniques to land trout continue to evolve and so should yours.
I love getting outside as much as the next guy, but I also like catching trout, lots of trout, especially the big ones. Trout feed underwater more than 90 % of the time, which is evidence enough for me to try and help them get their next meal. Trout prefer to hide in the deepest spots in the river or around underwater structures like large rocks and undercut banks. Larger trout muscle the smaller ones out of theses prime feeding locations, which is why most times the best way to get a trout in the net is to put a nymph directly in front of their mouths right on the bottom of a deep hole. If nymphing is not in your skill set you are missing many hungry trout.
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.
Driving to the West Branch Delaware with the new Stealthcraft
April 1st Opening Day of fishing in Upstate NY is coming fast. Decided to do a little preseason warm-up just to make sure everything is ready to go. Last year at this time we had over 4ft of snow and ice on the river not to mention all the snow still on the mountains. I'm betting this season is going to get off to a fast start. Trout were rising just a week ago on the Upper Main Stem Delaware, very rare for March in the Reel Catskills.