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Old 05-07-2012, 03:19 PM
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Yesterday, almost a year after my first trip to the Upper Delaware, i made another trip.

Left philly about 7am for the three hour drive. Stopped by Delaware River Club to pick up some flies reminiscent of what had been hatching the previous days.

I fished the Upper Gamelands section and there was quite a few bodies around when i got there. Saw a fish landed about 11.20, and that was it for the day.

There were sporadic hatches, Hendricksons mostly, and some fish were evident in the areas i was fishing. There are some nice runs, riffles and pools in around that area, and with plenty of room to navigate in the relatively shallow water.

I swung and dead drifted classic wet flies for a good part of the day. Threw dries for about an hour total when i saw consistent activity of both the bugs and the fish, as well as run nymphs and the wets down the riffles and runs. Did have some fish show some interest, but no hookups or anything to set the heart racing.

The weather was pretty warm, I was in short sleeves and shorts in my waders, but the sun was BEAMING down all day, probably a contributing factor to the reduced activity

I fished non stop from 11-5ish, then closed up shop for the long ride home. Usually the evening rise is more intense when the sun goes down a bit, but i wanted to be home at a reasonable hour, and since there was not much happening, i left.

It was my first day on the water this year, so i was happy, but a nice wild brownie would have made it all the better.

Looking forward to another trip in a few weeks, though this time i'll likely get a guided trip with my buddy to cover more water and potentially more bug hatches at different times in different areas.

I took a couple pictures - nothing special, just the scenery!

Skunks all round!!


Downstream, early
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Downstream, afternoon, from a different spot
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Upstream, afternoon
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Beautiful day you had there,

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Eunan: We all get skunked from time to time. That is a beautiful river and definitely worth a return trip for some revenge!
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You should have been there 5 to 11 have a long lunch and then 5 till dark. Even then there's no garantee. I'd grab a buddy and a good canoe, find a good piece of water anchor up and wait out the hatch. Big rivers are tough on foot. Nice pics.
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Any day on the Upper Delaware is a good one. After seeing your pics can't wait to get up there. And I have no exuses olive less than an hour away!
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you took some great pics....get there a little earlier....
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