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    Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    MT319 - it's not all about catching trout.







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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Nice pics... of course it's not about the trout, they are just the excuse.....

    Hell no and it aint over now.......

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Beautiful photos!

    The solution to any problem-work, love, money, whatever- is to go fishing. J Gierach

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Dennis, nice pictures. You caught the feel...

    "I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution." John Gierach

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    A few things that keep me coming back to this river...

    Every Friday night I check weather.com. When I see "Scattered T-Storms", I know it's going to be a phenominal day. I then check the flows and water temps because this dictates whether I'll be floating or wade fishing. I prefer to float because I can cover so much more water and there are so many pools I really enjoy fishing. Wading to some of these spots is not possible and the spots that I can wade to would make me get in my car every few hours and drive. I pray to the dam gods to release just enough water whereas I can float!

    Some of the challenges of this river are the wind, the algae in the water, and of course choosing the right bug. Also, have you noticed that with every step you take to get yourself closer to a rising trout, that trout will move two steps further away from you! This river aint no Cairns pool!

    Are these fish any more educated than other fish? I don't think so. I believe that the delaware has so many different currents flowing along that you really need to know how to cast. A favorite of mine is the puddle cast. The other small item is that there are always so many different insects coming off the river at once. Trying to figure out which one these fish are taking is the key.

    Many say the river has become over populated. That's ok too. I'm willing to bet that most people aren't catching a ton of fish just for the reasons I mentioned above. I was skunked last weekend (unless we count the 3-4 6-8" trout I brought to hand). I fished over 1 trout for 5-6 hours straight. I had quite a few refusals on that guy. Then a few times he took my fly and I didn't set the hook on time. I never stung him though which was a good thing because he just kept on rising. I don't think the problem was with my fly or presentation. I think it had everything to do with my sulpher turning into an olive with an olive shuck every time my fly hit the water. I will say that this fish kept me quite busy for a long time! This is my kind of fishing.

    Numbers are great but I don't fish for numbers, I fish for the challenge. I have absolutely no interest in going to a stream whereas I'm guaranteed to catch fish with every fly I toss out to the stream. This certainly is not the Delaware river, that's for sure.

    There's just something about the Delaware that is so rewarding whether you catch fish or not. You know the big fish are in there and you know you have the chance to top your biggest fish ever. Some people get off playing the lottery. It's a numbers games. You play the pick 6... You get the first 4 numbers and anxiously await the next two! Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't but the rush that runs through your body waiting for the right combination is something that some cannot live without.

    Some will return, others wont. Those who do not return simply don't get it and they're better off fishing a place like the Little Lehigh or Cairns on the Beaverkill.

    Even a beginner with the right friend or guide can catch fish on this river if you're willing to be patient and give it a shot, but don't be disappointed if you don't catch the trout of a lifetime within your first visit.

    Other things to do... Lift up rocks to see the aquatic life. Bring a camera and look for some of the Eagles flying overhead or maybe a deer crossing the stream. Sit on the river bank and listen to the crickets while getting eaten up by black flies. Look for new access spots that you might not have fished. How many people pull up to the same access point everytime you go? There are other access points! Check out a new piece of water. Don't be afraid to walk a mile up/down stream. You might be surprised what you will see.

    Watch the water closely and LISTEN! I fish the river with my ears just as much as my eyes. This is probably a skill that comes with time.

    So there you have it. That's my take on the Delaware River.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by dcabarle View Post

    So there you have it. That's my take on the Delaware River.
    What's the Hancock Chamber of Commerce PAYING you? Jeepers, you didn't even mention the mountain lions, grizzlies, Deliverance types, bats and Dobsonflies the size of pterodactyls or the colon eating lampreys!

    Beware folks.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Future Fanatic View Post
    What's the Hancock Chamber of Commerce PAYING you? Jeepers, you didn't even mention the mountain lions, grizzlies, Deliverance types, bats and Dobsonflies the size of pterodactyls or the colon eating lampreys!

    Beware folks.
    I figured the word "Challenge" would keep most away.

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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Dennis,
    I couldn't have said it better myself. There are times when I wonder why I drive the three hours to get up there...and then there comes that magical interval of time when I am in the right time at the right place, and have selected the right fly...and there is no wind, slime,,, and THAT's when I remember why I will be driving up there until I'm in a "home".
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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by dcabarle View Post
    look for some of the Eagles flying overhead
    Anyone ever been fly fishing and in the process actually witnessed an Eagle, Osprey etc.. swoop down and pick a trout off out of the water...that'd definitely be a pretty noteworthy sight


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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by MT319 View Post
    Anyone ever been fly fishing and in the process actually witnessed an Eagle, Osprey etc.. swoop down and pick a trout off out of the water...that'd definitely be a pretty noteworthy sight
    You see this type of stuff all the time on the D.



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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by dcabarle View Post
    You see this type of stuff all the time on the D.

    Can't you STOP?

    PEOPLE, what he failed to mention is that many times eagles will swoop down and grab your scalp. This happens MORE often than people catching 20 inch fish.

    John
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    Re: Some Upper Delaware River pictures from Yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by MT319 View Post
    Anyone ever been fly fishing and in the process actually witnessed an Eagle, Osprey etc.. swoop down and pick a trout off out of the water...that'd definitely be a pretty noteworthy sight
    Yes, I have seen both a Bald Eagle and an Osprey do it. I've seen it several times with Osprey. I saw it once with a Bald Eagle and that was up on the West Branch as a matter of fact.

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