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General RegionWest Branch of the Delaware
Specific LocationUpper and Lower sections
Time of Day3 to dark
Fish Caught4 browns and a rainbow
Conditions & HatchesSee below

Details and Discussion

MartinlfJuly 10th, 2011, 2:47 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
July 8, 2011 Air high upper 70s, cloudy with some rain Hale Eddy 3.9 and falling to 3.7 by about 10:00 p.m., 1,200 CFS and falling to about 1,000 by about 10:00 p.m. 9 C falling toward 8.5 C, Fished Lower West Branch. Caught one brown about 12 on olive parachute emerger, then circled upstream to fish two fish feeding near the bank. Stuck one of them (about 18) that jumped made several runs, and pulled out the hook. Lnnded a 14 brown on a thorax olive emerger, then a 17 rainbow. Left at dark. Flies on water: size 18 sulphurs, 18 olives, 20 sulphurs, 14 sulphurs, 22-26 olives.

July 9,2011 Air high mid 80s, mostly sunny. Hale Eddy 3.7 and falling to about 32/ by 10:00 p.m., about 900 CFS falling to 739 by about 10:00 p.m. 8 C rising to 13C then falling toward 9 C, Floated the upper West Branch with Wayne Aldridge. Started at 3, Landed a very pretty 13 brown with white halos around red spots, then another pretty brown 15. All on Waynes CDC tan caddis. Cast to a 20+ fish feeding sporadically under an overhanging bush for abut 30-40 minutes. Fun, but no hook up. Flies I saw on water: 18 sulphurs, 18 olives, 14 sulphurs, 16-18 Tan caddis.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
GONZOJuly 10th, 2011, 3:38 am
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Hey, Louis, it's good to hear from you! Sounds like that's an unedited excerpt straight from your fishing log. Glad to hear that you're still getting out and catching fish. I assume that all of the "olives" were two-tailed, but were the "sulphurs" two- or three-tailed?
AdirmanJuly 10th, 2011, 8:40 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 504

Very nice report!! Appreciate the details you provided!!
MartinlfJuly 10th, 2011, 1:02 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Sorry Lloyd, as usual, I was too engaged in fishing to do due diligence on the bug ID. I think the smaller sulphurs were dortheas and the bigger ones cahills, but don't quote me on that--they could have been invaria. As for the olives, well who knows? Larger generic baetids, and the little ones baetids of the acentrella clan I'd guess.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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