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General RegionPA section
Specific LocationBalls eddy to Shehawken
Time of Day6 - 9 a.m. & noon - 5 p.m.
Fish CaughtOnly wild browns
Conditions & Hatcheshigh water, clouds, very few emerging insects.

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WbranchJuly 28th, 2017, 10:09 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Water high on Tuesday. Virtually no rising fish, very good streamer bite. Wednesday still high but quite a few rising fish. Was unable to reach them and didn't want to pay $30 for a shuttle. Still good streamer action in the early morning. Nice and cloudy all day,

Thursday more release from the reservoir and the water was very cold in the early morning and the fish were not really moving for streamers. Very sporadic olives during the day. Fished to 5:00 and took four 12" - 14" on top. Didn't see any really big rise forms.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanJuly 29th, 2017, 2:23 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Matt, that is beautiful fish! Congrats, water levels here in Mi. are quite good also, and water temps aren't at a dangerous level yet. I decided to spend the rest of the year exploring waters that are very popular during the early season, aka the ausable and its branches. I fished the south branch last week and did some exploring, beautiful looking water. Maybe I can get a look a few browns like the one you got.

LastchanceJuly 30th, 2017, 6:11 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
What a great fish, Matt.
WbranchJuly 30th, 2017, 10:34 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Thanks everyone, it is my best Delaware fish of the 2017 season. Hoping for another this coming week. Going back up for three days on Tuesday.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123July 31st, 2017, 2:00 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
That's a lunker, Matt, by technical definition! What are the stats on that fish, did you get to tape it? That's a fat one! I can only imagine a long slugfest before you got your hands on it. Fly pattern, rod, rig? Congrats, well done Sir!


P.S. It's that time of the year, boys (and girls)...let's all go out and get some big ones to show off on here!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchJuly 31st, 2017, 3:11 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733

I was able to back up and land the fish right near a grassy bank. It was virtually in front of my cabin and I called my wife on the cell before I netted the fish - pretty confident huh that I wouldn't lose it??

It is a tape measured 20" on the nose. Yes it was very deep and across the shoulders was about 3". I would love to say it ate a #20 Baetis dun delicately cast on a 6X tippet. However it ate a 4" long blue over white Clouser on a 7' 2X leader. 9' #6 3 pc Gatti fly rod I built about a dozen years ago. The water was stained and it was quite early in the morning, long before there was any insects emerging.

I lost another, bigger brown, after a lengthy fight just as I was about to slip it into the net. It was at least 21", a big hook jawed male.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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