October 2003 Report
October 28, 2003 - Lehigh River Report from 10.26.03 - Bowmanstown to Walnutport Float
Look for a Lehigh River report
later today detailing some of the action we experienced over this
Got any questions - shoot us an e.
October 27, 2003 - Saltwater Report
Right now the saltwater action along the NJ coast is really heating up. Over the past weekend bluefish seemed to be the name of the game in the area we were fishing, however bass are also being caught as well. Key to success is finding the bait and once you locate it, the predators should not be to far behind. Abundant amounts of peanut bunker and bay anchovies were the bait fish of choice along the beach front Friday-Sunday. And even with the rough water and hard south wind on Sunday everything managed to hold tight along the beach. Pictured below are just some of the pics detailing the action from this past weekend. Patience and persistence are the name of the game along with good timing if you have to make a long drive to the coast. Fishless days can occur, but then again, the fish of a life time might be swimming right in front of you.
Equipment for this type of fishing is really not too complex - ranging from 8-10 weight rods, matched-up with either an intermediate or a sinking 200-400 grain line. The sinking lines enable you to get down in the current or deepest of holes. A good quality reel with decent drag is also a must. Saltwater fly fishing does not require near the precision that freshwater trout fishing requires and sometimes you need to be a little innovative with your casting technique in order to get your fly out into the fishy looking water. For instance, if you are right handed and the wind in coming over your right should, turn around and face away from the water and shoot your backcast. Flies are all the usual suspects - clousers, deceivers and Popovics Jiggies. Go with chartreause, white, olive, yellow and combinations of all.
This action along the beach front should pick up right where we left off once we get to the other side of this current storm system - and continue well into November. Just give it a few days to rebound - for the bait to gather back up and for the migratory predators to find the bait. Give us a shout if you would like some more information or a few pointers about this fantastic fishery.
Scenes from this past weekend....
October 25, 2003 - Tulpehocken Creek Report - Palisades Section
Jake managed to make it out on the Tully for a few hours this morning. On the water at 8am and immediately took notice of the fingerlings recently stocked. They were rising eagerly to the numerous amounts of tricos hatching. A few fish - all dinks were hooked on trico duns during the morning. However, the larger fish came on nitros and flashback pheasant tails. One brown landed measured between 16-17". This was a beautiful fish in all its fall colors. The cameraman was too slow for a pic, so we don't have one up on the site. ;) Actually, the fish decided it had enough and scooted away. Also, landed a really colored up rainbow at about 14". These nice fish came out of the deeper runs and pocket water.
Bugs noticed were the tricos, which hatched until about 10:30. Small caddis also were about. Beautiful morning, all-be-it a tad chilly at the start.
For you salt hounds - the action has really heated up.
If you have any questions about this shoot us an email. We can help
you out with some advice on increasing your odds of finding these migratory
October 18, 2003
Dean had out Scott from Alexandria, Va and Tom from NYC. They decided to fish the Tully since it was approximately 1/2 way between the two of them. Today we couldn't have asked for better fall time weather, sunny, light breeze, 60 degrees F. Water was clear with a temp of 60 degrees and a release from Blue Marsh of around 273 cfs. Hit the water around 10 am and immediately there were size 18 caddis hatching and the fish were on the feed. With in the first 10 minutes Tom hooked up and landed a nice 12" rainbow. After a bit more time Scott hooked and landed a fat 14" bow that was just a PIG! As the morning continued Scott had look sees and/or missed strikes on a couple of more fish. Tom hooked into what I think was a real nice brown. The fish gave him a great fight on his 3wgt rod. In fact the fish got the best of Tom by wrapping the line around a nice size rock and finally releasing himself before we could bring him to net. After that humbling experience Tom set his sites on another fish rising in the shadows of Rebers Bridge. Tom so eloquently missed the strike on that fish. Around 12:30, things began to slow. We broke for lunch and then headed to the Palisades for some afternoon fishing. Things really hit a wall, this afternoon. No bugs hatching and not a fish surfacing. So we pulled out all the stops, and started to bang some rocks with caddis pupae and small bead head nymphs. Fished for a while without a bump until Tom stuck another 14" PIG of a rainbow. This was our only fish of the afternoon or maybe I should say trout because Tom proceeded to hook up and land 2-10" suckers on nymphs. Now that was entertaining! The rainbows in the Tully right now are just absolutely colorful. Some of the prettiest fish I have seen this year. Not too much time left this season to get out and enjoy the fall weather and fishing. Thats the only thing I don't like about fall....it leads to winter
October 14, 2003 - Tulpehocken Creek Report
We had out Mike Moore as our guest yesterday for some late afternoon/early evening fishing on the Tully. Couldn't have asked for better weather conditions, sunny and 70 degrees with virtually not wind. Mike's main intention for the day was to perfect his casting stroke, learn how to mend line and how to read different currents in order to get a drag free presentation. The first hour we worked on his casting and once he got the feel for the proper stroke and got a rhythm he was throwing a real nice line. Once we got the cast down, we worked on how to mend out line from the rod along with up-stream/down-stream mends so that the dry fly drifted naturally with the current. In the process of working on our mending, Mike hooked up with two trout and proceeded to land a nice fat rainbow of around 12". The colors on this fish were absolutely gorgeous. We continued our evening of fishing and Mike stuck a nice brown of around 13" off the surface on a green body cdc caddis (size 18). The brown really put up a fight and took some line on Mike. Mike fought the fish with great skill and finally brought him to the net. Mike had no intentions on catching a single fish today, but we did a bit better landing two and missing a couple more. We fished a combination of a caddis dry and small bead head midge pupae as a dropper. Noticed a lot of small size 22 blue winged olives hatching and lots of spinners above the riffs around 6pm. A few caddis are still hatching but not many. Look for more reports later on in the week.
October 13, 2003 - Lehigh River Float - Lehighton to Bowmanstown
Did a half day float yesterday - put in around 1 pm at Lehighton. Water temp was 58 degrees and flow was approximately 1100cfs. Couldn't have asked for better weather, sunny, light breeze and around 70 degrees. My guests today were Jeff and Bob. Both are new to the sport of fly fishing so before we set out we had a little fly casting 101 session. Jeff who has fly fished before did not have any trouble throwing 30-40 feet of line, we just fined tuned a few things. Bob who never picked up a fly rod till today, and in no time he was throwing 30+ feet with no problem. Started off with some brown wooley buggers. Only saw a few size 22 BWOs hatching and no risers. We didn't start to get into fish until the first long big pool below the Route 209 bridge. We anchored up and worked the water a bit and Bob hooked into a decent size trout but it pulled the hook. We continued our float and anchored up again above the TPK bridge at the pool at the cement plant. Bob banged a nice 12-13" brown from the pool and had another short strike. As we floated under the TPK bridge Jeff got into the act and hooked up with a nice 12-13" brown. Both fish were extremely colorful. As we made our way down past the junction with the Pohopoco, Bob and Jeff started to get some decent action. We didn't land a fish but we had a few hooked and some short strikes. We anchored up in the next pool and worked the water again and Bob hit a real nice fallfish around 14". Those fish can really put a bend in a fly rod. As we hit the Bowmantown take out around 5pm, Jeff decided to fish from the bank while I unloaded the boat and proceeded to hook up with and land a nice 10-12" smallmouth. Nice way to end a great day. All in all, catching wasn't the greatest today but Jeff and Bob made the best of it and you couldn't have asked for better weather and scenery.
October 11, 2003 - Salmon River Report/Update
One half of FFPA made it up to the Salmon River earlier this week. Thanks to the rain and cool weather the fish were plentiful - kings, cohos and a few briefly hooked steelies. Below is a sample of the many fish picked up throughout the stay.
The Lehigh is on tap for the weekend along with some more Tully action early next week. Hopefully weather premitting we will be able to hit the salt as well. Word is the action is hot and heavy on the northern beachfront. However, with the consistant easterly fetch currently along the NJ coast things might get a little scattered for a bit here in the near future. Shoot us an email if you got any fly fishing related questions about any of the stream we cover. Catch ya latter....
October 8, 2003 - Reports/Update
Upper Delaware Report
Sunday we floated from Balls Eddy to Shehawkin. We had mostly cloudy skies and a few light showers around. We saw one fish rise twice and that was it for the day. Again had a heavy BWO hatch in the afternoon. We boated only one brown on Sunday that was in the 11" range and missed three more on nymphs. This was a very frustrating day of fishing. Nothing seemed to work. Every year this fishery seems to decline in comparison to our past experiences on this river. It is truly a shame because it is a very beautiful area and river to fish. Just wish the powers that be could get their act together so that all parties involved can benefit from this magnificent resource.
Tulpehocken Report - Red Covered Bridge area
Lehigh River Update
Look for a Salmon River report later in the week. Word is fish are top to bottom and stacked like firewood in the deeper holes.
October 2, 2003 - Update
Fall is in the air! Shorter days, cool, crisp air and lo-sun angle mean the days of hatches and rising fish are beginning to wane. But we still got some time to get out and score some late season trout action. Water conditions continue to improve with a recent lull in the precip activity that has made this year one for the books. Look for the Lehigh to continue to drop with conditions about prime for floating and the foliage providing great scenery around every bend in the river. Remember this is the time of year that the browns begin to start moving around and become more active in anticipation of the upcoming spawn.
This weekend takes us to the Upper D. Due to being blown-out last weekend caused us to reschedule for this upcoming weekend. Hopefully we can see some late season hatches - bwos and isos being the two most likely. The Salmon River will also be calling. Look for fresh run fish to make their way into the river from the estuary as conditions and the internal biological clock ticks away. We will also be on the Tully next week, so look for reports from this stream in the near future as well.
It was last year in the middle of October that the saltwater scene
for the shore-bound angler started to bust wide open. Bunker, both peanuts
and adult along with spearing were all along the northern beaches of
New Jersey. Hopefully this will be the case this year as well. This
hot action lasted until the last week of November - peaking around the
second week of November. Devoting adequet time and persistance is really
the key to cashing in on this saltwater action.
Look for an update toward the end of next week since we will be unable to log-on and update. Enjoy the weekend and this beautiful fall weather. What a great time of year. Especially so since we have so much water, unlike years past. We look foward to a great fall spawn on the streams where spawning takes place in the tribs.