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May 31, 2005 - Lehigh River Update

We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!! We've been on the water a bunch over the last few days. The action remains steady, with sulphurs, march browns, caddis, and olives on the water at various times throughout the day. If nothing is rising - buggers and very big wet flies - size 8 - have done the trick. In the next few weeks keep an eye out for the large BWOs that appear in the late afternoon on the Lehigh.

This coming up week we will be away on our annual pilgrimage to Martha's Vineyard so do not look for any web updates during the week and into early next week. We are hoping for some nice warm weather, as the last few years have been COLD!! We've been in ski hats and covered head-to-toe in fleece!


Pam with a really nicely colored up Lehigh River brown.

May 26, 2005 - Lehigh River Update

We had noted fisheries biologist Bob Bachman and fantastic trout angler - out on the Lehigh the other day for an afternoon of fishing. Some of you may already know this, but he is responsible for creating/enhancing the tailwaters down in Maryland. Talk about some great fisheries!!!!

The day immediately started off with sippers going strong. Sulphurs were on the water HEAVY from 4pm to dark. Lots of noses and fins were showing throughout. The water is VERY low - only 640cfs at Lehighton, but water temps are fine. Wading at this level is doable, but use caution!!!

Should be a nice Memorial Day Weekend and don't expect much of a whitewater release. There is only a 250cfs inflow right now and the lake is sitting at ~1,332'. The 2005 Plan calls for the lake to not drop below 1,330'.

FYI...according to the Army Corps the White Haven gage has been vandalized. Great! We have not heard a timetable for this to be back online.

Bob with a dandy Lehigh River brown caught on a Sulphur.

May 24, 2005 - UPDATE
As of the last few days we have not been on the water. We continue to be plagued by low-flows and a lack of rain north across the whole state, but most signicantly north of the PA TPK! Hopefully that will change in the near future since it is only a matter of time we head into that Summertime pattern of HEAT! As it stands right now the fish need more water. Look for a few Lehigh reports over the next week as we have a some trips lined up. The word is the river is still on and is producing quite well. Flows are great for wading and floating at this poin in time. In fact water temps all the way to Easton are in the 50s.

Some of you may have noticed - but as of now - the White Haven temp gage for the Lehigh has been offline for about a week - an email has been sent to the ACOE inquirering about the issue. Enjoy the great dry fly water!!!!

May 20, 2005 - Lehigh River Update
Hot night on the Lehigh! Rising fish everywhere!! The majority of the fish were in the 14" range - with a few 18" fish hooked, but not landed. Caddis, march browns and sulphurs. Hot fly was a sulphur sparkle dun. Water temp was 61 - this is below the Gap. A decent number of the fish hooked were wild. Just think if we could get cold water for this river. Please remember just about every trout stocked in the Lehigh below the Gorge is courtesy of the Lehigh River Stocking Association. Please give support them! To learn more about what they are doing for the Lehigh - click here.

May 18, 2005 - UPDATE

The current outflow from FEW is 260cfs. According to the Francis E. Walter Dam Target White Water Release Schedule for 2005 - the release is not to go below 250cfs at this time of year. Chances are this weekend will show a release equal to the inflow.

With flows like this wading is possible...but definitely use EXTREME caution. The rocks are big and slippery!! A wading staff is a must. As for bugs - caddis, march browns and sulphurs. Water temps are now reaching into the low-60s.

We need some rain! All waters are low. Especially Central PA.

May 16, 2005 - Lehigh River Report

On Saturday Dean had out Tom and Ed. Two buddies whose friendship goes all the way back to elementary school. Both fishermen are dryfly enthusiasts. The day started off throwing some buggers, but after a while there was little production. The caddis soon began to pop and the switch to dries was made in hopes of finding some rising fish. By now the wind is beginning to kick up and there was no rhyme or reason to the direction, up river, down river, across river.... it was all over the place making casting dries difficult.

A beefy looking Lehigh River brown.
On our travels down river we spotted a few risers here and there - but nothing consistent like on Friday and the fish were very picky. We pulled into some of the best runs and pools that were as shielded from the wind as we could get. That seemed to help a bit as both anglers did hook into some fish. By evening we only landed one fish (a 12" brown) but had about 3-4 hookups or missed strikes. There was one last spot I wanted to try before the end of the trip. Again, a bit out of the wind. Well this spot didn't disappoint. As we pulled in we spotted a fish rising. Tom had on a sulphur and made two nice casts, and on the second a beautiful 16" brown came up and slurped in his dry fly. After a great battle, a couple of pics, we released the fat, healthy brown back to the river. According to Tom this is one of the biggest and nicest fish he has caught on the river. Glad she gave up some "gold" for him.

May 14, 2005 - Lehigh River Report

On Friday we had out the Smith brothers - John, Ted and Tom. It was a great day on the water with plenty of good 'ole trash talkin and fish catching goin' on! Everyone got into plenty of fish. Besides the fish that were landed - numerous 14"+ trout and smallies were tangled with. Hatches throughout the day included size 14-16 tan caddis, #12 march browns, and in late afternoon the sulphurs started. FYI - they are very light colored. From the time we started to the end - every good piece of dry fly water had rising fish. Otherwise, underneath was the ticket. It does not matter if it is buggers, nymphs, spinners or bait. At the start of the day - 9am - the water temp was 57f at the end of the day it was 61f.

A beautiful Lehigh River brown.

Fat smallie!

14" brown - tan caddis

Of note were the 4" native brookie and 4" wild brown that we picked up along the way.

Just think what cold water out of the dam would do for this fishery. The brown was caught just below Bowmanstown and the brookie was caught just above Slatington.

May 9, 2005 - SE PA Report

Over the weekend we had out Sean on one of our SE PA limestone waters. Overall the fishing was rather disappointing, but he did stick two trout during the afternoon. He hit all right spots and presented his fly just right. Water clarity was gin-clear and the winds were rather gusty. Both fish took a subsurface fly, as there was very little insect activity on top. It is just a matter of days before the sulphurs start. Oh yeah...lots of dogs out and about. Stealthy approach is not in their vocabulary.

May 8, 2005 - Lehigh Report

The first float of the year on the Lehigh turned up meager results. One brown hooked n lost, one pig smallie hooked n lost and one largemouth bass landed. Yup! That is a first for us to. Along the way we had a few other taps here and there, but for the most part it was slow for this afternoon session. Hendricksons and tan caddis were hatching pretty good, but we did not see one rise.

Our first ever Lehigh River largemouth bass. It ate a black wooly bugger.
The water is still running very cold. Only reaching the low-to-mid-fifties during the heat of the day. In fact - for the Philly area - we are off to the coldest start to May in over 20 years.

We've got some trips lined up this week. Check back!

Green dots indicate streams flowing about normal. Tan and burgendy dots are streams running below normal. This is from the USGS site - an invaluable resource. Check it out!

We could really use some rain!

May 3, 2005 - Penns Creek Report

Nympers delight! Keep those rod tips high!!!

This past weekend we hit Penns for our second annual Penns Creek Weekend sponsored by TCO Fly Shop. Both our guests wanted to take the "PLUNGE" and were fired up to fish one of PA finest wild trout streams.

Saturday's weather couldn't have been better - drizzle throughout and cold air temps. These are the conditions we dream of when fishing this stream. The fishing was steady throughout the day - with nymphs early on and some dry fly action to round it out toward the evening. Both guests had many hookups with a good percentage of those coming to net. In the afternoon there was prolific hatches of BWO's (size 18-20), hendricksons, blue quills, quill gordons and a few left over grannoms - a proverbial smorgasbord. Also of note was the amount of people out and about. This made it tough to move around as much as we normally like to. No doubt the low-flows are bringing the folks out.

On Sunday, the decision was made to dodge the crowds on the C&R stretch and hit some different water - Dean's secret stretch. This paid off, as the water was all ours and so were the fish 8^) The action was great and nymphs did the trick. At about noon some surface activity was noticed.

Besides the fish catching - each angler picked up a few fishing techniques and they also got a session in entomology 101. Hopefully they can now put these pointers to good use on other streams and improve their fishing skill set.

Great job by both anglers! Hope to have them back.

Eric with a hefty wild Penns Creek brownie!

The Lehigh River

The water temps are still very cold! Only about 50 or so all the way from the dam to down below the gorge into Palmerton/Wanutport/Slatington. If and when we get some warmer weather we should see a pick-up in the bugs and action. Hopefully by weeks end we will be able to get out on the water and get a first hand account. Levels have been for the most part good for fishing.

Meanwhile, look for flows on all waters to be low! We need some rain to bring the flows back up as the trees are really starting to suck up all the groundwater.

Keep an eye out for the Sulphurs...they should be popping very soon if not already on your local water.

Please check out our 2005 Lehigh River Plan page.