September 2005 Report
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29, 2005 - Lehigh
Over the weekend we had out two groups on the Lehigh.
Ray, Paul, Joe and Greg all had afternoon/eve wade trips.
Water levels are still conducive for wade fishing and
water temps are now dropping. Bug activity was fair for
fall conditions - but varied greatly between location
fished. We had hatches of slate drakes, BWOs and some
summer sulphurs still. In one location just prior to dark
there were enough sulphurs to bring up a few fish and
in the other location there were some slate drake spinners
and a good BWO spinner fall. Problem is the BWOs are very
tiny, size 24 and most of the time Lehigh trout would
rather feed on something with more bang for the buck.
Totals for the afternoon include Paul landing 2 browns,
one going 16" and also a big rainbow that also went
16". Joe got a dink smallie and was schooled by a
big rainbow that took a stonefly nymph in a heavy run.
Ray had some good shots but the fish were a little short
on the take and Greg got one small trout on a nymph -
he missed a few other as well..
All together, the fishing is picking up but the fish
still seem to be in isolated locations and have not really
spread out yet. Hopefully we get some rain to spread the
fish out and weather pending we will be able to get the
clack back on the river before the year is out.
Prime Lehigh River nymphing water.
Paul with a nicely colored Lehigh River brownie.
24, 2005 - SALT!
It is time to grab the korkers, and hi-tail-it to the salt!
It is starting to bust wide open. Action was fantastic
last weekend, and from what we hear, there are larger fishing
beginning to cruise the wash! Now till Christmas is the time
to hit it.
We still have openings for our Fall
Blitz Package. Check it out! Many don't know it,
but we have a world-class fishery right at our doorstep. Email
us for more info.
Hooked-upwith a blue on the rocks. Always an
20, 2005 - Lehigh River Report
Finally, the fishing is picking up on the Lehigh.
Look for isos, olives, caddis, summer sulphurs and a few BIG
stoneflys here and there. You won't find a lot of each bug,
but if you lump them all together, you have rising fish. The
fish are looking up, so concentrate on using drys.
This is all good to see, especially after the summer we've
had. Water temps soared into the 80s for many days on end, and
flows offered little relief at all. Evenings are your best bet
and wading opportunities are a plenty on this big river. Shoot
us an email
if this interests you.
Lehigh River brownie taken off the top.
18, 2005 - UPDATE
As we leave summer behind, and look toward October on the
Lehigh we begin to see the trees and those Lehigh River browns
show their true colors! Hopefully this summer's low water and
above normal water temps did not beat up on the trout too much.
Look for little blue winged olives, small caddis and a few slate
drakes in the beginning of the month. As always streamers and
wooly buggers are effective in the fall.
The Lehigh River
Stocking Association (LRSA) will be doing its fall fingerling
stocking. The LRSA puts in thousands of 6-7" brown trout
fingerlings that are usually 10-12" by April.
If smallmouth bass are your target species, these feisty fish
should be putting on the feed bags big time. Indian summer days
always seem to be the best days to fish the river so get out
and enjoy October's splendor, the fishing will just be a bonus.
10, 2005 - UPDATE
Everything is low right now - especially
so here in Eastern PA! Beltzville is releasing water
for lo-flow augmentation - releases are about 90cfs.
Release temps have hit 60F in the afternoon, which
is warm - relatively speaking - for the Po. This is
a great level though for this stream!
Blue Marsh is also releasing - release temps
are in the 70s!!!! The Tully is officially outta cold water!
for the Tully.
7, 2005 - UPDATE
New for 2005
is our Fall
Blitz Package. This is a perfect oppotunitity
to learn about fly fishing the salt. We take care of all the
logistics! If you want to catch bass and blues on the fly,
then this is the trip you have been looking for.
Very reasonably priced!!!
done thru TCO
Fly Shop. For any questions, email us
September 6, 2005 - UPDATE
Now is the time of year where we see the last cycle of mayflies,
which will wrap up the season. One of our favorites is the
Isonychia. Most of the time these mayflies will emerge onto
midstream rocks and along the banks, which can be easily seen
due to the leftover shucks. But they can also emerge mid-river.
In the nymph stage they are extremely effective swimmers, and
can really dart about. The trout know this to, since they can
feed aggressively on the nymph stage. Letting a nymph swing
thru the riffs or paring with a dry as a tamden rig can be an
effective method of fishing. Look for these bugs on just about
all of our freestoners.