March 2006 Report

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We thank you for your support and look forward to 2006.

We have revised our Package Trip schedule for '06. You can click-thru on the link above or below for more information. And don't forget - if you have any questions - feel free to ask.

Be sure to mark your calendar for these FFPA '06 trips:
Penns Creek - Apr 29-30
Penns Creek - June 10-11
Penns Creek - Sep 30-Oct 1
New Jersey Saltwater - Nov 11-12

Of course we always have our Business Person's Specials and Evening Floats on the Lehigh

March 29, 2006

Getting drier!! We could definitely use some liquid. Mother Nature - help us out! Look for streams and even the bigger waters to be at wade friendly flows, albeit a little clear. Barring any significant rain - opening day conditions should be some of the most benign seen in years.

Penns Creek Weekend Package Year after year - late-April is when we traditionally get into some of our larger fish. No doubt this might have to do with our deep-water nymphing techniques, as waters tend to run brisk at that time of year. What will this year bring...time will tell, but if this weather trend continues the dry fly might get a bit more of a workout this year. Shoot us an email if you want to take advantage of this phenomenal fishery.

March 15, 2006 - NJ Warmwater

Pickeral, largemouths, crappies, perch and gills were the name of the game this past weekend as we changed things up and headed east for some warmwater action. The day started bigtime wet with heavy downppours, but by the time we were ready to lauch the kayaks the dampness had begun to know what they say - rain before seven, clear by eleven.

Nice size fly rod pick. Gotta be careful with these toothy critters!

A nicely darkened up early spring bass.
Lots of fun on a five weight

Just about everything ate a simple cork popper. Some of the visuals were great - especially when the pickeral would slash through the water after the surface fly. The panfish would just suck it in. We never knew what we were going to get next. Make sure you check out our package trips.

We got into a handful of these.

March 14, 2006 - Francis E Walter Update

The Corps has started to fill Francis E Walter. The plan is to take the lake up to 1,365' above sea level and have that level in place May 1. There should really be no problem in pulling off. Also of note is all water is being pushed through the 1,297' by-pass valves. This means very little water is being pulled from 1,250' to 1,297'. Hopefully this will capture the coldest water and extend the 'life' of it when we truely need it - summer. All in all, this year should be very interesting to watch and see how the release temps flucuate.

Note: For reference...On May 1 the FEW should be approximately 115' deep. This is more than double the depth of the deepest point at Blue Marsh, meanwhile Beltzville is 140' deep. Learn more at the Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance site -

March 5, 2006

All waters are running lower than normal and relatively clear. The smallest of water are so clear that the slightest water spray from a false cast will send'em motoring. However the bigger waters are running at a really nice level. The Lehigh is between the Lehighton gage as of writing. This is a great fishing level! It is going to be really tempting - if we get some springlike air temps - to uncover the Clack and check out the river.

  • Be sure to check out our Penns Creek Weekend Package - streamside lodging, meals, 2-days of on-stream instruction. More info. Reports from previous Penns Weekends - 2005; 2004; 2003.
  • As of right now we are booked solid for May and June on the Lehigh. In the meantime - please email us and we'll add your name to a wait list. We will do our best to try and accommodate.