01/18/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



New Series Sets of Fly Fishing DVD
We have added two new sets of fly fishing DVD that lets you save some money by
purchasing a few at a time. One we call the "Small Stream" Series that includes four
DVD and the other is called the "Getting Started' Series that includes five DVD.
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Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 5

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

The Northeastern United States is where fly fishing first begin in this country.
The streams of the Catskills were the very first fly fishing destinations. Even though
it is considered just a relatively short distance at this time, just a few generations
back you should remember that it took people days to travel to the Catskill
Mountains from heavily populated sections of the East such as New York City. That
was before there was such a thing as the automobile. Today, the streams of the
Catskills are still prime destinations for many Eastern anglers. The streams
themselves are basically the same as they were back then with one major difference
- dams. Dams were built to create reservoirs to produce electricity, control flooding
and provide water for large towns like New York City. Two of those dams produced
one of the finest trout streams in the East - the Delaware River Tailwaters

Delaware River:
The Upper Delaware River system really consist of two distinctly different rivers, the
East Branch and the West Branch. Together, they form the main stem of the
Delaware River which most locals just call the Big D. For all practical purposes,
there are three sections of the Upper Delaware River - The East and West
Branches and the Big D. The reason is each of these sections are large and very
different in many respects. Together the represent a huge amount of prime trout
water.

The East Branch tailwater flows from Pepacton Reservoir together with one other
larger freestone stream - the Beaver Kill. The West Branch tailwater flows from the
Cannonsville Reservoir. The Big D, or main stem of the upper river, is formed by
both the East and West Branches, so it's in essence the tailwaters of two dams. All
three of these sections are big and rightly deserve to be treated as three separate
streams for all practical purposes. Our Perfect Fly section on the Delaware list it as
one river but we break it down into three sections in the
Fly Fishing Guide section.

The East Branch is probably fished the least of the three. In reality, it has two
sections that are very different. The section above the Beaver Kill confluence
upstream to the dam and the section below the Beaver Kill confluence to the
confluence of the two Branches or the beginning of the main stem of the river. The
section first mentioned stays cold year-round and the section below the Beaver Kill
doesn't. The water from the Batten Kill warms the stream during the hot Summer
and the wild trout population suffers as a result. The lower section of the East
Branch is stocked. Everything else, including the several miles of water above the
Beaver Kill of the East Branch, the entire West Branch and the Main Stem of the
river isn't stocked. In other words, only one smaller section of one Branch is
stocked.
The wild trout areas, consisting of almost ninety miles of the river,
all have decent populations of large, wild brown and rainbow trout. The
large, wild rainbows in the Big D are something any angler would admire.

Put bluntly, the West Branch of the Delaware River, together with the Big D, is
probably the best tailwater stream in the Eastern United States. Hold on there
Ausable River fans. I'll get to you shortly. The upper section of the East Branch is
also a very good wild trout stream. It also has some wild and native brook trout in
parts of the stream and its small tributaries.

I'll give the Upper Delaware River an "A minus" and the minus is there only because
of the Beaver Kill's warm water influence that affects a small part of the overall river
system, and the fact it can become crowded during the peak season. Keep in mind
that being crowded is a reflection of the quality of the stream. Poor trout streams
located in fairly remote areas aren't usually crowded with anglers.

Beaver Kill (River):
I have to write about the Beaver Kill or I might get Kill-ed. Right up front, I will tell you
that is deserves its place in history and that it's a beautiful trout stream; but, at times
I think the beavers like the river better than trout. Different sections of the river
varies in overall fishing quality from its uppermost headwaters to the lower section
which also carries the water of Willowemoc Creek.

The Beaver Kill is a big river that's forty miles long. As mentioned above, it's a
tributary of the Delaware River. It flows through the heart of the Catskills and is a
very popular trout stream. It's also probably the most famous stream in the East.
Just about every pool in the river has a name - names like the Hendrickson Pool
and the famous Junction Pool. Be sure to see all the pictures shown in our
Stream
Section at the bottom of this linked page on the left that were provided by my friend
Dennis McCarthy.   

I'll also probably get Kill-ed for writing this, but I would rate the Beaver Kill as a "B"
trout stream. There's plenty of wild trout but the stream also receives supplemental
stockings in some areas. The river has some good size wild brown trout and it
provides some good fishing opportunities at times. It's a beautiful trout stream with
lots of public access and it's certainly worth anyone's time to fish. Lots of work has
been done to improve the trout's habitat. We have fished the Beaver Kill several
times and I will continue to do so as long as I live. I always enjoy fishing there
whether I'm very successful or not. It can be a tough stream to fish and one where
at times, matching the most available food supply is absolutely necessary.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh