Fly-Fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River

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The trout that inhabit the Upper Delaware River are large, wild, and highly selective, with fighting skills so legendary that many well-traveled anglers consider them to be among the most athletic in the world. Fly-Fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River provides detailed information about the three tailwater branches that constitute this vast and complex river system-the West Branch, the East Branch, and the Main Stem-with maps that point the way to exact fishing locations. Included are descriptions of ...
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Overview

The trout that inhabit the Upper Delaware River are large, wild, and highly selective, with fighting skills so legendary that many well-traveled anglers consider them to be among the most athletic in the world. Fly-Fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River provides detailed information about the three tailwater branches that constitute this vast and complex river system-the West Branch, the East Branch, and the Main Stem-with maps that point the way to exact fishing locations. Included are descriptions of public-access areas, directions for reaching them, and their corresponding GPS coordinates. This comprehensive guide analyzes the trout species that live in the Upper Delaware-browns, rainbows, and brookies-and offers important seasonal hatch information, fishing techniques, and recipes of Upper Delaware trout-tested patterns so that your fly box will be up to the challenge of the river's celebrated fish. The most complete, authoritative guide to the Upper Delaware, Tactics for night fishing, winter fishing, and dry-fly, nymph, and streamer fishing, Describes boat launches and takeouts, wading options, and the high-water mark, Hotels, B&Bs, cabin rentals, restaurants, fly shops, guide services, drift boat and canoe rentals, river flow information.

About the Author:
Paul Weamer is the former managing partner of Border Water Outfitters fly shop in Hancock, New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811734080
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,439,071
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Weamer is Fly Fisherman magazine’s Mid Atlantic Field Editor and the author, or coauthor, of five fly-fishing books. Paul has been a professional fly tier, licensed fly-fishing guide, and co-owner or manager of three highly successful fly-fishing shops and guide services in New York and Pennsylvania. He currently resides with his wife, Ruthann, and his English Mastiff, Midge, along Penns Creek in Coburn, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Creation of the Upper Delaware's Tailwater Trout Fishery     11
Cannonsville Reservoir and the West Branch above the Dam     11
Pepacton Reservoir and the East Branch above the Dam     16
The Delaware Aqueduct     17
West Branch Tailwater     19
Upper West Branch Tailwater: Cannonsville Reservoir to Hale Eddy Bridge     25
Lower West Branch Tailwater: Hale Eddy Bridge to Junction Pool     37
East Branch Tailwater     48
Upper East Branch Tailwater     54
Top of the Upper East Branch: Pepacton Reservoir to Shinhopple     56
Bottom of the Upper East Branch: Shinhopple to the Jaws     65
Lower East Branch Tailwater     76
Top of the Lower East Branch: The Jaws to Fishs Eddy     78
Bottom of the Lower East Branch: Fishs Eddy to Junction Pool     88
Main Stem     99
Upper Main Stem: Junction Pool (Bard Parker) to Buckingham     106
Middle Main Stem: Buckingham to Long Eddy     114
Lower Main Stem: Long Eddy to Tower Road     120
The Fish and How to Catch Them     130
The Fish     130
Equipment     137
Dry-FlyFishing     139
Nymph and Wet-Fly Fishing     149
Streamer Fishing     157
Night Fishing     165
Etiquette     168
Spring Hatches     173
Mayflies     175
Caddisflies     193
Stoneflies     198
Summer Hatches, Fall Hatches, and Winter Fly Fishing     201
Summer Mayflies     202
Summer Caddisflies     216
Summer Terrestrials     217
Fall Hatches     221
Winter Fly Fishing     223
Understanding the Resource     225
Commonly Asked Questions     225
Navigable Public Highways and the High-Water Mark     235
Catch-and-Release     237
Thermal Stress     237
The Future of the Fishery     237
Resources     239
Hotels and Motels     239
Bed-and-Breakfasts     239
Cabin Rentals     239
Campgrounds     240
Fast Food, Restaurants, and Specialty Foods     240
Fly Shops     241
Fishing Licenses     241
Guide Services     241
Drift Boat and Canoe Rentals      243
Shuttle Services     243
River Flow Information     243
Local Split Bamboo Fly-Rod Builders     243
Delaware River Legislation     243
References     244
Index     245
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