East Branch Delaware

Overview of East Branch Delaware

The East Branch of the Delaware River is the hardest river to fish in the Catskills and possibly the United States. We guide the East Branch from Downsville NY until it meets the west branch in Hancock NY.

Here is up-to-date flows. Scroll down for more information about the East Branch of the Delaware.

USGS Water-data graph for site 01417000

USGS Water-data graph for site 01417500

USGS Water-data graph for site 01421000


The east branch is broken up into two sections. The upper and the lower.

Upper East: The upper east is from the confluence of the Beaverkill upstream. The lower is from the Beaverkill downsteam. They meet at exit 90 on Highway 17 near the Sunoco station.

The Upper has a few access points but it is mostly private. It is a tough river with spooky fish. The upper river has a rafting company that is fun for kids and families. It’s called Al’s Bait and Sport shop in Downsville NY. He’s a nice gentleman.

Lower East: From the junction of the Beaverkill river the lower east branch flows for another 17 miles until it forms the Mainstem.

The lower east branch has very minimal access and tends to get very warm in the summer months. Small mouth bass and an occasional walleye is mostly what will be caught mid summer.

Rogue browns are caught as well as rainbows in select areas. It’s all about utilizing a guide in touch with the lower east at different flows.

The east can get warm very quickly and be ethically wrong to fish it.

east branch delaware brown trout
A very nice east branch brown trout