White River Group Trip

This past week six of us skipped town for two days of fishing the White River in Arkansas. With cabin fever setting in we booked this trip to get outside and see some country and possible stick a giant brown. Although we missed our opportunities at some of the legends of the white we had a great time together. We got two decent browns and stuck some bows and cut throat trout on bobbers. Throwing the big sinking lines can strain on you. The whole time we were there we all secretly were wishing we were in the Catskills! A little over a month now until Hendricksons!!!

Upper Delaware River Report 2/16/22

As of right now the Upper Delaware Rivers with the Beaverkill and Willowemoc are all low. The flow charts show every river below average. The reservoir system is about 5% lower than the yearly average on this date. The total reservoir system for NYC drinking water is 84% full. That’s shy of the 89% average historically speaking.

The Upper Delaware rivers will get about an inch of rain this week which should pump a lot of the rivers bank full. The precipitation will also help fill up the reservoirs some. We need a good big snow before the spring comes. The snow pack is anywhere from 0” to 10” depending where you might be in the hills. Some higher altitude north facing mountains have the volume of the snow pack.

Upper Delaware River Winter Ice Fly Fishing Report

Be careful this weekend if you are headed to the river. There will be big ice chunks floating down the river during this thaw. The more downstream you get in rivers the higher possibility you will see ice.

To see up to date flow charts click here.

Weather for Winter Upper Delaware River System

Ice Breaks Be Careful 2/15/22

We have had some cold times up here in the Catskills this past month. Shelf ice and ice that takes shape across the slow pools will breakup during the warmer spells. This Thursday and Friday it might happen.

Beaverkill River Winter Fishing

The picture above is on the Beaverkill this weekend. Scotty in the picture is 6’0” tall so you can see how tall the ice is in some spots. The ice can be devastating to bug populations if while traveling down river in scores the bottom of the river. The freestone streams such as the Beaverkill or the Willowemoc tend to get more ice than the tailwaters. The West and East Branches of the Delaware generally will be pretty ice free until you get far enough away from the dam. In some years the state has had to explode ice pileups near public bridges.

Beaverkill River Winter Nymphing

Later this week I’ll add in what I think about the Upper Delaware Watershed water levels. From the reservoirs to the rivers. Don’t forget if you want to see all the flow charts at once just visit our FLOWS PAGE.