April 10, 2012
The west branch of the Delaware River received a huge shipment of brown trout on Friday. Trucks from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Catskill Hatchery arrived in Walton shortly after 10 a.m. and brought the hatchery fish to numerous locations, on five sections of the river, from there up-river to Hobart.
If you live in the east then the Upper Delaware is for you. The river’s substantial main stem is formed by the merger of the East and West Branch in the small town of Hancock. The Upper Delaware River is located on the New York and Pennsylvania border, and is said by many to be the best wild trout fishery in the East. Both the East Branch and the West Branch originate in the Catskill Mountains where they join to create the scenic Delaware River. These three rivers are a fly fishers paradise where wild trout test the skills of all levels of anglers.
Since both branches are tailwater, temperatures remain cool year-round (a rarity in the east) and aquatic insect life abounds. These traits hold true for both branches as well as about 30 miles of the main stem (down to Calicoon). The only exception is the lower part of the East Branch, which warms considerably in summer (in general, the West Branch is colder than the East). All three sections provide fine fishing, with the biggest fish in the main stem. As for scenery, the surrounding softly contoured mountains that are common in the east add a welcoming touch. Conveniently, the river is no more than 150 miles northwest of New York City.
The river itself varies in character. After dropping down some rapids below the dam, the upper West Branch flattens out and flows around modest islands, which gradually disappear and yield to long, wide pools interrupted by shallow riffles. The West Branch is dominated by browns, with some rainbows and brookies to be caught, and much of it can be waded. The East Branch is flat, slow and cold in its upper stretches above Shinhopple, not unlike a spring creek. Here, you are better off in a boat, due to the thick weeds that form in the summer. Fish in this branch range from brookies in the upper stretch to heavy browns further down as the water warms. At Shinhopple, it drops down a section of rapids. The main branch is big trout habitat, with long, deep pools up to 1/2 mile long, riffles, large boulders and steep drop-offs where the river runs up against wooded ridges. This area can be fished by shore or by boat; wading is possible, but can be tricky.
Most of the river, especially the upper branches, is flanked by tall weeds which induce the trout to feed on terrestrials throughout the summer. Add to this a plethora of heavy hatches, and you have yourself a veritable feast for the trout — and sometimes puzzling fishing for the angler. Matching the hatch can be critical, and the fish are often finicky. While there are too many hatches to mention, popular hatch patterns include Tan Caddis’ from mid-April through early September, Blue-Winged Olives from August through September, and Tricos from August through October. Note that much of the access land is private and you can enter only with the landowner’s permission or with a guide who has already taken care of this for you. Otherwise, enter from one of about 5 or 6 public access points (you can then wade up and down). Paved roads line much of the river, and railroad tracks parallel the New York side of the main stem. One benefit of the Delaware’s role as a border river between New York and Pennsylvania is that the states have a reciprocal fishing license agreement for the main stem. One caveat on the fishing quality: river flows depend greatly on dam releases. Just be sure to call a local fly shop ahead of time to check the flows. If flows are low, the trout tend to migrate upstream, especially into the West Branch of the beautiful Catskills!
2012 Trout Stocking for Delaware County
Each year DEC releases over one million pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. These fish are stocked for two main purposes– to enhance recreational fishing and to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied. The DEC runs 12 fish hatcheries, each specializing in raising one or more species of fish, including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge.
The following listing reflects the anticipated number of yearling and older trout to be stocked into listed waters during spring 2012. Actual numbers and stocking times may vary depending on fish availability and weather conditions. The fish are stocked with help from County Federated Sportsmen.
Delaware County, DEC Region 4
|Beaver Kill||Colchester||1860||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Beaver Kill||Colchester||1150||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Beaver Kill||Colchester||1075||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Beaver Kill||Colchester||2310||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Beaver Kill||Colchester||1860||May – June||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Big Pond||Andes||250||Spring||Rainbow Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
|Big Pond||Andes||220||Spring||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Cannonsville Reservoir||Deposit and Tompkins||6650||May||Brown Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
|Carrs Creek||Sidney||440||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Charlotte Creek||Davenport||300||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Charlotte Creek||Davenport||4560||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Charlotte Creek||Davenport||1070||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Colchester||400||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Colchester||370||May||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Middletown||3200||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Middletown||750||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Middletown||500||May – June||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Middletown, Roxbury||710||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Middletown, Roxbury||180||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Middletown, Roxbury||50||May – June||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Roxbury||270||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Roxbury||90||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River East Branch||Roxbury||50||May – June||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Delhi||640||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Delhi||4880||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Delhi||1150||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Hamden, Walton||480||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Hamden, Walton||4080||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Hamden, Walton||1020||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Harpersfield||280||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Harpersfield||1860||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Harpersfield||440||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Kortright||800||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Delaware River West Branch||Kortright||270||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Launt Pond||Tompkins||670||April||Brook Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Little Delaware River||Bovina||350||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Little Delaware River||Delhi||350||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Little Pond||Andes||200||Spring||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Little Pond||Andes||90||Spring||Brown Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
|Little Pond||Andes||200||Spring||Rainbow Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
|Mud Pond||Colchester||90||Spring||Brown Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
|Mud Pond||Colchester||300||Spring||Rainbow Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
|Ouleout Creek||Franklin||2220||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Ouleout Creek||Franklin||150||April||Brown Trout||12 -15 inches|
|Ouleout Creek||Franklin||800||May||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Ouleout Creek South Fork||Franklin||580||April||Brown Trout||8 – 9 inches|
|Pepacton Reservoir||Colchester||8870||Spring||Brown Trout||8.5 – 9.5 inches|
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