Last week’s weather proved we are now fully in spring. On a recent trip to the West Branch of the Delaware, the hillside trees were red with buds and the bank-side vegetation was definitely starting to green up. Bugs are now splatting windshields as one drives by creeks, streams and rivers.
Fly fishing should improve dramatically this week with warmer water temperatures. As of Friday afternoon, Owego Creek was flowing a cool 46 degrees. Towards evening midges were seen hatching on Nanticoke Creek and the trout were rising to them sporadically. Fly shops in the area of the West Branch of the Delaware are also reporting some excellent hatches. The Hendrickson hatch has started as has the caddis hatch (Chimarra and Apple). Blue quills are also still around but black stoneflies appear to be fading.
If fly fishing for trout is not possible or the crowds have you down, don’t forget that fly fishing for largemouth bass is open as long as you practice catch and release. Local ponds and lakes are warming up, and fishing wooly buggers or other streamer patterns late in the afternoon through evening can be effective. Remember that the bass won’t always be as feisty as they are in summer. The exception to this is shallow water areas that have been warmed during a bright day. Once daylight fades, these areas can be a great spot to catch actively feeding bass.
The Al Hazzard TU chapter is seeking volunteers for some conservation work this weekend. The chapter has been doing stream restoration work on Genegantslet Creek. Flooding in past years has put much of this fine work in jeopardy due to soil erosion, so the chapter is going to hold a tree-planting day on Saturday, May 4. 2,000 willow saplings will be planted along the banks and helping hands are greatly needed. The conservation event kicks off at 9 a.m. Bring a bar for planting, if possible, and don’t forget to being fishing gear for some relaxing fly fishing after the work has been done. If interested, please contact Frank Andros at 607-723-7844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The week ahead will start with rain but end up with mostly sunny skies. The area will receive rain on Monday and Tuesday, but after that the skies will brighten up for most of the week. Day-time temperatures will climb to the upper 60’s with night-time lows in the mid-40’s. With creek, stream and river levels as they are, fly fishing conditions should be excellent.