Archive for June, 2009

It’s been one hell of a ride…

Posted in Fishing Reports on June 30, 2009 by stflyfisher

It’s been an interesting Spring, as depicted by the USGS chart below.  The West Branch of the Delaware started the early fishing season with low flows and some very warm weather.  And then the rains came.  The Cannonsville Reservoir, which feeds this fantastic tailwater fishery with ice-cold bottom water, has been over 100% full and spilling over, creating unwadeable, and in some cases unfishable conditions.  The last 2 days have brought more rain.  The only silver lining is the fact that I hope to be flyfishing the salt over the July 4th holidays.  Tight lines…It's been one Hell of a ride...

Home Water

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 by stflyfisher
The view from my backyard deck...

The view from my backyard deck...

50 yards out my back door lies a pond, home water I call “Grippen Pond”.  It’s at least as old as my mid-sixties era house.  The great willows that grace its shallow end were planted by my neighbor across the street, back when a dairy barn stood where my house now does.

Grippen Pond is spring-fed, but it’s warm and fertile so that by early August, it is nearly weed-choked.  The bass, sunfish, minnows, turtles (snappers included), leopard frogs, leeches, salamanders, dragonflies and damselflies that call it home don’t mind one bit.  In the evening in summer the swallows come out and play “top gun” over its mirror surface, and not long after, as dark descends, come the bats.  Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks, green heron and great blue heron also call it home.

When the rivers are as full as they are now – the Susquehanna flowing like milk chocolate – the West Branch of the Delaware roaring with water spilling over the dam at Cannonsville – this “little water” is a god-send.  Stand by its banks in the evening and you will witness gangs of bass terrorizing the shallows.  Throw a popper in any of the weed pockets, and hang on…