Blue Stream Fly Fishing
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East Branch Delaware River - Fishes Eddy - New York

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Midday 18-24 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
February Midges Midday 18-24 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
March Blue Wing Olive, Midges Midday-Afternoon 16-24 Blue Wing Olive, Brassie
April Blue Wing Olive, Hendrickson, Quill Gordon Midday-Evening 12-18 Blue Wing Olive, Hendrickson Dry, Quill Gordon Dry
May Blue Wing Olive, March Brown, Gray Fox Morning-Noon 10-16 Blue Wing Olive, March Brown Dry Fly, Grey Fox
June Sulphurs, Blue Wing Olive, Light Cahill Afternoon-Evening 14-16 Sulphur Emerger, Blue Wing Olive, Light Cahill
July Light Cahill, Terrestrials Morning-Late Evening 10-18 Light Cahill, Chernobyl Ant, Hopper Patterns
August Tiny Blue Winged Olive, Terrestrials Midday-Evening 18-22 Rusty Spinner, Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns
September Blue Wing Olive, Terrestrials Midday-Late Evening 14-20 Blue Wing Olive, Grasshopper, Elk Hair Caddis
October Blue Wing Olive Morning-Midday 16-20 Blue Wing Olive, Griffith's Gnat, Woolly Bugger
November Isonychia, Midges Midday 14-22 Isonychia Nymph, Zebra Midge, BWO Nymph
December Midges Midday 16-24 Zebra Midge, WD-40, Brassie

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Located in New York state, the East Branch Delaware River offers some of the best spots for fly fishing. Notably, the area around Fishes Eddy provides an excellent setting for a fantastic fishing experience. Some of the best spots include:

  • East Branch of the Delaware River: Highly recommended for its rich variety of species, this location is best known for fly fishing opportunities for wild brown and rainbow trout.
  • Fishes Eddy Pool: Close to the hamlet of Fishes Eddy, the pool offers serene environments, ideal for trout fishing.
  • Hancock Region: It is an excellent part for catching wild and holdover brown trout. Hemlock and Chestnut casts deliver masters of the area.
  • Junction Pool: Situated at the meeting point of the East and West branches. Highly recommended, especially in the early season.
  • Hale Eddy: Just a little downstream from Fishes Eddy, it’s a renowned spot for dry fly fishing.

Please remember to observe fishing regulations, always carry your license, and respect the nature that surrounds you during your visit.

Best Access Points

The East Branch Delaware River at Fishes Eddy is renowned among anglers for its exceptional fly fishing opportunities, offering ample access points that cater to varying skill levels and preferences.

  • Harvard: Fly fishers can access the East Branch Delaware River at Harvard, the upstream section of Fishes Eddy. It’s surrounded by picturesque meadows, making it popular for day trips.
  • Stilesville: Located just below the Cannonsville Reservoir, Stilesville provides one of the richest access points, popular for its brown trout and picturesque setting.
  • East Branch Riverside Park: A public access point situated in Fishes Eddy village. It is ideal for family days out with picnic areas and comfort stations available.
  • Route 17 Overpass: A classic starting point for many seasoned anglers, providing direct access to the deeper parts of the river known for large bass.

Remember, these areas pose different challenges, so choose wisely based on your experience and species you are targeting.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: This is a species of trout that can be found in abundance in the Delaware. They are heavily targeted for their fighting spirit and their size.
  • Rainbow Trout: Rainbow trout are another popular fish for fly fishermen. They are well-known for their beautiful coloration and jumping ability.
  • Brook Trout: Brook trout are native to the area and a favorite for fly fishermen due to their aggressive feeding habits and beautiful colors.
  • American Shad: Fly fishing for shad can be a unique challenge, but one that is rewarding. The East Branch Delaware River has ample shad during their spawning season in the spring.
  • Walleye: While not typically considered a traditional target for fly fishing, the East Branch Delaware River has good numbers of walleye that can reach sizable proportions.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Known for their strength and determination, smallmouth bass provide a challenging and fun test for fly fishermen.
  • Carp: Carp are a big, strong fish that can test a fly fisherman’s skills to the max. While not a traditional species for fly fishing, they can be a fun alternative.
  • Northern Pike: While not as common as the trout species, Northern Pike can be a thrilling target for a fly fisherman, and can offer a ferocious fight.

About The River

The East Branch of the Delaware River, home to a charming little hamlet called Fishes Eddy, is a beautiful stream with rich history dating back to the 17th century. It connects to the Delaware River – one of America’s longest free-flowing waterways.
  • The river has been a vital artery for trade and transport since colonial times, and Fishes Eddy has played its part as a bustling stopover place.
  • In the 19th century, the hamlet prospered with the rise of lumbering and dairy farming.
  • Fishes Eddy was famously named after two fishermen, Ed and Eddie, who got lost on the river and ended up in the hamlet.
Today, the river’s unspoiled scenery lures visitors to kayak, fish, or simply appreciate nature’s beauty. Although tiny, Fishes Eddy boasts character and quirkiness. This corner has evolved, always echoing the river’s constant, yet ever-changing, flow.

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