Friday, May 23, 2008

Trout Update #4: Delaware and Raritan

Two nights ago I fished the Ken Lockwood Gorge and caught two stocked brown trout: one on a pheasant tail nymph and the other on a tad caddis. I found the stream to be somewhat more difficult than normal...the fish are getting smarter perhaps.

Yesterday I drove to the Upper Delaware. It was a beautiful ride up through the Catskills; NY Route 17 follows the Beaver Kill, then the East Branch of the Delaware, and finally it winds next to the West Branch of the Delaware after the town of Hancock. I crossed the NY/PA border south of Hancock and proceeded to spend five frustrating hours of trying to understand a difficult river. It was also cold and rainy. I did, however, manage to catch three wild brook trout on a small spinner in a tiny tributary of the West Branch named Faulkner Brook (I'm 99% sure). I hope to write up something more substantial essay-style post about yesterday in the coming days. Make sure to stop back soon.

Overall Total: 24

River Breakdown:

Raritan River, South Branch - 12 (6 Stocked Brook, 4 Stocked Brown, 1 Wild Brook, 1 Wild Brown)
Brodhead Creek - 4 (3 Stocked Brown, 1 Stocked Rainbow)
Faulkner Brook - 3 (3 Wild Brook)
Pequest River - 3 (3 Stocked Brown)
Lawrence Brook - 1 (1 Stocked Brook)
Musconetcong River - 1 (1 Stocked Brown)

Species Breakdown:

Brown Trout - 12
Stocked - 11
Wild - 1

Brook Trout - 11
Stocked - 7
Wild - 4

Rainbow Trout - 1
Stocked - 1
Wild - 0

Stocked Trout - 19
Wild Trout - 5

Trout 15+ Inches: 0

Angling Breakdown:

Fly Fishing Rod - 13 (7 Stocked Brook, 4 Stocked Brown, 1 Wild Brook, 1 Wild Brown)

Spinning Rod - 11 (7 Stocked Brown, 3 Wild Brook, 1 Stocked Rainbow)

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