Delaware River Fly Fishing

The 27th most popular fly fishing river in New York.

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Northwest of Poughkeepsie near Hancock, the upper Delaware River is known for its world class wild brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. Most fish range from 15 to 18 inches in length. Many fly fishermen flock to the town of Hancock where there is the confluence with the East Branch (drift boating) and West Branch (wading). These branches have cool water all year round. The tailwater from Cannonsville reservoir (West Branch) and Pepacton reservoir (East Branch) provide cold water for excellent year round fishing.

For the most part, river access is a big problem since most of the shores are private land. There are a few public access points on SR191 (on the PA side), and on SR97 (on the NY side).

Overall, Delaware River is the 27th most popular fly fishing river of all 32 fly fishing spots in New York. Several of the better fly fishing rivers are nearby Delaware River including Esopus Creek, Neversink River, East Branch Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River, Willowemoc Creek and Beaver Kill River.


Local Contact(s):  Delaware County Tourism (607) 746-2281; Hancock Tourism (607) 637-4756; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS; AA Outfitters (800) 443-8119; Two Dogs Outfitters (315) 564-6366.

Recommended Book:  "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Wendy Gunn

Best Season:  May - Aug

Luxury Loding:  West Branch Angler Resort

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Delaware River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  41.941824, -75.287955

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/3/2016

ID:  19636

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