Photos: An Amazing First-Time Steelhead

A couple weeks ago, a father hired me to guide him, his wife, his daughter, and her husband. The father and mother had fished 30 years ago, and the the other couple had never picked up a rod before. At this point in the season, I had planned to take them. . .

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Top 10 (and more!) Flies for Fall on the Upper Delaware


Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) has trouble deciding on just ten patterns for fall on his home waters.
Photo via Facebook

On the Upper Delaware system, fall is a bittersweet time of year for me. Bitter in so far as the season is coming to an all too quick close; sweet because the river lights up again like a final hurrah and . . .

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Photos: Night-Stalking with Mouse Flies for Big Browns

Written by: Drew Nisbet, Fishing Manager of Orvis Buffalo


After midnight, some of the biggest browns in the river go on the prowl.
Photos by Drew Nisbet

On Tuesday evening, I loaded up my car and made the drive from my job in Buffalo to spend the night casting a Morrish Mouse for big browns on the West Branch of the Delaware. Under . . .

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Podcast: Mastering the Hatch from a Boat, with Joe Demalderis


Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) guides anglers to tough Catskills trout from his trusty drift boat.
Photo via Facebook

This week, we feature an interview with an old friend, Joe Demalderis, of Cross Current Guide Service and Outfitters in the Catskills. Joe knows the Delaware system about as well as any . . .

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“Paying Homage,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply sits on the bank, waiting for a hatch to begin.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

Every year on the weekend after Memorial Day, Marshall Dickman, Andy Gill, Jeff Christenson, and I spend four days in Roscoe, New York, in the heart of the Catskills, where the fabled . . .

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Photos: A Saltwater Angler Takes on Tough Tailwater Trout

Written by: Capt. Gordon Churchill


It took him awhile to relearn the skills of his youth, but the author finished his day on a streak.
Photo by Gordon Churchill

Let me start by stating that I basically learned to fish on the Delaware River. No, I’m not counting the stocked streams and the lakes I fished closer to my father’s home north of Syracuse, New York. . . .

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Victory on the Delaware, as States Agree to Maintain Flows


Delaware River guide Joe Demalderis shows off the kind of trout healthy flows can produce.
Photo courtesy Cross Current Guide Service

Last week, we asked you to send emails and make phone calls to convince officials from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York City to agree on extending the . . .

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Take Action to Protect the Upper Delaware River

Written by: Sherri Resti Thomas, Friends of the Upper Delaware River


Delaware River guide Ryan Furtak shows off the kind of fish produced by good water flows.
Photo courtesy Cross Current Guide Service

The Upper Delaware River tailwater is one of the finest wild-trout fisheries in the country.
In less than a week, it could be in grave danger. New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and . . .

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