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30Apr06 - I fished a Delaware River trib. from 11:00 - 3:00.  The water continues to drop and become more clear.  The carp spawn is nearly finished.  A pod of 30 or so shad were preparing to spawn.  No flies could entice them. I caught 4 smallmouth, two were around 14".  I also caught 1 brown trout, 2 bluegills and 1 rockbass.  Successful flies included Dougherty's Paddler, Clouser Crayfish and an olive woolly bugger.

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28Apr06 - I repeated what I had done last Friday and fished the Delaware River and a trib.  Fish were everywhere but none to catch (OK 1 lonely 6" smallmouth bass).  Carp are still available in the tribs but are spread throughout the creeks due to the recent rains.  Additionally, they appeared fewer in numbers.  Several large > 15" smallmouths were spotted but no takers.  The real story were the shad.  I probably saw at least a 100 shad moving up. The largest pod numbered about 15 in size. The fish looked a little beat-up with nose and fin abrasions.  All sizes and colors of flies were used with just one hit on a small chartreuse dumbbell fly similar to the Parachute Salmon fly.

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27Apr06 - The Susquehanna River flats have been producing stripers for the past few weeks.  Smaller fish were available first, but as you can see from the picture below that's changed.  Thanks for the report Steve. Several fish were caught, all using Wally's Wowzer.

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Striped bass

Steve Walthius with a Susquehanna River flats striper.

Fly: Wally's Wowzer

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21Apr06 - I fished the Delaware River and one of it's tributaries between 5:00 and 8:30 PM.  The weather was cool and the wind was blowing upstream with gusto.  I rotated flies hoping to pick up a striper, walleye or some shad on the main branch, but nothing.  Even the shad fishermen fishing from boats were striking-out.  I decided to target the spawning carp moving into the tributaries.  A small tan Clouser crayfish was used to hook the estimated 10 pound carp below. After a nice fight and a couple of pictures I released it unharmed to do it's thing.

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Carp

A Delaware tributary estimated 10 pound carp.

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15Apr06 - I fished Lake Nockamixon (PA) in the afternoon and the Delaware River in the evening.  The weather was beautiful and the water clear.  I was targeting larger fish at both places and managed to get skunked at both.  A few small bass were visible at Lake Nockamixon.  A tremendous midge hatch occurred at sundown on the Delaware but subsided after about 30 minutes.  Some caddis were emerging as well.  Carp and or suckers to 5+ pounds were jumping out of the water.

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02Apr06 - Before the report some good news.  My girlfriend Nancy and I got engaged by the banks of the Little Lehigh creek.  Sunday was a beautiful day for both proposing and for fishing.  After a happy yes and a little lunch we both went on to catch trout.  The weather was warm with a slight breeze and the water was clear.  Nancy caught two rainbows, one on a size 16 black deer hair beetle and the other on a size 18 grey caddis.  I caught two palominos on a size 10 olive bead head woolly bugger and had several hits on other small dries.  There was a rumor that small BWO were emerging late morning but by afternoon the hatch subsided.  Hatches were few in the afternoon but included an occasional size 14 stonefly, a few more tan/brown size 18 caddis and even more midges.  Fishing pressure was moderate to heavy.

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