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Support your local TU

July 20, 2016

So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

Again this summer we are setting records. Already we have had several “thermal stress events” in our rivers. Just about every authority urges that we suspend trout fishing when the water temperatures exceed 70°. So, for much of the Delaware River Main Stem, with water temperatures in the mid-70s and above, trout fishing is out until the cooler temperatures of fall. But that doesn’t mean you have to stow your fishing gear.

A great smallmouth bass fishery exists on the mid- to lower-section of the Delaware. Ten Mile River access to the Zane Grey takeout is one of the best fishing floats for these abundant fighters. You don’t need any fancy equipment to catch these aggressive feeders—spin rods, bait casters and fly rods all work well. Riffle sections are the hot spots, and almost any soft lure, spinner, spoon, or streamer will catch these smallies.

As it happens, first prize in the Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) fundraising raffle this year plays on this theme. Master Carver Lew Trowbridge carved a spectacular artwork, “The Big 3 of the Delaware” (rainbow, brown and smallmouth). The local chapter of Trout Unlimited will be selling raffle tickets for this prize (and also a Lander’s River Trip) at Riverfest in Narrowsburg on July 24. TU members will also be selling “Casting for Recovery” hand-tied pink flies to help in this important effort.

So what is TU? It was founded in 1959 to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. But like so many crucial things, it is important to think globally and act locally. So what does our local chapter do?