The Upper Delaware features 100's of miles of fishable streams and rivers. With so many options and conditions, river flows, water temperatures and hatch activity can have a large affect on the fishing. The help of a guide can be a great way to cut the learning curve, or even simply improve success for those who don't have the free time to fish as often. The Delaware can provide some of the best dry fly fishing you'll come across. However, with angling pressure and the Delawares' extremely extensive aquatic insect life, it can also be one of the most challenging and technical fisheries around - all the more rewarding when putting a trophy wild trout to net!
A floating guided trip can afford an angler access not only to unwadeable waters, but with the ability to fish miles of water in a single day. A much more affordable alternative to purchasing a boat yourself, our guides have years of experience navigating the Delaware. With their extensive knowledge of the system, they are very effective at locating feeding fish and putting you in all the right spots for a successful day of fishing!
Walk Wade Trips
For those who would rather spend their days trekking the riverbeds, guided walk wade trips afford the angler a great learning experience. Our guides can help you learn many new spots to come back to. They can help teach you to read water on your own, from feeding habits to insect life, all the while helping tweak your technique and approach.
Half day: $325
Full day: $425
Rates are for 1-2 anglers for Float or Walk Wades
Additional $125 for a 3rd Walk Wade Angler
Be sure to having a NYS Fishing License!
Be ready before you arrive, get your NYS fishing license on-line!
We encourage you to bring any of your own gear, however we have waders, boots and gear for rent.
Special Trips and Programs
Fly Fishing Foray - Encounter
This two hour class is for those interested in learning fly fishing basics as well as those that might need a refresher course. Topics covered during the encounter include an overview of flyfishing designed to give an introduction to the angling sport. From basic gear needed to various casting mechanics such as roll and overhead casts, you will learn techniques and skills needed for fly fishing. Additional information will be provided on aquatic entomology to match the hatch, a well as water/wading safety and conservation practices.
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Fly Fishing Foray - Experience
This experience is a half day (four hour) outing tailored to your skill level as you engage in fishing for trout in local Catskill streams. Course details practical application of angling techniques such as fly selection, basics casts and river etiquette. Time spent with a licensed NY outdoor guide will help answer any questions you might have about anglings as well as provide you with personalized support to fine tune your presentation and angling abilities. Additional information will be provided on water/wading safety and conservation practices.
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The Catskill Tour
Experience the five historic trout streams Neversink, Willowemoc, Beaverkill, Esopus & Schoharie that make up the Catskills.
Day 1 is spent in the southern Catskills with a morning hiking into and fishing the Neversink. After a break for lunch, the Willowemoc is explored. Ending the day with an evening hatch on the Beaverkill.
Day 2 starts with chasing rainbow trout on the Esopus. After a break for lunch, the trip goes north to the Schoharie to finish off the adventure.
*Wade trips only, $850 for two days & two anglers.
The Esopus is the gem of the Northwestern Catskills. From it’s source on slide mountain down the Ashokan Reservoir the Esopus offers wide variety of angling opportunities for trout in the beautiful region of the Catskills.
*Wade trips only, standard guide rates apply.
Tightline Nymphing Clinic
Spend a day learning or refining your tightline nymphing with Bryn Bode one on one or in small group.
*Standard guide rates apply.
Night fishing with Rodents
There are few more effective ways to catch large trout then night fishing. Mouse / Rodent patterns offer the added excitement of the surface take. Wade or float trips are available.
*Standard guide rates apply.
Tenkara Fishing the Headwaters
The Upper Delaware and Beamoc often overshadow the dozens of excellent tributaries throughout the system. One of the most enjoyable and effective ways to target the native brook trout on the fly is the light tackle of tenkara. Your guide will give you a tour of some of excellent small streams in the system while introducing or refining your small stream tactics.
*Standard guide rates apply, limit 2 angers.
Carp on the Fly
Carp offer great excitement and size, but are frustratingly wary and a true test of the fly angler’s skill at presenting a fly. During the Summer months, join Brian Foster on the West Branch of the Delaware above the reservoir in pursuit of this amazing game fish.
*Standard guide rates apply.
Main Stem Smallies
Downstream from the amazing trout fishery of the Upper Delaware is an amazing Summer fishery for smallmouth bass. Smallies provide a great change of pace for the trout angler when Summer fishing options can be limited. They are an aggressive species that put up amazing fights. They are targeted with a combination of streamer, nymph and topwater patterns on heavy weight rods.
*Float trips only, standard rates apply.
Nick Rubicco has been fishing the Upper Delaware since his teens. With frequent visits to the area to satisfy his fishing needs, 3 years ago Nick decided to pack up and move to the Catskills full time to pursue his passions. Nick lives in Cooks Falls, and if he isn't walking or floating along the sections of the Upper Delaware, he is building bamboo rods in his workshop along the banks of the Beaverkill River. Nick has years of experience floating the Delaware, is an expert dry fly fisherman, and an all around top tier guide!
Bryn Bode came to Roscoe for a seasonal job 4 years ago, and after falling in love with the Delaware, has been here ever since. He has spent nearly all of his free time since then on the river or in the fly shop. There are very few people who spend as many days a year on the water fishing as him. Bryn's preferred techniques are tight line nymphing and dry fly fishing and is adept at both. Bryn loves to teach and share his techniques and approaches to whoever will listen. This is Bryn's 3rd season guiding, and when not on the water, he works full time here at the shop.
Brian Foster arrived in the Catskills in 2001 to begin his life in “Fly Fishing Heaven”. Brian calls Walton, NY, on the “Wild West Branch”, above the Cannonsville Reservoir, his home. This Northwestern corner of the Catskill turned Brian into a seasoned angler pursuing brown trout in the early spring on the West Branch, rainbows on the Esopus, & carp and bass in the warm waters of the summer months. Brian is well versed in Dry Fly and European Nymphing techniques. The sharing of knowledge and helping an angler grow is what Brian loves about this sport.
Jeff Foster is based in Walton, NY in the Western Catskill Mountains. He has been fly fishing and tying flies for close to 30 years. He enjoys the excellent fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities available in the surrounding areas. Jeff knows the Catskill Mountains very well and in addition to the well known hot spots, he is able to offer clients adventures off the beaten path to find small, cold, streams that hold native brook trout, as well as some lesser known and less crowded rivers with willing trout, bass, and carp. He has a solid ability to relate to people of all walks of life and enjoys teaching fly fishing and fly tying to those interested. Currently, Jeff serves as the President of the Beamoc Chapter #253 of Trout Unlimited.
RSVP: all reservations to be paid in full 10 days prior to trip.
Deposits are required at time of reservation. Cancellation made 10 days prior to trip will be refunded in full. Cancellations within 10 days may result in forfeiting deposit / trip rate.
For any reason the trip is cancelled by the shop or guide, all payments will be refunded in full.