West Branch Tying and Drifting

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Guest Blogger: Brandon Sausner

I like to fish the West Branch of the Delaware River in and around Deposit New York in July. The river is known for selective trout, clear water, drift ruining micro currents and so many hatches it’s hard to pick a fly. July is not seen as prime season so the lodging rates are a little better and the people a little more sparsely spread throughout the river. I recommend staying at the Dream Catcher lodge and doing two to three floats a day from the Cow Pasture pool above town, down to the Dream Catcher pull out. If you’re having a solid go of it you will only get in two drifts; stopping frequently to play with rising trout. I know not everyone has a drift boat and the river is often suitable for wading; but beg, borrow, and steal to bring your own boat. Some times when my father and I fish it we bring an old bike to stash in the weeds so that the trailer is waiting for us at the end of the evening. I ride the bike back up to my dad who is waiting with the gear to start our drift. If we are doing a single drift we just choose a longer stretch of river and do one big float. The Cow Pasture pool to Hale Eddy can be great, and we have our favorite spots along the way.

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