Most years we're trout fishing by April 15, but when the spring comes early, we start early. Trout fishing goes through mid-October (sometimes later). Smallmouth bass fishing begins in late June and continues into October.
On all our trips we provide the use of any necessary tackle. On full-day trips lunch and soft drinks are provided. We always have the right flies should you not have them. Loaner waders are also available depending on sizing. But, most of all, our commitment to do the best we can for you!
The Upper Delaware System offers the experience of big river wild trout fishing and wade fishing in small to medium-sized water, some with the feel and technicality of a spring creek. With few exceptions, the rivers and streams are easily waded with an easy bottom and slow-to-medium currents. We fish via driftboat, wading, or driftboat and wading. It all depends on the river and water conditions.
The season here begins in April, where you can experience several weather changes in just one day, so layering warm clothing and rain gear is a must. As the season progresses, you'll find May to be cool in the early part to warmer later in the month, but in all instances a fleece or jacket and rain gear should be with you on the water throughout the season. You'll find summertime evenings and mornings often dropping into the 50s.
A typical day on the water is anything but typical. The only absolute we have found in fly fishing is that things change. For this reason it's best if you have a flexible start and finish time in order to take full advantage of what the fishing conditions offer. In any event, a full-day fishing trip is no less than 8 hours on the water. Having said that, here are a few expectations for an itinerary. In April plan on starting around 9am and finishing at dusk. By May the start time will probably adjust to 10am with a dusk ending and by summer you'll be looking at starting about 11 or 12. We also sometimes suggest split days (early morning and late afternoon) when conditions warrant it and it fits our client’s schedule.
In April and continuing into October the insects begin hatching and bring the on the dry-fly action. Early season fishing is drifting and often streamer fishing until any early hatches start. From late April through October the Delaware system is known for its excellent dry-fly fishing but when the fish are not on the surface we also use various nymphing techniques, wet flies, and streamers.
On our trips and on most others, you should bring sunglasses, rain jacket, hat, sunblock, leaders, waders, fishing tackle as appropriate, light jacket/fleece, and any other personal item you'd like to have along.
Q. Do you provide lodging?
A. We are not in the lodging business but can arrange lodging for you if needed.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 29 reviews
29 of 29 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Awesome Day! -
By: DryFlyGuy33 from New York, NY
I’ve been coming up to fish the Upper Delaware for 20 years and last Friday (under the expertise of Ryan Furtak) was my best day on the River, hands down. Ryan’s knowledge of the River is unparalleled and he’s an all-around great guy to be around. It’s not a question of if I’ll book Ryan again, it’s a question of when and it’s not soon enough!
Day on the river -
Fished 10 miles of the upper Delaware with guide Ryan Furtak on June 4. I could tell you in detail how much fun I had fighting beautiful rainbow and brown trout on wet and dry flies but it would take too long!! Ryan helped my technique and form which came in handy when he consistently put me on fish. Towards the end of the day I had to switch hands fighting because my wrist hurt. Ryan is a very knowledgeable guide and a great guy to spend time with fishing. And he packs a mean lunch!!!!
Fantastic Week -
By: TarponBoy from Flushing, NY
Tim Oliphant guided us for three days and converted a sceptic into a trout fanatic. Patient and detailed casting instructions helped make for a wonderful experience. His enthusiasm is only exceeded by his knowledge and experience. I will never forget my first Rainbow thanks to Tim's hard work.
awesome day with bad conditions -
By: alpinFrenchie from New York, NY, USA
i was on the Delaware river Saturday where i float for the first time with friends. Ryan was my guide and it was an awesome experience. even if the conditions wasn't the best, sunny, windy and high water temperature, Ryan knew what to do and where to bring us to catch fish without putting there life in danger. because of Ryan's great professionalism, today my casting is better, i learn a how to choose flies and the attitude to adopt on bad conditions. thank you so much Ryan, i hope i'll be able to do an other trip with you soon.
Fabulous Trip -
By: Muskie from Lake Orion, MI
I had the pleasure of fishing for 3 days with guide Tim Oliphant from MI. We fished the West, East and Main Stem. Tim put in solid 10 hour days and produced fish, as is his norm. He is focused and tenacious on the targeted fish and is an expert on the bugs. Best of all, he provided great casting instruction to my best friend who is learning the sport. Thank you, Tim. Let's do it again.
Great time on the delaware -
By: theleadertangler from Philadelphia, PA, USA
Just had a memorable experience spending 12 hours with a buddy and guide Ryan Furtak working the river last week. Being a newbie fly guy i needed alot of direction and patience trying to figure out how to do things right. Ryan was fantastic in his handling of the boat and keeping his attention on the main objective, putting us where we wanted to be, on the fish. It was a fantastic day for me and cant wait to book another trip with Ryan.
Double Day with Ryan - June 2 -
My buddy Pat and I floated to Tower Rd. and had action all day with nymphs and drys. Anytime you can have a double digit day landing fish on the Delaware is good. And, my buddy did well too. As an experienced Delaware angler I would recommend Ryan. He gave casting instructions that were helpful to Pat and was very efficient with his time and the right spots for maximum action. We probably missed as many as we landed. We probably had 20-25 hook ups.
big fish, good conversation -
By: charliefishes from brooklyn, ny
Just got back from a float trip with Joe D on the upper mainstem. At the end of the day, I'd bagged 4 trout over 17 inches and 4 smallies -- all on dry flies. The fishing was truly electric. After dark, it became clear to me why Joe is considered the top-hand in the Delaware system. During the spinner fall, he was eyeballing risers right and left that I would never have noticed. Because of him telling me where to cast and when to set the hook, I landed an 18" rainbow that I never even saw. Joe D could have blind people catching fish on dry flies. It was absolutely ridiculous.
Joe D -
By: JohnCStewart from Jersey City, NJ
I've fished with Joe D already twice this year. I am a father of 2, and my vacations are best enjoyed locally. Last year, we fished 4 times, for trout and pikes. I prefer a knowledgeable guide and developing a friendship. I'd rather know my local waters, and fish it 50 times a year by myself, using the knowledge that was taught me than to look abroad for expensive entertainment. If I had more money, I'd do both of course... Joe is smart and articulate. If you're on the water to learn, he's your guy. If you have bad eyesight, like me, he can describe a spot on the water, guide your cast, and have you set and catch fish during the spinner fall, which he did for me the last time out. Best guide I've fished with in the world, no question.
Ryan Furtak floats -
By: Richard1979 from Scotland
We floated the main stem with Ryan on our recent trip from Scotland. Was a pleasure and he knew the river so well that we both hooked fish all day. Nothing was too much a and assistance and knowledge was shared at every opportune moment. Ryan is a genuinely nice guy who clearly loves his job and we had the best time on the Delaware during our floats. Would highly recommend Ryan and cross current for guiding going forward.