The Upper Delaware is an all-year-long fishery in select locations but generally speaking, we are serving our customers with quality fishing from April through October. We are available for those who wish to take advantage of ideal winter conditions when midges and stoneflies reveal themselves.
Orvis rods/reels are always on board for customers' use if desired. In addition, all terminal tackle such as leaders, tippets, flies, etc. are provided.
The Upper Delaware System is unique in that it is comprised of both freestone rivers and tailwaters. The freestones (Beaverkill and Willowemoc) are small-to-medium rivers and are walk/wade ventures where driving from spot to spot is a necessity. These rivers are constructed with a variety of river terrains, from bouldery pocket water to long, glassy flats with nice runs in between. The East and West Branches of the Delaware are tailwaters that form the Main Stem and are considered medium-to-big water and is conducive to float fishing its many miles. These rivers offer a variety of public access points if the customer chooses to walk/wade and get a taste of the easy wading opportunities these rivers afford. The most favored method of fishing these rivers is a combination float/wade where we access the river by driftboat and fish the length of any one of the various stretches utilizing the boat for transportation/fishing and wade fishing at select spots when river levels allow. For the most adventuresome, the Neversinkwith its 45 minute hike inis a spectacular smaller river with a variety of pocket water, runs, and pools.
Spring fishing (April and May) can be unpredictable, with weather ranging from mild to snow, rain, and wind; however, the Upper Delaware is known for its famous springtime hatches regardless of the weather. June, July, and August are typical summer days ranging from the 60s to the 90s with occasional afternoon thunderstorms. September and October start cooling again with air temperatures ranging from the 40s to the 70s with occasional rainfall. Water temperatures throughout the region are stable through the spring and generally into the first part of June. The West Branch maintains an all-season-long coldwater fishery with water temps ranging from the low 40s to the low 60s depending on location. The upper East Branch also provides much of the same. The lower East Branch and Main stem are a bit more temperature sensitive and generally fish the best in the spring through early summer and again in the fall. The freestones can be temperature sensitive based on the air temps and water levels as the summertime conditions set in, but cool back down rapidly with favorable weather conditions.
All full-day trips include lunch and soft drinks and are a minimum of 8-9 hours with start times generally varying between 9-11am, depending on the time of season. Start times are also flexible based on customer requests. Our lunches are very thoughtfully prepared and respect the dietary needs or restrictions of our customers. Half-day trips include snacks and soft drinks and are 4-5 hours of fishing with start times based on customer needs, flexibility, and/or fishing conditions. Since the river system has many unique qualities, and can fish differently under changing conditions, our meeting paces will vary accordingly. We seek to provide the best fishing quality based on water levels, bug hatches, and current fishing conditions in general, so being flexible is key.
The Upper Delaware is known for its spectacular bug hatches and cold water so fly fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout is an all-season event. Hatches are numerous from Hendricksons and blue quills to March browns, drakes, sulphurs, caddis, and isonychias. All aspects of fly fishing are implemented: dry flies, nymphing, streamers, and wet flies on the swing, using both traditional fly gear and as well as Spey-casting gear. Mid-summer through fall also provides opportunities for smallmouth bass fishing on a fly or light spinning tackle.
Customers should bring their rods, 8½-foot through 10-foot 4-, 5-, or 6-weights, with matching reels and lines, waders, and long wading underwear or pants to protect against the cold water, heavy socks, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing vest/pack, terminal tackle, camera, and extra clothing regardless of the season.
Q. Where are you nearest airports?
A. The nearest large airport is Binghamton, New York, approximately 40 minutes from the Delaware. For those arriving on a small commuter plane, Sidney, New York has a nice facility just 20 minutes from the Delaware.
Q. Is there lodging in the area?
A. There are multiple lodging facilities in the area, including our own Lighthouse Lodge, located right on the bank of the West Branch.
Q. How to gratuities work?
A. They are not expected but graciously accepted.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 6 reviews
6 of 6 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
By: BarnhardtsPool18 from Eastern Massachusetts
My father and I have had the pleasure of taking 3 float trips on the West Branch with Wayne and we can't say enough good things about the experience. His knowledge of the river, the insects and ability to put us onto fish is fantastic. Beyond that Wayne makes the time spent in the boat thoroughly enjoyable, he's just a great person to spend a day fishing with and my dad & I can't wait for our next trip. I have no reservations about recommending Wayne as a guide.
Hardest Working Guide on the River -
By: NineThree from San Diego, CA, USA
Wayne Aldridge and his River of Life Adventures team exceeded my expectations. From the home-made lunches, the comfortable room accommodations and of course Wayne's knowledge and skill on the river. Wayne was well prepared for the high water conditions in that we all caught nice trout. I have done my share of guided fly fishing in other parts of the country, but have never been with a guide willing to work nearly twelve hours each day to provide his clients with instruction, encouragement, stories, humor and endless flys (well tied!).
Wayne's World Rocks -
By: WBUDR1stimer from Bucks County, PA
For our first trip to the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River, Wayne delivered the goods. His knowledge and experience got this novice on nice 16-18" wild brownies in high, fast water on dry flies and streamers. His patience to teach and his respect of the trout and water would bring me back again. Awesome boat, gear and accomodations were icing on the cake.
Enjoyable weekend -
We fished with Wayne for two days, in windy cool conditions. We found a few fish, learned a lot about reading water conditions and various fly fishing techniques. We would not look for another guide when we fish the same waters.
Professional & Fun Makes for GREAT Fishing! -
By: HusbandAndWifeTeam from Milford, NJ, USA
We have fished all over the world and have experienced many guides, both in salt and fresh water climates. Wayne Aldridge is one of the best! Even tempered - even when your line tangles - again. Passionate about trying new things such as comparing our single handed rods with our switch rods or his Spey rod and very, very knowledgable about the river, its hot spots and what flies are most effective. Add in his secret weapon - his wife Laurie's lunches and a day with Wayne is truly something to look forward to. We have happily fished with him more than once and will do so again... In fact, we can hardly wait!
Couldn't ask for more -
By: Flyfishingwife from Deposit, NY, USA
My husband and I spent the whole day with Wayne on the West Branch of the Deleware. Wayne knows the river. Took us to all his best spots and we both caught trout. I'm the novice and he was very patient gave good tips and let me do it myself so I would learn. Supplied a great lunch and we had a long and rewarding day on the river. I would recommend him highly.