Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Hancock, New York.

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West Branch Angler & Resort


Phone icon800-201-2557 Email iconreservations@westbranchresort.com Link iconwestbranchresort.com
150 Faulkener Road
Hancock, NY 13783

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The Story

West Branch Angler Resort's upscale log cabin accommodations are nestled in a sprawling 300-acre park like setting along a 2-mile private section of the West Branch of the Delaware River. Known as the Gateway to the Catskills, the surrounding mountain scenery and grounds are marvelous. Bigger and better than ever, the West Branch Angler was completely renovated in 2007 with 12 new cabins and new amenities such as wireless internet access and a new pavilion. Whether you're fly fishing on the East's most productive wild trout fishery, shooting a round of sporting clays or taking a riverside hike on one of our groomed trails, it's no wonder that the West Branch Angler is known as The Premier Outdoor Destination in the East, located only a few hours from the major metros of the Northeast.

Date Range

April - November.

What is Provided to Customer

With any guided trip we include rental gear rod, reel, waders/boots.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

We fish the Delaware River System. These are medium sized streams with wadable and drift boat accessible sections. These rivers are located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, general elevation around 900 - 1200 ft.

Typical Weather by Season

Early Spring: Air Temps 20 - 40°
Spring: Air Temps 30 - 50°
Late Spring: 30 - 70°
Summer: 40 - 90°

On-site Activities

Fishing, sporting clays, 5 stand, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, exercise room, WiFi, hiking, boat rentals.

Off-site Activities

Beach, antiquing, hiking, rafting.

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A general trip is 2 nights lodging 1 day guided trip. Guest arrives on day one and gets settled in. You can fish right in front of cabin with guidance from fly shop as to what is working best. Dinner that evening at River Run Restaurant, then drink in the Trout Skellar bar. Next morning complimentary breakfast, then meet guide around 10am for trip. Fish till dark then return to cabin.

Species You Fish for by Season


Spring: Wild brown and rainbow and occasional brook trout. We have a full Eastern cycle of mayflies from Quill Gordon to Green Drakes.

Summer: Wild brown and rainbow, brook trout as well as smallmouth bass, walleye and occasional striped bass. The Delaware fishes much like a spring creek. Sulphurs and Olives will hatch all summer. Long leaders and accurate casts are a must.

Fall: Species of fish same as summer. Small Olives and Isonychia.

What Should Customers Bring?

All appropriate fly fishing gear, sun screen, proper thermal layering, rain gear, warm jacket, bug spray, charcoal, lighter fluid, food for cooking (if desired).

Rated 3 out of 5 by from not a clean ceo cabin i stayed in the CEO cabin with my family this past weekend & had to leave early because i had an asthma attack from all of the dust in the house. Our room was definitely not cleaned (maybe the bed was made but that’s it). There were cobwebs on the wreath above the bed and on the windowsills, dust covered the dresser, table and windows too. for the price that the cabin costs they should have someone properly clean it. i’ve stayed in other cabins and rentals from other companies that were cleaner than this. the rest of the house was dusty as well, the living room was worse. my boyfriend and mom had the worst allergies from i side of the house but they were both fine when they walked outside (i didnt ask anyone else staying with us how their allergies were), my boyfriend asked for my allergy pills because he couldn’t stand it and my mom complained about her eyes being itchy and constantly coughing because of the dust. there was also trash like broken bottles, food in tin foil, and beer cans in the fire pit which is not only disgusting but bad for the environment. my mom’s fiancè and his friend went fly fishing right outside of the house which is good for them but there is nothing else to do there for anyone else staying with them. the nearest town is 20 mins away and you can’t even walk around because not only is everything closed but there is nothing to do there. honestly i wouldn’t go back. i have more fun at places that have other things to do near by for the rest of the people i am on a trip with.
Date published: 2020-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can you make the rating scale go to 11? My son and I had an incredible day staying and floating the Delaware river in early May with West Branch Angler. Accommodations, food, and guide were all wonderful. Our Guide, Matt Ertzinger, also was a phenomenal coach as he helped my son (12) into playing, landing and releasing a 22"+ brown trout.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fly fishing heaven West Branch Angler Resort has first class accommodations, knowledgeable guides and a uniquely challenging fly fishing experience. Listen to your guides advice and experience first hand what it's like to outwit large native brown and rainbow trout on a fly!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute joy! The WB truly will make your jaw drop... Very few places offer more productive fishing than here. This has a been a mandatory trip for me to make for the past 18 years. Wouldn't trade it for anything. Truly is a place that must be experienced first hand to understand.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great experience Matt, Ben and the entire WB staff made my stay an excellent one. From comfortable accomidations, great food/drink and excellent fishing my weekend could not have been better. I will be back!
Date published: 2016-08-24
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