East Branch Delaware River Fishing Report

Originating from an unnamed pond northeast of Hancock, New York, the East Branch runs for 75 miles. What matters though to anglers is stretch below the Pepacton Reservoir, a cold, rich tailwater that provides great habitat for trout.   From the Downsville Dam to its confluence with the Delaware, enthusiasts can   enjoy 33 miles of truly great fishing.

Like many rivers, the East Branch is thought of in two sections, the upper and lower. Small and narrow, the upper water is cold and clear, assuming many characteristics of a freshwater stream. It winds through a tree lined, scenic valley with long flat pools and braided channels formed by a series of small islands. Remaining cold throughout the summer season, both wild and hatchery born brown trout thrive. Less abundant are wild rainbow and native brook although they are there to be found and taken.

Near the town of East Branch and its junction with the Beaverkill River, the lower section begins. At this point the river widens out, varying from 75 to over 150 feet across. Flows become slower with the appearance of deep pools and limited riffles. During the warm summer months the river tends to heat up, forcing the fish to flee to the cooler, upper Branch waters or the main stem Delaware.

Gravel covers much of the river bottom but there are boulders and ledges where fish can hide. A mix of wild and stocked fish run the river, with browns dominating the upper section, rainbows the lower.
 
Additional Information
Tributaries:
Beaverkill River
Source:
Unnamed pond
Mouth:
Delaware River
Length:
75 miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringBlack stonefly, brown stonefly, black, gray & olive caddis, BWO, red & blue quill, Hendrickson X
SummerBWO, tan caddis, slate drake
FallBWO, slate drake
Game Fish Opportunities
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River Water Temperature
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