On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Nutmeg TU will hold its monthly meeting at 7PM. We have a new location at Marissa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main St, Trumbull, CT, just South of where I-25 crosses Route 111. Tony Ritter is going to share some history on the Upper Delaware River that contributed to the creation of the great tailwater fishery. And he will tell us some of his tips, and techniques to improve our success for fishing this water. Along the way we will learn some of the best locations and suggested flies that work well.
Tony has operated a driftboat fishing guide service on the Upper Delaware River and West Branch Delaware for twenty-two years. He specializes in wild trout on one of the best tailwater rivers in the United States located in the Catskill / Pocono Regions of New York and Pennsylvania. He is licensed by the National Park Service, the NYS DEC and the Pennsylvania FBC. Between his days on the river teaching new clients casting, and making their day one to remember, Tony is also an elected town councilman for the Town of Tusten in Narrowsburg, NY and has chaired the Upper Delaware Council’s Water Use Resource Management Committee since 2011.
The Upper Delaware River is one of the few rivers in the eastern United States that supports a wild trout fishery with both rainbows and browns. It also has an American Shad run in the spring since there are no dams on this river and is free flowing to the ocean for 270 miles. Besides wild trout and shad, Field and Stream magazine has stated that this river also has one of the five best smallmouth rivers in the United States as well as holding an ample supply of walleye.
The Delaware River is located in a beautiful valley located between the Catskills and Poconos and is two hours northwest of New York City. Deer, turkey, bald eagles, bear, mink, red tail hawks, beavers, and osprey are not uncommon sights while fishing on a river charter throughout the season which runs from April through November. There is no industry in the river valley thus the water is clean and well oxygenated, resulting in varied hatches of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies for trout to feed on, as well as many more insects and minnows.
His fly patterns, articles, blog and real time river data can be found at: