Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Support the Upper Delaware
News from FUDR (Friends of the Upper Delaware)
Hi Everyone,

When we received the public notice from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) last Sunday evening that repair work to fix a leaking pipe at the Cannonsville dam would require the reservoir release to drop to 40 cfs on Monday and then to zero by Tuesday, we knew it was going to be a rough week. In the days and weeks leading up to this event, it is our understanding that NYCDEP coordinated with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), but did not include any local voices. These agencies should always involve Upper Delaware River (UDR) conservation, business and local resident interests in these decisions. Instead, we found out on Sunday night along with everyone else on their mailing list.
There have been many improvements over the years in the management of the New York City Delaware basin reservoirs and the protection of the prized UDR wild trout fishery. Cooperation and collaboration between UDR watershed stakeholders, the NYCDEP, NYSDEC, and the PFBC have also greatly improved. Unfortunately, it only takes one incident like this one to undermine this progress and erode public trust.
It is important to note that everyone recognizes that the water supply for the City of New York is of paramount importance when making reservoir management decisions in the upper Delaware basin. We understand and accept that reality. However, experience tells us that in these types of situations there are often multiple approaches available that can meet infrastructure maintenance needs and also minimize or eliminate impacts to the river below the dams.
FUDR received many thoughts and suggestions from informed anglers and concerned community residents about alternative approaches that may have diminished the negative impacts to the river and still accomplished the objectives of the repair and maintenance work at the Cannonsville dam. However, because of the short notice, we didn't have a chance to explore any of them with the resource management agencies.
As a result, by Tuesday evening large swaths of river bed were exposed, fish were put under stress and concentrated and confined in small spaces, and the likelihood of damaging impacts to aquatic insect populations (the foundation of the aquatic food chain) seems high. Community residents and anglers, who value their roles as partners in protecting the river system, felt ignored and helpless as the situation unfolded.
This incident once again highlights the need for diligent and ongoing communications between resource management agencies and the public, and a reminder that the Upper Delaware watershed below the dams carries enormous economic and ecological value for tens of thousands of residents and visitors. Even an event like this of relatively short duration can have a negative effect on the health of the river and communities and businesses that rely on this invaluable natural resource.
We hope the events of the past several days can be a learning experience from which better and more open channels of communication can be explored when future maintenance needs inevitably arise.
Here's a snapshot of river impacts on the West Branch from earlier this week.
West Branch, Upstream of Deposit Bridge
photo Ron Chiavacci
Hale Eddy Gauge, West Branch
photo Steve Taggart 
West Branch, downstream of Hale Eddy Bridge
photo Steve Taggart
Hale Eddy Gauge, West Branch
photo Steve Taggart

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Finally some rain. It gave us a inche or so. This will help with some late season fishing. It may also wash out some of the leaves. I'm gonna try to go out tomorrow or Saturday. With some micro fly patterns. My note books tell me to.

Brookfield Sucks!

Monday, November 2, 2020

 Long article from Lehighvalleylive.com on threats to the Delaware River system. 

Not a word about Snake Heads.


Brookfield Sucks!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

It may be  a good day for for the Lackawaxen tomorrow! Water is at a good height. An there may be a chance for some big browns coming in from the Delaware to spawn. May be a bit early.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Check out todays USGS page for the Lackawaxen at Rowland. The streamflow chart for one year is very telling. Brookfield is not a good citizen. It's a lousy corporate pig. 


Monday, October 26, 2020

Fly Fishing the Lackawaxen River

After 5 years of my Fly Fishing the Lackawaxen River page on Facebook I've resurrected the Tow Path Blogger. Tow Path was the predecessor to the Facebook page. Last week Facebook threatened to cancel my account because I made a humorous comment on a post which had the word Russian in it. They didn't care about the f word that was also there. I'm planning to drop my Facebook because of this. 

Much of my contact with people over the past 5 years has been through Facebook for a long time and it will be hard to leave it.

The Fly Fishing the Lackawaxen River page has had tremendous growth recently. I'm hoping that some of you will who like the page will add a bookmark for lackawaxenriver.comThe Tow Path is embedded in it.

I'm guessing that if I keep finding things to be humorous and respond to them on Facebook that the humorless A-holes will shut me down anyway.

There's lots of good stuff in the website like a free map to print, a link to google maps, and as mentioned this blog. I use the resources page everyday to check river conditions all around the Upper Delaware.

Drop me a note at mail.jkingston@gmail.com

Brookfield Sucks!

Facebook Sucks even more!

Monday, June 15, 2015

The end of spring fishing

This week PPL has eliminated weekend fishing from the schedule. They will be generating power from 6 to 9 everyday. If you're close by you can get down and fish Til about 8 am. But be careful. This is a great time of year for small yellow stones, a light grey caddis and tan caddis.
Time to hit the west branch of the Delaware.for wild brown and the main stem for smallies, wallies and the odd carp. Smallmouth are about the most fun you can have besides a rainbow. They can get pretty big but 10" is about average.