The Delaware River offers the best dry-fly fishing east of the Rockies, with wild Rainbow and Brown Trout rising to some the largest hatches of mayflies and caddis in the east. This abundant food supply also makes for some technical fishing, which is rewarded in the form of large, wild trout. Our pool of licensed and certified guides have well over a century’s worth of experience between them and readily help you unravel the mysteries of the river system. Each is an excellent instructor, and they are intimately familiar with the entomology of the river; a vital part of success on the Delaware.
Every day on the water is a learning experience, and a trip with our guides will help speed the education process along by teaching you about the river, bugs, and fish – all while providing a fun, successful day on the water.
Guided Float Trips
Many consider floating the Upper Delaware in a McKenzie style drift boat the “only” way to fish. Floating gives you the advantage of both being able to maneuver to areas inaccessible by wading and the ability to use the boat as a taxi to switch between multiple spots during the day. The guides at Delaware River Club are expert oarsmen, and will easily position the boat in the sweet spots where wild trophy browns and rainbows lurk. Each drift boat seats three (one guide and two fishermen) with plenty of space, and lunch is always included on full-day floats. As these trips tend to fill quickly, we suggest that you book as early as possible to ensure availability.
Guided Wade Trips
For those who prefer to fish with their feet planted in the stream, we offer walk/wade trips throughout the system, including waters inaccessible by drift boat. We offer private-access trips on the West Branch, as well as excellent wade opportunities on the East Branch, Main Stem Delaware, the Beaverkill and Willowemoc Creek.
Guided Mid-summer “Prime Time” Trips
The hot summer days of July and August tend to yield great fishing in the cooler evenings, and our guides typically select these three productive hours to give you the best opportunity for landing that large Delaware trout.
Guided Smallmouth Bass Fishing Trips
Field and Stream Magazine included the Upper Delaware as one of its top-five smallmouth rivers in the U.S., and we are happy to offer trips targeting these hard-fighting fish. Typically the smallmouth bass season runs from late June through Mid-October, depending on water levels and temperatures. We encourage you to bring your 6 to 8 weight fly rod to better cast some of the larger flies that the bronze-backs prefer.
Trips tend to take place in the warmer waters of the Main Stem allowing for swim-trunks and wet-wading, while also providing a great way to introduce your kids to the sport of fishing – bring them along for a fun filled family day.
Guided Float Trip: Full Day – $495, Half Day – $350
Guided Wade Trip: Full Day – $495, Half Day – $350
For 1 or 2 people; all full day trips include lunch.
Adding a third angler to a wade trip is an additional $125
3-Hour Prime Time Special available July & August: Float or Wade – $250
The waters that form the border between can be fished with either a New York or Pennsylvania license. The West Branch of the Delaware above the PA game lands require a New York license, as well as the East Branch of the Delaware, Beaverkill and Willowemoc.
Purchase your New York license online or call 866-933-2257 (M-F 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM).
Purchase your Pennsylvania license online or at a license issuing agent.
Cancellations must be made a minimum of three weeks in advance. If the cancellation is made within the allotted time-frame, your credit card will not be charged. If the cancellation is after the allotted time you will be charged for the full price of the room and/or guide trip unless we can fill the reservation after the cancellation.