The Fishing

The Upper Delaware River is home to the best wild trout fishing east of the Rockies, as well as the best dry fly fishing on the East Coast. Centrally located on the West Branch, the Delaware River Club is the optimal base of operations to fish this amazing river system.


The Delaware is famous for its large population of wild, colorful, hard-fighting brown trout that readily rise to eat dry flies. Naturally reproducing, the river breeds average fish in the 15-inch range, with many caught every year reaching 20-inches and beyond.


Rainbow trout were first introduced to the Delaware in the late 1800s, and have not been stocked in the river since. These fish have adapted to the river over the course of a century, making them the  hardest fighting Rainbows you will find in the lower 48 states. Colorful and powerful, expect to see your backing on any fish exceeding 16-inches (our average) – especially on the 20-inch fish routinely caught on top.


The Upper Delaware is also a particularly fine Smallmouth Bass fishery, especially in the summer months. So much so, that in 2007 Field and Stream Magazine included as one of their top-five Smallmouth rivers in the U.S. Eager to pounce on flies, our Smallies are some of the best fighting fish you will find.

Bart Larmouth holds a 4.5# Smallmouth. Photo: Jeff White

Fishing Licenses

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.

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