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East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

Upper Delaware - Good
Lehigh River - Poor

Can the Lackawaxen, Juanita, Tully, or Lackawanna rivers be floated with a drift boat?
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Re: East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

Does not seem like anyone uses this forum...so long..
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Re: East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

The Lehigh (Upper - from Jim Thorpe up to FEW REsovoir)will not be good for drift boats at the present time - due to insufficent water flow.

That can change depending on rainfall amounts & dam releases. Check USGS Waterline for planning purposes.

But - there are plenty of rainbow trout (and big holdover browns to be had in that stretch).


Lackawaxan - you are at the mercy of PPl water releases - choose your float day carefully.
Lackawnna - depends on flows - but I have no idea where you would put in - take out.
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Re: East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

My Clacka will draft about 5-6" of water. Only chamber boats can go on that upper stitch of the Lehigh. How do you fish for bows on that app stretch?
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Re: East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

Pontoon Boat - Dave Scaddon Skykomish Sunrise.

Non chambered driftboats do occaisionally drift the upper - from White Haven down to Rockport - take out requires a long strong rope and a come-a-long.

I've ridden my friends boat several times in the past when flows were 800 range.

But he is a Pirate and a very good oarsman.

Below Rockport - it would be a really bumpy ride in any boat.
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The Lehigh (Upper - from Jim Thorpe up to FEW REsovoir)will not be good for drift boats at the present time - due to insufficent water flow.

That can change depending on rainfall amounts & dam releases. Check USGS Waterline for planning purposes.

But - there are plenty of rainbow trout (and big holdover browns to be had in that stretch).


Lackawaxan - you are at the mercy of PPl water releases - choose your float day carefully.
Lackawnna - depends on flows - but I have no idea where you would put in - take out.
Besides the upper Delaware, do any of these rivers populate themselves with rainbows? IMO, the Lehigh depends on stockings and does not repopulate itself. Do we only have the Upper Delaware for wild bows?
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Re: East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

You get some wild bows in the lackawaxen from the Delaware. The are other rivers in that area with some wild bows. You wouldn't be able to float them though. Send me a pm if you want more info. I fish that area all the time.
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IMO, the Lehigh depends on stockings and does not repopulate itself.
I beg to differ.
There is natural repo in certain gravelly sections of the Upper Lehigh - where the water temps stay cool year round.

I will give you exact spot where TANK RAINBOWS dwell - multi-year holdovers who have long forgotten that they were once stocked.

Fish the plunge pool at the end of the outflow tube of FEW Resovoir. Large Cleo Spoons - or Big Minnows on Slip Float Setup.

This spot is not for the faint of heart (the walk in & out) may explode your heart - and requires footing like a mountain goat - which is why I have no concern about telling you on the interwebs.

8 out of 10 guys would look down there and say - NO WAY JOSE!!
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Does anyone catch or target trout between Phillipsburg and Zane Grey. What is the farthest south on the delaware that someone can catch bows?
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Re: East Coast Drift Boat Favorites for bows

BTW, the only way you could use a drift boat on the Tully is if the dam release is really high. Be warned, there is a dam located at Grings Mill Park.
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