In this Covid-19 year, Summer began with the annual Summer solstice on June 20th and the summer heat wasn't far behind. It has been over a week with stream temperatures running 64 or 65 degrees in the morning but then moving into the low seventies by late afternoon on New Jersey rivers and streams. That combined with a little dry spell had water levels down a bit. There are options for trout fishing. Likely the best river option is the Pequest Trout Conservation Area. The cool water outflow from the hatchery keeps the water on one side of the stream pretty cold for several hundred yards downstream. Pennsylvania limestone streams are holding up and the Tricos are hatching on area waters. Visit one of the eastern PA limestoners like the Little Lehigh or Bushkill. Other anglers are traveling to the Catskills, the Beaverkill is warm but the Upper East and especially the West Branch of the Delaware are tail waters and so are holding up well. Local trout fishing will bounce back but we need to get through this heat first.
Last weekend, I had a chance to cast the new Winston Alpha rods. We received our shipment in March but there hasn't been much opportunity to cast them and I forgot how much I was impressed by them. These fast action rods come with a double stripping guide set up and track cleanly and effortlessly. While they made to cast they don't lose the famous "Winston Feel". The 5 or the 6 weight are perfect rods for the Upper Delaware.