Trout and DSR Acclimate to New Surroundings
the past several years, there has been a growing desire from guests of
the DSR to see a summer fishery on the Salmon River. In May, the DSR
began offering summer hours and a trial day pass rate to give guests an
opportunity to find out just what lurks down on the run from May to
In addition, brown trout were stocked to provide additional fishing
opportunity for guests. Shortly after the fish were stocked, guests
began to ask about the type and timing of hatches that occur on the
“Honestly, I didn’t know more than the very basics," said DSR River
manager Garrett Brancy, "especially when the discussion moved to dry
flies”. Brancy's angling focus had been on traditional nymphing and
fishing egg patterns for lake run browns and steelhead. Until now, that
is. With the introduction of summer trout fishing, dry fly fishing is a
new venture he is quickly learning a lot more about.
“It has been a great growing experience for the DSR and for me
personally," said the Eastern PA native. "As anglers, we are always
interested in a new challenge, whether exploring new methods, new
waters, or new opportunities. I’m having a lot of fun learning the
entomology, patterns, and specific angling requirements to be an
effective dry fly fisherman." Brancy adds that his casting ability may
need a bit more time to perfect!
In the few short weeks since stocking DSR waters, it appears the browns
have acclimated well to their new home. A sure sign has been increased
surface activity, especially in the evening.
“Learning about this natural feeding cycle has prompted us to offer
additional hours in the evening for guests wishing to fish the spinner
fall," said Brancy. Not surprisingly, rising trout have coincided with a
hatch of larger mayflies, such as the prominent green drake. Catching
fish on spinner imitations has proven effective, helping to verify the
health of stocked fish by denoting their adipose fin clip. This exercise
in fish identification has added another element to the experience for
Brancy and others.
“We’ve been delighted by the response from guests exploring the DSR this
summer and we look forward to learning more about our fishery as the
summer progresses.” Stay tuned for more updates on fishing, insects, and
status of the trout!
The DSR is open for Summer Fishing from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm until further notice. NOTE: New summer fishing rate - $20/day.