Leif was the host and always is a great guy to fish and hang with. The picture above his him loading up the old coffee percolator, which he used to use when he and his father used to come up and stay at The Buckhorn Lodge some 40 plus years ago. I saw a bunch of good guys up there, Jason Dapra, Jason Taylor, Scott Styker and of course my wife's favorite Andrew Hamilton,
the Orvis Philly store manager and a an all around fantastic fly, and spin, fisherman. He's the best guy I have ever photographed and a few pics of him may be in John Fields upcoming book, something along the line of Big Bass on Big Flies.
We hit every river in the Delaware. West Branch from Deposit down, Mainstem just below Junction Pool, and spent most time on the East Branch. We found bugs, rising fish, but couldn't get the ones eating in a rhythm. It seems like the rises were here, there, over there, and then right next to you. It made it hard to work a fish, rather, you just had to pound a spot and hope.
Leif was the high hand for the days we were there. Smaller fish than he's used to but nice ones none the less. His new iPhone 12 whatever is helping him take some really nice photos. As always vertical views are his favorite. The next three were photoed after he caught them.
Now I may not have looked like the cool kids up there. I had on non-breathable PVC/rubber waders and carried, yep, a stepping basket. Nearly 30 years I'm fishing up there and never used one, well streamer fishing in a drift boat in really big water, but I loved it. Downstream line management so easy especially for longer casts to spooky fish in the skinny water.