Seven buddies and I fished the Delaware, Beaverkill and Willowemoc in early June. Fortunately Don and I had an all day float trip with Jesse Filingo on the Delaware River from Shehawken to Buckingham. By all day I mean meeting Jesse at 7:30 AM and getting off of the water at 8 PM. Of the other 6 guys who had other outfitters for floats, we were the only ones who seemed to be on fish all day long. Of the group, Don and I caught the largest fish, 22 and 20-inchers respectively. Jesse has a keen knowledge of the best fish holding spots on the Delaware.
Jesse is outgoing, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. He takes vicarious pleasure in having his clients catch fish. Not all fishing guides have these essential qualities. I have had fishing guides in the Western US, Alaska, Chile and Belize. I would put Jesse in the top echelon of guides that I have fished with.
Jesse provided flies, tippet and would have provided rods and reels if necessary. For food, he provided onion rolls to make sandwiches with deli meats and cheese, condiments, chips, power bars, soda, beer and water. Don and I were not wanting for nourishment.
Bottom Line: I would go on another float trip with Jesse.
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