The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
9:40 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

WINTER FISHING REPORTS WILL NOW BE UPDATED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY

We're back after a week's absence, the blizzard hit just as we were moving into the new store location so things got a little crazy around here. The new shop location is now open (disorganized, but open). It looks like a mixed bag for the weekend, with warmer temps but also a shot at some rain. The DEP has increased releases on the West Branch citing scientific information regarding the amount of moisture in the blizzard snow. They say it should remain high into the next week, but plan on ramping it down in time for opening day.

CURRENTLY BOOKING GUIDED TRIPS FOR 2017: we have been seeing a good number of early bookings this year, so if you've been thinking about doing a guided trip this spring be sure to give us a call to secure the date you want. Mid May through early June always fill up the fastest so don't put it off for too long!

BE SURE TO REVIEW YOUR FISHING REGULATIONS. As of October 15th the general trout season closed, so many of the upper river stretches, along with feeder creeks, are now closed to fishing. Some sections are now catch and release only. Full details can be found in the regulations book or online.

?Winter Hours: OPEN Thursday through Monday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. CLOSED Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
292 32° BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
175* 32°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
CLOSED 32° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
1,490 35° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
2,490 33° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Winter fishing typically takes more patience than other times of the year. Colder water temps mean a slower metabolism for the fish, so they usually aren't as active. Plan on fishing nymphs or streamers (slowly) and really working over an area. If you would spend 20 minutes on a particular spot in the Spring, you might need to give it an hour in the Winter. Sometimes you really need to get that fly down on the bottom and almost hit the trout on the nose, they generally don't like to move far for food this time of year, so be sure you cover the water thoroughly.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - We could see some warmer weather, but also some rain. Combine that with melting snow and I would expect the rivers to come up. This morning, however, they are at nice levels.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- According to the DEP the WB should be high into next week. The Main Stem will come up accordingly. If you're planning on doing some wade fishing this weekend they wouldn't be my first choice.

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