The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Sunday, September 15, 2019
8:13 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

FISHING REPORTS UPDATED DAILY

We did see some rain yesterday, but not enough to have a big effect on the rivers. The overcast skies did make for some nice fishing conditions though. The East Branch and freestones are low, but they are on par with historical norms for this time of year, and fortunately we've got cool nights and days ahead so they should remain fishable, especially in the mornings. We don't generally have as much water in the fall as the spring, but the fishing can still be quite good if you adjust your tactics. Nymphs and terrestrial patterns were the most effective way to fish for the majority of anglers but keep a look out for Sulphurs, BWOs, Isos, and Stoneflies. Smallmouth bass fishing remains strong, and we've been getting into good numbers of that hard fighting fish on our float trips.

REMEMBER TO CHECK WATER TEMPS THIS TIME OF YEAR. When they hit 70 degrees the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water is much lower and the fish struggle to survive after you catch them. Even if you release them very carefully the mortality rate is greatly increased and although they may swim off they have a good chance of dying shortly thereafter. WHEN TEMPS HIT 70 STOP FISHING and head to one of the tailwaters where the water is colder. Early morning fishing is another good option.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO FLY FISHING 101 CLASSES AUGUST 17-18, OR SEPTEMBER 7-8, 14-15

Shop Hours: Daily 8:00am - 5:00pm

Rental Equipment available: Fly Rod/Reel Combo - $30/day; Bootfoot Waders - $30/day

***We do not sell fishing licenses at the shop and recommend you purchase them in advance since they can be difficult to find in town. You can do so at the NYDEC Website

FLOWS AND TEMPERATURES NOW REPORTED IN REAL TIME

Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
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WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
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EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
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DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
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DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
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* Denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available, all flow and temperature data updates automatically.

TIP OF THE WEEK - Nymphs are still your best bet during the day, and can be quite productive. Dry fly action is best in the morning or just before dark (stay on the river until you can't see your fly anymore), but if you are determined to fish up top during the day try some big Isonychia patterns or attractors like Stimulators.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc - Both rivers have been staying cool enough to fish lately. Target the faster water with attractors or nymphs. Isonychia, Olives, Sulphurs, and Stoneflies are the most common bugs right now.

The East Branch of the Delaware - Good for wading but too low to float. Check temps on the lower East as they can be an issue. Sulphurs, Olives,Light Cahills, Green Drakes, Isonychia and Yellow Sallies have been on the water.

The West Branch and Main Stem - The West Branch is better off floated at these levels, but you can find wading on the Main Stem. Water temps on the Main mean you should be targeting bass. Sulphurs, Isonychia, Light Cahills, Olives, Caddis and Stoneflies have been spotted recently.

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