The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Tuesday July 25th, 2017
8:17 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

FISHING REPORTS UPDATED DAILY

With air temps in the high 50s and 700 CFS in the Beaverkill this morning felt more like a late April day than a late July day. Light rain continues to fall and could do so off and on throughout the day. The next few days look to be pretty mild and overcast. Rivers are all still up, but the freestones do have some wading on them. The Willowemoc was still stained this morning, but that is not necessarily a bad thing...a little bit of color can help improve fishing. If you're fishing the tailwaters a boat is the way to go, as wading is very limited or not possible at current levels.

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NOW BOOKING SMALLMOUTH BASS FLOATS: as the days get warmer the bass action gets better! We are now running float trips for bass on the Main Stem of the Delaware in addition to our typical trout trips. You can target them with fly fishing or spinning gear, or you can mix it up during the day if you feel like it. Pound for pound smallies are one of the hardest fighting fish you can catch in fresh water, so give us a call at the shop to book a trip!

REMEMBER: THE THERMAL REFUGE SECTION ON THE BEAVERKILL NEAR HORTON IS NOW CLOSED TO FISHING. When river temperatures reach 70 degrees the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water decreases to the point where it is no longer safe to fish. Even with the most careful release, trout will struggle to recover and mortality rates increase. For this reason, we do not recommend anglers fish rivers when water temps hit 70, and instead encourage them to seek out cooler water or target warmwater species.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
777 62° BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
466* 62°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
1,510 58° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
1,030 57° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
5,230 64° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - We've made it through some of the hottest weather of the year so far, and it looks like things will cool off a bit in the upcoming week. Lower overnight temps will make the freestones a good option in the morning, and the tailwaters have been fishing well most afternoons. Don't get too hung up on matching the hatch, although it is important at times the fish have to be more opportunistic this time of year so terrestrial patterns like ants, beetles, and grasshoppers are good options.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Both rivers are still a bit off color but fishable. More wading should be possible later today but are fishable right now and streamers could be key. Small olives and sulphurs have been on the river, along with a handful Isonychia and yellow drakes. Terrestrials are important right now.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - The river came up quite a bit, but can be floated by experienced boaters. Bust out the big rods and throw some big streamers and don't try to wade at these levels.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Both rivers are up and at good floating levels. Wading is very limited in most spots. Isonychia, Sulphurs, Olives, and Caddis have been hatching lately and some people have run into decent spinner falls in the evening. Light Cahills have also been effective in the evening.

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