The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Friday, July 19, 2019
8:24 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

FISHING REPORTS UPDATED DAILY

Hot days and warm nights ahead of us, so plan on skipping the Beaverkill and Willowemoc this weekend. You might be able to squeeze in a few hours at sunup, but the tailwaters will be a better bet for trout. Smallmouth bass, or some of the local lakes/ponds are also an option in the later parts of the day. If you need some suggestions and flies to tackle bass fishing please stop by. Remember: the thermal refuge area near Horton is now closed to fishing.

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.

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***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 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 - Skip these rivers today, they will be too warm. Early morning fishing is usually still an option. Sulphurs, Light Cahills, Caddis, Olives, Stoneflies, Spinners, Isonychia, Yellow Drakes and both Yellow and Lime Sallies have been around lately. Reminder: the thermal refuge area on the Beaverkill near Horton is closed to fishing

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 - Both rivers can be waded or floated at these levels. 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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