The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Sunday, August 19, 2018
9:06 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

FISHING REPORTS UPDATED DAILY

Rivers are still high, but clearing. Wading is not possible on the tailwaters, and is limited to feeder creeks and the far upper sections of the freestones...and even then it is very limited. The East Branch is spilling over so it is warm and too high to float, and at these levels only very experience boaters should be on the West Branch. If you don't feel like fishing the feeders today, head to one of the ponds or lakes and try your luck there.

In addition to trout trips we are currently booking float trips for Smallmouth Bass. These can be set up as any combination of fly/spin fishing and we have been having some really good days recently! Smallmouth are a lot of fun for both experienced and novice fly anglers...in fact they are a great option for people new to the sport.

When water temperatures top 70 degrees it puts added stress on the trout and mortality rates increase dramatically...even if you handle the fish carefully. This time of year it is important to take readings with your stream thermometer and seek cooler water when the rivers warm up. Remember that water changes temperature more slowly than air does, so even if the air feels a bit cooler in the evening that doesn't mean the rivers have had enough time to drop to suitable temperatures.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
1,850 62° BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
1,100* 62°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
6,240 70° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
4,490 59° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
15,800 65° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Nymphs and terrestrials are good options this time of year. If you want to match the hatch plan on staying late or getting to the river early in the morning.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Clearing but still too high for much wading. Check the upper sections or the feeding creeks for a few options. You could see Sulphurs, Isonychia, Olives, Caddis, and even some Tricos. Remember, the thermal refuge area near Horton is closed to fishing

The East Branch of the Delaware - Warm and too high to fish. Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychia, and Caddis have been hatching and you could see some Tricos in the morning.

The West Branch and Main Stem - The WB is floatable, is you know what you are doing, but the Main Stem is too high to fish. Sulphurs, Olives, Caddis, and Isonychia have been showing up.

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