The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Wednesday September 20, 2017
8:40 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

FISHING REPORTS UPDATED DAILY

For those of you who didn't like the high water we have been having this season this is your week. With low water conditions the game has changed but we are thankful were getting these conditions now and not in the heat of the summer. Temperatures should be a bit milder this week, staying in the low 70s, but there are some sunny days ahead so fishing in the morning or evening will likely be your best bet. Nymphing the fast water has still been our most productive approach, but you could see some bugs hatching as well. Isonychia, Olives, October Caddis, Cahills, and flying ants have been effective dry fly patterns.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
128 63° BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
*77 63°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
125 58° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
417 51° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1000 67° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Nymph those riffles and runs, we are still having the most luck with subsurface patterns in faster water. If you're not getting anything go deeper, keep dropping that nymph down until you start ticking bottom. Hatch activity is typically best in the evenings and mornings on warm days like these. Water levels are down near normal for this time of year, so wade carefully and try to sneak up on those fish.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Both rivers are at normal levels for this time of year, which means careful wading and a stealthy approach can be beneficial. Isonychia, Olives, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, and Cahills have been on the water. Don't forget about terrestrials, various ant patterns have produced well lately. Nymphing will produce the most fish.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - Easily waded at these flows and long leaders with light tippets can be key. Small stuff on this river like Olives, fly ants, and midges are a good choice.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Good easy wading but too low for boats on the West Branch. Small olives, caddis, Isonychia, midges, and a few Cahills could show up on the water.

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