The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:55 AM
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Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

FISHING REPORTS UPDATED DAILY

The Beaverkill and Willowemoc are probably best fished in the morning today and tomorrow, fish the tailwaters the afternoon and evening. Later this week it gets cooler than today and that storm systems could give us some excellent fishing during and after it arrives in a few days. You could see a mix of bugs out there with Sulphurs, Caddis, and Olives being the most prevalent. Green Drakes are hanging around on the tailwaters, and have provided some good fishing...but they are sporadic now. Isonychia are coming off in better numbers, and stoneflies are also about. If you are fishing early in the morning be sure to have some larger Olive patterns along with some spinners.

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.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
137 65° BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
82* 65°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
167 57° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
464 47° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
972 65° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Target the faster water with nymphs and attractor dries. It doesn't need to be particularly deep, you can find trout in just a foot of water. If you want to cast to rising fish be sure to stick it out until dark...and even a little after.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Both rivers are low and will get warm today. Skip them in favor of the tailwaters. Mornings are the best time to fish, after cool nights have a chance to bring water temps down. Look for Sulphurs, Olives, Isonychia, and Caddis. Some Green Drakes are hanging on in the upper sections, and you could also see Stoneflies and Yellow Sallies.

The East Branch of the Delaware - The river is low, but cool enough to fish in the upper sections. Longer leaders may be necessary for picky fish. The lower section will be too warm for trout fishing. Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychia, and Caddis have been hatching. Some Green Drakes are still around, and a few Light Cahills have started to show up.

The West Branch and Main Stem - Both rivers have easy wading. The WB is getting on the low side for floating, but may be your best choice today for wading. Sulphurs, Olives, Caddis, and Isonychia have been showing up, and Green Drakes are still around (but sporadic). You may also see some Light Cahills.

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