Catskills

Catskills Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

It looks like an early season from a weather standpoint, with water levels expected to offer decent fishing opportunities for the April 1 trout opener. There is virtually no snowpack this year, which could impact water levels as the season progresses and if there are no substantial spring rains. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Catskills Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

It’s that time of the year when the trout crowd starts checking stream conditions ahead of the largely ceremonial April 1 opener. So far this winter the weather has been warmer than normal with little snow,  but frequent rains. River conditions are good and if things remain relatively unchanged it could be a good early kickoff for trout anglers. Catskill…

Catskills Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

So far this winter, the weather has been warmer than normal with little snow,  however we have had frequent rains and currently river conditions are good,  If current conditions remain unchanged we could have an early start to the new season,  Only time will tell!!  We will keep you informed. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Catskills Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

Not a lot happening, with trout anglers content to tie flies and attend winter events like the Feb. 6 Fly Fest at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Ice fishing really hasn’t been a legitimate option since the warm up. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Catskills Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

It’s cold. It’s winter, and it’s finally acting like it. Most of the famed Catskill trout waters are closed to fishing; the rest are iced over and borderline unfishable at best. There are better options right now for the fly angler. One is the Somerset, N.J., Fly Fishing Show, set for Jan. 29-31 at the Garden State Exhibit Center. Among…

Catskills Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

The Olives will continue throughout November and most Olive hatches are best on cloudy days. Nymphs and streamers are now important as fish  look for new sources of food. How you fish a streamer is often as important as the pattern. Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Closed to fishing Nov. 30. Delaware East Branch: Closed Nov. 30. Delaware West Branch: Streamers can be a…

Catskills Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: The season is winding down on these waters; they close to fishing on Nov. 30. Delaware East Branch: Fishing above Shinhopple Bridge ended Oct. 15.  The lower section stays open until Nov. 30 and is good for late season. It can hold some decent rainbows and browns and most of these fish are being caught on nymphs…

Catskills Fishing Report – November 13th, 2015

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Open for fishing through Nov. 30. Delaware East Branch: Fishing above Shinhopple Bridge ended Oct. 15. The lower section stays open until Nov. 30 and is good for late-season BWO hatches for some decent rainbows and browns. Nymphs and streamers are productive. Delaware West Branch: The river above the Pa. game lands closed to fishing the Oct. 15. Streamer…

Catskills Fishing Report – October 30th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Low water and tough fishing now. Rivers are open to fishing through Nov. 30. Delaware East Branch: Fishing pretty well at last check. Fishing above Shinhopple Bridge ended Oct. 15.  The lower section stays open until Nov. 30. The lower section can hold some decent rainbows and browns and most of these fish are being caught on…

Catskills Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Flows were still low, and as a result the fishing has been slow. Delaware East Branch: Low, but water temps were not a problem all the way down to Hancock.  Delaware West Branch: Some color was starting to show due to the low reservoir level in Cannonsville.  Hatches were a mix of Olives with a few Caddis…

Catskills Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Warm water temps limited fishing, but things have improved with cooler weather and some rain. Delaware East Branch: Decent water temps to about East Branch. Late day there has been some spotty Olives and some small spinners.   Delaware West Branch: Nymph fishing was tough at last look due to “the crud” in the water. Some Sulphurs in the…

Catskills Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: There were a fair amount of Tricos, small Olives and midges on the water most mornings. Terrestrials like beetles and ants have also been effective.    Delaware East Branch: Tricos have been around most mornings, moreso below Shinnople. Sulphurs were being replaced with Olives and a few Caddis.   Delaware West Branch: Fishing well with good flows…

Catskills Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Midges, tricos and some olives are dependable most mornings. Evening hatches are very spotty and poor due to warm water temps. Fish the mornings and give the fish a break as waters warm. Delaware East Branch: Low and clear water requires long, fine leaders. These are very picky fish,  Hatches have been fairly dependable and consists of…

Catskills Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Midges, spinners and small Olives are present most mornings while evening hatches were very spotty due to warm water temps. We recommend that late fishing be on one of the tailwaters. Delaware East Branch: Wadeable at last check, with skittish fish due to lower levels. Bugs are Sulphurs, Olives, some midges and Isonychias.  Terrestrials are also a good choice. …

Catskills Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015

Not hearing a lot in the region of late, possibly a product of wet weather. But this is usually a time when anglers target bass in spots like New Croton Reservoir, Muscoot Reservoir, Middle Branch Reservoir, Sylvan Lake, Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout Reservoir. Some brown trout were still being caught despite warmer water temperatures Categories: Catskills

Catskills Fishing Report – July 10th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Above normal flows at last look. There are some Caddis, small BWOs and some Light Cahills around at dark. Nymphs and streamers have also worked well. Nymphs in smaller sizes will prove more productive.  Delaware East Branch: Somewhat spotty hatches with Sulphurs, small Olives and Caddis about, generally late in the day.  Delaware West Branch: Sulphurs are…

Catskills Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were fishable at last check.  Mornings have seen some small Olives, Caddis and leftover spinners. Water temps were not a problem.  Nymph fishing has been productive.  Delaware East Branch: Fishable at last look. Hatches have been hard to predict, with some days better than others. Evenings have been better for dry flies.   Delaware West…

Catskills Fishing Report – June 12th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: There were some small Olives, Caddis and spinners along with sulphurs in the evening. Nymph fishing the pocket water remains effective.    Delaware East Branch: Fishing has been decent. Evenings have offered a mix of Brown Drakes, Sulphur spinners and Caddis. Terrestrials are a good choice when there are no hatches taking place.   Delaware West Branch:…

Catskills Fishing Report – May 29th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers are at wadeable levels even after a shot of rain last week. It’s a mixed bag of bugs on these two rivers, with March Browns and Caddis in the morning and evening when there are also spinners and a few Gray Fox. Esopus: The Esopus portal is not running water, making for better fishing conditions,…

Catskills Fishing Report – May 15th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were clear and easily wadeable. Hendricksons and Caddis were about. Caddis have been most consistent; nymphs like Green Caddis nymphs are a good choice. Spinners are generally late in the day.  Delaware East Branch: Low and clear at last check. A long leader is a plus with the current conditions. There were some small Olives,…

Catskills Fishing Report – April 30th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were up but mostly clear.  Wading was limited. Delaware East Branch: Wadeable and clear at last look. Hatches have been spotty but nymphs have worked and Caddis and black stones are good choices.   Esopus: Still too high to wade and still has some color. Its tribs can hold some good fish.   Delaware West…

Catskills Fishing Report – April 17th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Fishing has been slow, with most fish caught on nymphs. Wading would be limited. Delaware East Branch: Running high, with limited wading.   Delaware West Branch: Was still somewhat high, and floating would be a better option than wading right now. Like other rivers, fishing has been slow.   Neversink: Wadeable and mostly clear.  Delaware Main Stem:…

Catskills Fishing Report – April 3rd, 2015

The April 1 trout opener was looking like a ceremonial kickoff at best, with most of the waters carrying shore ice and winter still having a firm grip on the region. Most seasoned anglers expect hatches to be running late this spring. Catskil Flies Categories: Catskills