The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Saturday, August 20, 2016
9:16 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

NOTICE: SUMMER CONDITIONS ON BEAVERKILL, WILLOWEMOC, LOWER EAST, & MAIN STEM - Hot days mean summer fishing conditions on these rivers. Right now you should only be fishing them first thing in the morning and stop fishing when water temps reach 70 degrees. Trout will continue to feed at elevated temperatures, but that does not mean it is OK to fish for them. At higher temperatures dissolved oxygen levels in the water drop to a point where trout become unnaturally stressed and cannot recover as effectively after being caught, often resulting in death, even when they seem to swim away fine. Fishing near springs or other naturally occurring "cool spots" is not a good solution since fish are already stressed and seeking out those areas for relief. For these reasons we recommend only fishing them in the morning when they are cooler, and that you take advantage of the cooler tailwaters in the afternoon/evening.

It looks like the worst of the heat wave has passed, and we were fortunate to get some rain out of it (the Beaverkill and Willowemoc are at higher than normal flows for this time of year). Nights have cooled down a bit so the freestones should fish early in the morning, just check those water temps as the day goes on. Terrestrials are important this time of year so be sure to have beetles, ants, and hoppers in your box.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
284 64°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
168* 64°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
216 60° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
611 53° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1100 69° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Terrestrials, attractors, and nymphs will be your best option for catching fish in many of the rivers. If you want to match the hatch on the tailwaters be sure to use long leaders with light tippets. The fish have seen a lot of flies by this time of year, so sometimes it pays to mix things up and throw something they may not have seen before.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Fishing will be limited to the early morning for now. Be sure to check those water temps on these rivers. Recent hatches have included Tricos, Isonychia, Light Cahills, Sulphurs, Olives and Caddis. Attractors and terrestrials should be in your box as well. ***Remember the thermal refuge area near Horton is now closed.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - The river is in good shape, with plenty of wading. This time of year careful wading, long leaders, light tippets, and good presentations can often be the difference between catching fish and getting skunked. Tricos, Sulphurs, Olives, Isonychia, and Light Cahills could be hatching. On hot days fog can make fishing more difficult, and hatches sporadic, as evening settles in.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Both rivers are wadeable and floatable at these levels. Olives, Caddis, Sulphurs, Isonychia, Light Cahills, and Stoneflies have been on the rivers. The Main Stem can still be too warm for trout during the day, but smallmouth bass are an excellent option lower down. The West Branch is probably your best option for afternoon trout fishing in the area right now, expect some fog in the evenings.

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