The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Monday, May 30, 2016
8:21 AM
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Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

We saw a little bit of rain very early this morning, but it was a far cry from the weekend of storms the forecasts had predicted. In fact we didn't get enough to have any real impact on the rivers. The good news is that this upcoming week looks much cooler. Be sure to check temps on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc today, they should be fine in the morning, but if they top 70 degrees head upstream to cooler water or hit one of the tailwaters. Both the East and West Branches have easy wading at these flows. The Mainstem has been getting warm.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
226 63°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
136* 63°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
173 61° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
481 52° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1,170 70° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Rivers are low, so fish them accordingly. Target riffles, runs, and pocket water right now where the fish feel more secure and active. Waiting to cast dry flies in slow pools during the middle of the day will probably be the least effective way to fish right now. Nymphing the faster water during the morning and fishing dries in the evening will be your best bet.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Rivers are clear with easy wading available. Levels are lower than normal, so fish accordingly. They can get warm in the afternoon with these low flows, so use your stream thermometer. Olives, Caddis, March Browns, Gray Fox, Sulphurs, and some Green Drakes have been spotted.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - These levels make for easy wading, but technical fishing. Caddis, Midges, Olives, March Browns, Gray Fox, Green Drakes and Sulphurs have been on the water.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Both rivers are wadeable, but skinny for boats. March Browns, Olives, Caddis, Sulphurs, Gray Fox and Green Drakes have been on the rivers. Check temps on the Main Stem for now.

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