The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Wednesday, September 16, 2014
9:58 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

We have a brief warm up for the next few days, and a shot at some rain this weekend. With water levels the way they are you will want to check the stream temps on sunny days. Low water tactics are still needed: careful wading, long leaders, light tippets, small flies. The fish are there, and feeding, and we have seen some nice trout caught by patient and careful anglers. The West Branch is the exception to that rule, its a great floating level and from shore big streamers would be a good bet.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
70 53°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
42* 53°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
120 52° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
1,080 50° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1,580 54° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - If you're looking for dry fly activity hit the mornings or just before dark. Terrestrials or attractors can sometimes pull fish to the top during the day, and we are seeing decent numbers of flying ants about. If you really want to catch fish then nymphing the faster water is your best bet. Long leaders and light tippets can make all the difference in low summer conditions like these.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Both rivers are at low summer levels, so be sure to check water temps on hot/sunny days, and avoid fishing if they top 70. Sulphurs, Midges, Olives, Stoneflies, Tricos, and Caddis have been on the river lately, although rising fish can be sporadic and typically show up just before dark. Try using Beetles and Flying Ants if you want to fish dries during the day.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - The river has some easy wading at this level, but fish can be spooky so long leaders and light tippets are often needed. Tricos, Midges, Caddis, Sulphurs, and Olives have all been hatching. Beetles and flying ants can be very effective on the Upper East Branch.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Both rivers are better off floated at these levels, but do have some wading. Sulphurs are the most prevalent hatch on the WB, but you could also see Olives, Isonychia, Caddis, or Midges. Water temps can be an issue on the lower Main Stem.

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