The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Thursday, July 31, 2014
8:44 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

It is hard to believe that we're still having this kind of mild weather at the end of July! Rivers remain in good shape, although the freestones are about due for a little rain (fortunately there should be some over the next few days). Remember, overcast and rainy days can often be some of the best days to be on the water since the fish tend to be more active throughout the day.

HORTON THERMAL REFUGE SECTION IS NOW CLOSED: remember, the stretch of the Beaverkill from the Horton iron bridge downstream to the Route 17 overpass is now closed to all fishing until September 1st.

We are now open 7 days a week from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
264 60°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
158* 60* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
601 49° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
676 48° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1,810 60° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Most dry fly activity has been happening in the evening (afternoon sulphurs on the WB being the notable exception), so plan on fishing nymphs during the day. You might be able to coax a few fish to the top using terrestrials or attractor patterns though. Keep an eye on water temps, and if they top 70 head to one of the tailwaters.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Both rivers are wadeable and have been fishing well. Isonychia, Cahills, Sulphurs, Midges, Olives, Stoneflies, 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 Ants if you want to fish dries during the day. The faster water has been productive as well. *** The thermal refuge near Horton is now CLOSED ***

The East Branch of the Delaware River - The river can be floated or waded at this level. Midges, Caddis, Sulphurs, Olives, Isonychia, and Cahills have all been hatching. Beetles and ants can be very effective on the Upper East Branch.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- The Main Stem cam be floated and has wading. The West Branch can be floated or waded at these flows. Sulphurs are the most prevalent hatch on the WB, but you could also see Olives, Isonychia, Caddis, Midges, or Cahills. Water temps can be an issue on the lower Main Stem.

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