The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
8:37 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.

The rain yesterday helped but it didn't have a large impact on any of our streams. The next few days are going to be warm but as we get closer to the weekend if look like more moderate temperatures and more ran is in the forecast. Potentially some good fishing conditions. The Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Lower East, and Main will only be fishable early in the morning, and even then be sure to check water temps and skip them if they hit 70 degrees. The West Branch and Upper East Branch have had some nice afternoon Sulphur hatches so they may be a better option anyway. Don't overlook other species either, this is a great time of year to throw some big flies at bass or to target some panfish or carp...all of which can be fun if you are using the correct equipment!

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
207 64°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
124* 64°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
179 58° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
595 49° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1,310 75° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Target the tailwaters this week, it looks like we could have some warm nights which would make the freestones, Lower East, and Main Stem unfishable even in the morning. Sulphurs have been hatching pretty regularly on the upper sections of the West, and make sure you have some terrestrials in your box. Beetles, ants, etc., can be very effective at this time of year.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Fishing may be possible in the early morning. check those water temps and move on if they hit 70. Recent hatches have included 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 but stealth and technique will become more important as it continues to drop. This time of year careful wading, long leaders, light tippets, and good presentations can often be the difference between catching fish and getting skunked. Sulphurs, Olives, Isonychia, and Light Cahills could be hatching.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- They bumped up the release on the WB but both rivers can be floated or waded 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.

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