The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
9:33 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

WINTER FISHING REPORTS WILL NOW BE UPDATED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY

Ok, fishing reports are back! Unfortunately it doesn't look too good for this week. This past weekend was beautiful, with high but fishable water levels, and people were having some luck fishing nymphs and streamers. That should change today, however, as colder temperatures move in along with ice and sleet. The next few days could be pretty nasty, so check back Thursday for an update.

CURRENTLY BOOKING GUIDED TRIPS FOR 2017: we have been seeing a good number of early bookings this year, so if you've been thinking about doing a guided trip this spring be sure to give us a call to secure the date you want. Mid May through early June always fill up the fastest so don't put it off for too long!

BE SURE TO REVIEW YOUR FISHING REGULATIONS. As of October 15th the general trout season closed, so many of the upper river stretches, along with feeder creeks, are now closed to fishing. Some sections are now catch and release only. Full details can be found in the regulations book or online.

?Winter Hours: OPEN Thursday through Monday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. CLOSED Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
1,280 39°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
768* 39°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
CLOSED 41° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
448 40° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
N/A 41° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - Winter fishing typically takes more patience than other times of the year. Colder water temps mean a slower metabolism for the fish, so they usually aren't as active. Plan on fishing nymphs or streamers (slowly) and really working over an area. If you would spend 20 minutes on a particular spot in the Spring, you might need to give it an hour in the Winter. Sometimes you really need to get that fly down on the bottom and almost hit the trout on the nose, they generally don't like to move far for food this time of year, so be sure you cover the water thoroughly.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Both rivers came up today due to some snow melt over the weekend. The river is basically ice free right now with good temps, but that could change with the colder weather moving in. REMINDER: the only sections that are open to fishing right now are the special regulation catch & release waters.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - CLOSED UNTIL SPRING

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Both rivers are in pretty good shape right now. Plan on fishing subsurface with small nymphs or a variety of streamers. Slower moving water can mean more ice on the Main Stem, and the WB is only open on the sections that make up the NY/PA border.

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