The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Saturday, August 30, 2014
8:20 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

We'll have some warmer air temps over the next few days, but hopefully some rain will move in as well. Be sure to use your stream thermometer and check water temps on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc if you are fishing it in the afternoon or evening. If the water temperature hits 70 then move on to one of the tailwaters. Early morning water temps have remained good.

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)
86 61°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
52* 61* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
176 54° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
709 48° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1,080 61° 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 normal, lower summer levels, so be sure to check water temps on hot/sunny days. 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 Flying 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 has some easy wading at this level, but fish can be spooky so long leaders and light tippets are often needed. Midges, Caddis, Sulphurs, Olives, Isonychia, and Cahills 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- The Main Stem cam be floated and has wading. The West Branch can be waded or floated at these levels. 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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