The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Friday, September 4, 2015
8:53 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

It looks like the hot weather will stick around for a little while longer. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc may or many not be fishable in the mornings, but it will be important to check their water temps in the afternoon. You best bet is to fish those rivers at first light and get off them early. If we sound like a broken record here it is because it is important to avoid fishing for trout once water temps hit 70 degrees. These condition will change but for now we have to be mindful of the fish so they will be around this fall. The West Branch continues to fish well, with decent hatches and rising fish. They can be a bit tricky though, so be sure to have small flies, long leaders, and light tippets.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
-- Too Warm°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
--* Too Warm°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
153 57° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
627 49° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
994 67° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - It looks like we'll have warm days this week. Be sure to check water temps as you fish. Long leaders, light tippets, and small flies can be the key if you come across picky fish. On the other hand, terrestrials and attractors can work in the faster riffles.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Avoid fishing both rivers until we see more rain or cooler temperatures. Olives, sulphurs, caddis, tricos, midges, and isonychia could be seen on the water.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - The river is in fine shape with easy wading. Tricos, Caddis, Olives, Sulphurs, and Isonychia have been hatching recently and we've had some good reports of rising fish. Terrestrials can be important on this river, especially ants and beetles. Even though this river can get technical (long leaders, light tippets, and careful wading are important),it can provide some nice spinner falls in the evening.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- The WB is probably your best bet this week, since it has been having some decent hatches, wading is good, and anglers are seeing fair numbers of rising fish. Use those long leaders and make careful presentations, the trout in that river can be tricky this time of year. Don't forget smallmouth bass fishing is excellent on the big Delaware this time of year.

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