The Catskill Fly Fishing Report

Wednesdy, June 29, 2016
9:06 AM
Fly

Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek and the Delaware River system.

NOTICE: SUMMER CONDITIONS ON BEAVERKILL, WILLOWEMOC, LOWER EAST, & MAIN STEM - low water and 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.

Today looks to be fairly warm and sunny, but with luck we will see some rain on Friday. The Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Main Stem, and lower East Branch could all be too warm to fish this afternoon so be sure to check those water temperatures. Early morning fishing has been pretty good on those rivers, so don't overlook that option.

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Catskill Fishing Report
RIVER FLOW WATER TEMPERATURE USGS DATA LINK
BEAVERKILL RIVER
(at Cook's Falls)
162 63°* BEAVERKILL RIVER
WILLOWEMOC CREEK
(no gauge)
98* 63°* NO GAUGE AVAILABLE
EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Harvard)
167 58° EAST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Hale Eddy)
627 49° WEST BRANCH,
DELAWARE RIVER
DELAWARE RIVER
(at Lordville)
1,240 64° DELAWARE RIVER

* denotes estimates because there is no gauge data available

TIP OF THE WEEK - If the weather heats up this week be sure to check water temps on the freestones, lower East, and Main Stem, and if it hits 70 degrees move on to cooler rivers. We we get some off colored water don't think fish won't hit streamers.

The Beaverkill & Willowemoc Rivers - Rivers are low and will be too warm to fish in the afternoon/evening. Olives, Caddis, Sulphurs, Brown Drakes, Stoneflies, Isonychia, Pink Ladys, Light Cahills, and Yellow Sallies have been on the water recently.

The East Branch of the Delaware River - The river is easily wadeable at these flows. Caddis, Midges, Olives, Brown Drakes, Isonychia, Light Cahills and Sulphurs have been on the water. Long leaders and careful wading are important at these flows.

The West Branch of the Delaware & Delaware River- Both rivers have easy wading at these levels. Olives, Caddis, Sulphurs, Brown Drakes, Isonychia, Light Cahills, and Stoneflies have been on the rivers. The Main Stem is getting 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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