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FISHING REPORT


The Catskill Fly Fishing Report 2024
July 24, 2024
Beaverkill River, Willowemoc Creek, and the Delaware River System

We are finally getting some rain and cooler temperatures, but the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc are still low and hot. For the foreseeable future the Beaverkill SHOULD NOT BE FISHED, but the willowemoc is showing promise and may be fishable for the next few days, we will continue to put out updates on the stream conditions.

The West Branch is still exhibiting the best conditions, the rain did bring up the flow but it is quickly dropping as it is a tailwater fishery, when the water gets stained streamers and nymphs are the most productive way to fish. The river is already clearing up so the dry fly action will become more and more probable as time goes on, if you plan on fishing have dry flies, nymphs, and streamers so you are well prepared for any situation. The East branch is also fishable but it is a very challenging river, we only recommend you fish it if you have prior experience there. 

The potential hatches are pretty good with Blue Wing Olives (16-20), Sulphur (16-22), Isonychia (10-12), Caddis (14-18), Rusty Spinners (10-12), and look out for Light Cahills (14-16). Fishing a dry dropper rig can be affective this time of year, the best flies to float a nymph are going to be larger more buoyant bugs like Isonychia and Cahills. Larger hare's ear nymphs and pheasant tails are my go to Isonychia nymph patterns, for Cahills I would use the same pattern's just in lighter colors like light gray or cream.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been well this season, bass like barometric pressure changes if you can get out right before a storm generally bass will be more aggressive and are more likely to be feeding. We recommend poppers in chartreuse and white for topwater fishing, the sneaky peat (slider) also works when bass want a more subtle presentation. For below the surface nothing beats a crawfish this time of year a variety of colors and sizes will work every fishery is different.


THERMAL RIVER CLOSURE: The Beaver Kill from Iron Bridge at Horton Brook downstream to first Route 17 overpass: Angling prohibited from July 1st through August 31st to protect stressed trout.


WATER TEMPERATURE ADVISORY: Water temperatures exceeding 68° are not suitable for trout fishing. Consider fishing many of the areas tailwater rivers or our local warm water fisheries for smallmouth bass. If you have any questions please stop by or call the shop, we are more then happy to help.



FLOWS AND TEMPERATURES REPORTED IN REAL TIME

River
Flow
Water Temperature
Gage Location
BEAVERKILL RIVER
243
68°
Willowemoc Creek
48.8
66°
East Branch, Delaware River
451
60°
West Branch, Delaware River
804
57°
Delaware River
1950
67°
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