- April 21, 2015---- It is now 6:30 this Tuesday morning. Yesterday was damp and chilly with a shower every so often. Overnight we had some thunderstorms with heavy rain-you could hear the thunder roll for quite a long time. Those storms have passed through but some occasional rain in possible this morning. All the rivers rose from the storms and all have some color. The tailwaters are fishable with care-they should mostly clear this a.m.unless we get more heavy rain and/or storms. In general, fishing had started to pick up-there are now numerous reports of fish coming up to take a fly. Stoneflies and some Blue Quills are on the water in the afternoon. A good nymph choice is a small black stone. Water temps are rising through the mid 40's which seems to stimulate both the trout and the bugs. Our little purple crocus' are in bloom-a sure sign of spring and the buds on trees are getting bigger. There are now some leaves starting to show on the lilac bushes.
FLIES-Again this year we will have some new patterns that will cause both you and the fish to take notice. Everyone at Catskill Flies are fly tyers so we are in a good position to help you select materials for your personal flies. We also offer a custom fly tying service.
RODS-We are proud to have Scott Rods on board. These premium rods are made in the USA and are a joy to both cast and fish.
SIMMS-Simms now has a zipper front wader in the freestone model that doesn't require a second mortgage to own and yet have the famous Simms quality.
FLYFEST 2015!!!!! Flyfest took place on Saturday, Feb. 7th. It was really a great success. A special thank you to Catskill John and Rick for their hard work in making sure everything was in place and ran smoothly. The overwhelming take away is that everyone learned some new skill or shortcut to help them improve their tying. Pictures of the event are posted below.
John Fawcett, one of our favorite fishermen from "Down Under" couldn't help torturing us with this photo of him getting a 10 pound fish. And yes, he's been swimming as well. We look forward to seeing him in mid April when he returns to the states.
A New Year has come and as we get into 2015, it is hard to believe that we've been around for almost 20 years-trying to serve our customers to the best of our ability. We wish you a wonderful 2015 with the best fishing one can imagine. We are now open daily for the rest of the season.
HELP WANTED-Catskill flies is seeking part time store help beginning in April 2015. A guides license would be a plus. If interested, send your resume to Catskill Flies at 6 Stewart Ave, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776 or drop it off at the shop if you are in the area.
Should you want the e-mail blasts, you must send us your e-mail address. The one on wet fly fishing was re-sent to those who requested it. If you want it but didn't sign up, just e-mail us a fax number to get a copy.
Remember you can find us on Instagram, get updates via Twitter, or simply go to catskillflies.com for all the latest and accurate fishing info. By the way, we now have wi-fi available in the shop.
From now on our special events, sale merchandise & coupons as well as tips on how to catch more fish will all be encompassed in our new e-mail alerts. Just sign up in the shop or e-mail us your interest and you will be included.
For those who want a Simms product we don't have in stock, we will have it drop shipped to you at NO additional cost.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2015 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 17th year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-line.Stream Conditions-Tuesday-April 21, 2015 6:30 a.m.
|Beaverkill||stone flies, caddis, BlueQuills, streamers||1340|| 40 yest. a.m.
||too high and very off-color|
||stoneflies, caddis, Blue Quills, streamers||3970||
|East Branch||stoneflies, Caddis, Blue Quills,streamers||295||45.7||wading possible|
|Esopus||stoneflies, Caddis, Blue Quills, streamers||3330||46.9||some color-some wading but still rising|
|Neversink||stoneflies, Caddis, BlueQuills, streamers||312||47.3||still rising, some color|
|West Branch||Caddis,Blue Quills, stoneflies,streamers||985||48.4||some color, still rising, wadeable/floatable|
|Willowemoc||Caddis, BlueQuills, stoneflies, streamers||805||39.5||very dirty and too high to wade|
Fishing Condiions-All rivers are still rising and all have some color which is starting to clear this a.m.. Fishermen are now around in more numbers than they have been. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers have a great deal of color and are not fishable today. Yesterday mornings water temp was 40rising to 47 late in the day. There are decent number of Caddis in the late morning. Gauge height is 4.24 this morning and was 3.45 yesterday, Flow was 950 at noon yesterday while the norm is 930. We are above normal for today's date. The East Branch is wadeable and is almost done rising. Some stoneflies and Blue Quills are about in the afternoon and small nymphs are also a good choice. The Esopus has some color below the portal but somewhat clear above the portal. River rose significantly from the storms. At this time of year the tribs can hold some good fish. The West Branch is still rising, has some color and is floatable once again. The upper reaches are somewhat low and is more suitable for wade fishing. There are some stoneflies and a few Blue Quills. Fish have started to be taken fishing this river. The release from Cannonsville is 74 cfs effective 4/14/15 and is still holding. The Neversink is still rising with some color. There are a few Caddis and stoneflies about. There should be some Quill Gordons sometime this week. At times the gorge has become quite popular especially on weekends. The Main Stem is at a good float level but has some color. Some stoneflies, Blue Quills and some Caddis have been seen, There should be some decent hatches on this river.
Thanks for all the pics you e-mailed us this past year. Every year gets better and better! Get them coming once fish start to become active. We post them as quickly as we can. Please send it in a format we can use=Paintshop Pro. We will acknowledge the fisherman. if you give us your name, the river you were fishing, the date and the fly you were using. Just e-mail them to us at email@example.com with a brief description. Help make this the best year ever.
You all know how much we appreciate our customers many of whom have been with us for 10 years or more. If there are any suggestions on how to make any improvements, please convey them to us either in person or via the computer. This is our 20th year in Roscoe. Stop in to say hi..We love seeing each one of you and making new friends.You can get your license by calling 866-933-2257 Monday through Friday. That call will give you a transaction number which is good for two weeks, until your actual license arrives by mail. It is so easy. Just have your old license available, if you have one, and your credit card to cover the cost. If possible, secure your license either where you live or on-line.
Weather- Today periods of a.m. rain and 54. Tonight partly cloudy and cooler with a low of 33. Tomorrow, Wednesday,mostly cloudy with some p.m. showers and 47.
.Looking ahead- Thursday a shower but colder with a high of 41. Friday chilly with a mix of sun and clouds and 40. Saturday warmer with periods of sun and 47.
RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Cannonsville-93.1%, Schoharie 100.8 % Pepacton 87.2 % ,Neversink 81.9 %, Ashokan 86.0%, Roundout 99.8%, Croton 99.6% of capacity. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT ICE MELT IS still going on SO RESERVOIR LEVELS WILL Rise even more.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the sixth fly of the 2015 fishing season. This is our Blue Quill Emerger.
A small early season mayfly that is one of the first to hatch. Look for it in the afternoons.
- Hook- #16-#18 tmc 2487 Wapsi SE 1
- Thread-grey or black
- Shuck-brown z-lon
- Body-stripped peacock quill
-Wing-natural dun CDC
All species specific flies are tied in the shop. This assures accurate color and silhouette. Let us assure you that we actually tie our own flies and are busy doing it 12 months a year, 7 days a week. We are an anomoly-we still do it the old fashioned way to make sure you get the best possible fly for your money and one that actually works. We are fly tyers!