We are now open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays-weather permitting of course.
It is March 4th, 2014 and it remains very cold-more like January. We have had heavy snows and cold temps this winter, like much of the country. Rivers remain mostly iced over with little fishing possible. Spring run-off will probably last longer than usual. FLYFEST was a huge success-well attended and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves. There were 41 tyers, 40-50 other visitors and we collected $205 for the museum. Will post pictures when my ipad sends them correctly. Go to our facebook page and you will get a sense of what it was like. Thanks to Jim Martin, the staff at the museum and everyone else who worked hard to make this event a huge success.
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.
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. We are already preparing our calendar for 2014-some special and exciting events planned. Just sign up in the shop or e-mail us your interest and you will be included.
Tilley Hats have proven to be a huge success and they will be back again this year. They were founded in 1980 by Tilley himself, they are still made in Canada, they have a lifetime guarantee, given in writing, (even guaranteed against loss), come in lightweight fabrics, they float and are washable. The cold weather version is in stock as well as the spring versions. ECHO flyrods joined Sage and have proved to be very popular as they cast well and are very reasonably priced, a Simms store within a store was added so we can bring in more models of their line (make sure you see the new G3's and headwater wader models as well as other new products for 2014), and Korkers boots, which come with 2 pair of interchangeable soles, are also available. These are proving to be popular.
Come share in our REWARDS PROGRAM. Move over Citicorp!!! When you come into the shop ask for your rewards card. Your purchases accumulate allowing for an increasing percentage off on further purchases after you reach some reasonable minimums. This program is already popular. This includes flies. It does not include brands that do not allow us to discount-but there is only a few of them. For those who want a Simms product we don't stock, we will have it dropped shipped to you at NO cost.
With all the money you saved on Patagonia Waders and Echo rods, perhaps you would like to reward yourself with a trip to Patagonia . Try the Carrileufu Valley Lodge. Check out this great fishing destination at CarrileufuValleyLodge.com. It is fully staffed from chefs to guides.
A heck of a lodge!!!
This is Jo, the 9 yr old cocker.
Jack ran across this specimin while in the gorge on Wednesday, Sept 4th. Interesting!
For Sage aficionados, the Sage One and the new Sage Circa has arrived in the store. Come in and try them.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2013 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 15th year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-line.
Andy with this honker on the Main Stem
.Charlie with this brown taken on the West Branch on 7/8/13 using an 18 Sulphur.
Rob with a beauty (20 1/2") on the Neversink June 20th.
Loren with his BK Brown on 7/19/13.
Jack went to the Neversink on 6/2 and took this baby!
ON GAS DRILLING - For more info on this subject go to the discussion board we have posted and updated all the recent events on this subject. You can also go to www.catskillmountainkeeper.org for information as well as the dec website at www.dec.ny.gov/energy. Make sure to catch the movie on HBO entitled Gasland-which tells us a lot about gas drilling. For more info go to www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/16/2270477/hbos-gasland-drills-into-drilling.html
CFS= cubic feet per second
Tuesday- March 4th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
|Beaverkill||-||iced over||-||not yet|
||-||iced over||32.0||not yet|
|East Branch||-||iced over||33.2||not yet|
|West Branch||nymphs, streamers, midges||950||36.5||high|
|Willowemoc||midges, nymphs, streamers||iced over||-||not yet|
Thanks for all the pics you e-mailed us this past year. Every year gets better and better! Keep them coming-we need your help for 2014. We post them as quickly as we can. Please send it in a format we can use=Paintshop Pro. We will acknowledge the fisherman. Just e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description. Keep up the great work..
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 was our 18th year in Roscoe-hard as that is to believe-our 19th year is quickly approaching. Every year gets better and better. Stop in to say hi..We love seeing each one of you and making new friends.
FISHING CONDITIONS- It is March 4th at 1 in the afternoon and the cold weather and snow and ice is making fishing impossible at this time. While the rivers are starting to flow, we will let you know when they become fishable.
The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are frozen over-nnot yet fishable. The West Branch has some open water at the gamelands. The Main Stem is mainly iced over. The East Branch is closed and opens on April 1st-it too is mainly iced over. The Neversink is now closed for fishing and reopens on April 1st. The Esopus is closed to fishing til 4/1. For your information, according to the Times Herald Record, a deal has been struck with NYC DEP to clean up water releases. It has also committed itself to stream restoration. It will be interesting to see if NYC fulfills it responsibility to the river.
Don't forget that a new fishing license was required effective Oct. 1st.
***** By now you all know that the gauge for water temp on the Beaverkill is no longer operating and there are no signs that it will be restored. The DEC said that this is a savings of $10,000. The cost was absorbed by taxpayers but this is a way to save money.
Current weather: Today cold and sunny with a high in the 20;s. Tonight very cold once again. Tomorrow, Wednesday mostly cloudy with air temps in the upper 20's;
The gage height on the Beaverkill - This info not yet available.
Looking ahead- Temps will rise into the 30's over the next few days. No storms are forecast as of now.
Reservoir Releases-Cannonsville- We have received a number of inquiries re: changes in releases from Cannonsville, Pepacton and Neversink Reservoirs. We have learned that a modified reservoir water release plan took effect on June 1. The new Flexible Flow Management Program releases for Cannonsville Reservoir were fixed at 500 cfs for the summer but bumped up to 600 cfs a few weeks ago. The 600 cfs figure-at times called the FUDR number- was the original FUDR number advocated by them. The system allows for water alerts when more water is needed. The first water alert was declared on July 22, when air temps climbed to almost 100 degrees and water temps on the main stem climbed significantly to cause harm to the fish.. FUDR and it’s partners in the Delaware Watershed Conservation Coalition decided to ask government policy makers to increase releases up to 1000 cfs The NYS Council of TU, TGF, FFF, Pennsylvanis State Council of TU all agreed on the plan. If any one of the DRBC members could have vetoed the increased flow but none did. Once the heat wave passed and water temps dropped by more than 10 points, the flow rate returned to 600 cfs. Let's hope they use their good judgement again this year..
RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Here are the latest reservoir totals-Cannonsville-85.3%, Pepacton 85.3%,Neversink 76.8%- Ashokan 85.3%, Schoharie 60.9%, Croton 95.7%, Roundout 89.5%. Combined storage was 86.0% as of March 3rd. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 87.2% of capacity. We are behind by 1.2% for this date but that means nothing right now and there has been NO melting of the snow and ice pack as of yet. Hopefully it will go out slowly and we will avoid any flooding..
**** During Season-if on any given day there is no report published, it means that our server was down early in the morning when we do our report. We attempt to publish every morning between 5 and 6 a.m. and continue to do so daily through October. It could also mean our computer is giving us problems. Our e-mail address is email@example.com.
FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the first fly of the 2014 fishing season. We have selected a PEACOCK Caddis to start the season with a bang.
This simple pattern works very well when fish are feeding on Caddis nymphs. It works best fished dead drift but, at times, can be very effective when fished on the swing.
- Hook-curved scud heavy weight-#12-#16
- Head-copper bead
- rib-gold wire
- Body-peacock ice dubbing
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!