Today is Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 a.m- Today is officially the first full day of fall. Fall started yesterday evening and it certainly feels like it. Yesterday was a mostly cool day and there was a light shower in the morning. A jacket felt good yesterday. This morning it is quite chilly and only 39. Leaves are turning to their fall colors and some are falling. Watch the hillsides as you drive to Roscoe-you can really see the fall colors. With the very small population of the Catskills, roads are almost empty once again. What a beautiful time of year to be outdoors. Will get some pictures posted of the changing leaves.
BIG NEWS- The highest court in NY ruled on June 30th that fracking can be banned by local communities. This is a stupendous win.
FOUND- a flyrod on the Beaverkill-if it's yours, please contact the shop.
LOST- A Goldeneye Vest-tan with maroon trim-a clear net retractor attached. If found, please contact the shop.
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. The next one has been delayed.
Products- Come in and check out the reels now in stock-Hatch- they are made in the US and warranteed for life. We now also carry Clics-the magnetic closing readers and some sunglasses-very hard to loose with their permanently attached "croakie".
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.
Tilley Hats have proven to be a huge success and are back again this year-in their most popular styles. 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. ECHO flyrods joined Sage and have proved to be very popular as they cast well and are very reasonably priced, the Simms store within a store has been a huge success. Make sure you see the new G3's and headwater wader models as well as other new products for 2014.
For those who want a Simms product we don't have in stock, we will have it drop shipped to you at NO cost.
This is Jo, the 9 yr old cocker.
Pat took this West Branch beauty on 7/30. Can you tell she is happy.
For Sage aficionados, the new rod for 2014 has arrived in the store. Come in and try it. Most of the new products have come in and are there to see and feel.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2014 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 16th year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-line.Stephanie Vinson is hiking the John Muir trail out west is apparently having a great time. She;s catching fish and is hopefully having the time of her life.
.JKevan with his East Branch Brown on a BWO parachute on 8/25/14.
AAlan on 6/6 with his Beaverkill fish.
MJohn came over from England and this was his reward on the East Branch!
Joe took Mike out on the Beaverkill on 6/8/14. Look at that heck of a fish.
Sean with his East Branch brown taken on 6/7/14. Wow!
Jack took this beauty on the Neversink on Sat 6/21/14 using an #18 pheasant tail. It put up a great fight.
John, Dave and the Phelans fishing on 6/21/14. What a motley crew!
Peter with his 20.5 fish taken on 5/11/14 on the Main Stem.
ON GAS DRILLING - For more info on this subject you can 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 secondTuesday- Sept. 23rd, 2014 at 6:00a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis, spinners. small Olives, Isonychias, midges. tricos||
|52.0 yest a.m.
||Caddis, sm. Olives, Isonychias||1260||56.5||floatable & wadeable|
|East Branch||caddis, spinners, Isonychias, Trico||101||52.9||wadeable|
|Esopus||Caddis, Isonychias||167||56.7||mostly clear|
|Neversink||Caddis, small Olives, Isonychias||100||54.7||wadeable|
|West Branch||caddis, small Olives, Isonychias||1100||50.0||floatable|
|Willowemoc||caddis, small Olives, spinners, Isoncyhias, midges, tricos||38||51.5 yest.||low|
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description. Keep up the great work-so far this year you have all come through moreso than 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 19th year in Roscoe. Stop in to say hi..We love seeing each one of you and making new friends.
FISHING CONDITIONS- It is now 39 very chilly degrees under mostly clear skies. It was quite chilly yesterday with the air temps dropping 22 degrees yesterday. Breezy conditions made for some interesting casting. Today will be sunny with warmer air temps and far less wind. Fishing has remained fairly consistant and hatches are now afteroon . Spinners can be on the water at the same time. Isonychias and small Olives are about most afternoons and Caddis have been later. The Hebe's have been on all rivers. This bug looks very much like a Sulphur with more of a yellow cast to it.
Willowemoc and Beaverkill- Both rivers are clear and very low. Yesterdays early morning water temp was 52. Hatches are mainly midges and small Olives with a few Caddis later on. The West Branch has had the most consistent insect emergence in light of the mostly steady release rate. It was decreased to 1140 fs as of 7 a.m. Monday morning. It has only limited wading. At this level it is starting to have some color. These conditions make for ideal streamer conditions. Main Stem has cooled down and water temps are good to Kellums Bridge. This river is at a good fishing level and is a great fall river. It has been fishing well. Isonychias have been on the water most afternoons. There are also some Hebes and small Olives. Fall can be a great time to fish this river with either nymphs or dries. The Neversink is easily wadeable and at a normal flow for this time of year. Small Olives are the main hatch on this river, generally late in the day. Midges and Caddis have become more important. Below Bridgeville there are some Isonychias but more Caddis. The East Branch -. is in good shape all the way to Hancock. It is at a good fall level and is low but fishable. There are still some Tricos in the late morning. There are some small Olives and Hebes about during the afternoon. The Esopus-. is back to a normal level. The further downstream you get, the clearer the water. This is a better nymph river than dry fly river at this time of year. Generally Isonychias are a major hatch by mid September. Some Sulphurs and small Olives are about later in the day.
When fishing an adult Caddis pattern during a caddis hatch, twitch the fly as it approaches the fish or where you think it is. This is more effective than fishing it dead drift.
Don't forget that a new fishing license was required effective Oct. 1st. Due to a complete change in licensing, the State made some errors and some omissions. However. you can get your license by calling 866-933-2257. 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.
***** 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.
Weather-today pleasant and warmer with a high of 66. Tonight mainly clear with late fog and 44. Tomorrow, Wednesday, sunny and pleasant with a high of 69.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now .72 and was .74 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 65 at noon yesterday while the norm is 132. Flows were below normal for that date.
Looking ahead- Thursday partly sunny and 67. Friday sunny and pleasant and 73. Saturday sunny and a little warmer with a high of 76. This is going to be a really nice stretch of fall weather.
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, Pennsylvania 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-69.5%, Pepacton 78.4%, Neversink 79.6%- Ashokan 78.0%, Schoharie 62.8%, Croton 93.6%, Roundout 95.9%. Combined storage was 80.3 as of September 19th. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 75.0% of capacity. We are now ahead by 5.3 %
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the twenty eighth fly of the 2014 fishing season.
This is our Sept. Peach Fly.
This fly is generally a late Sept. hatch that occurs in the late afternoon. A rusty spinner woks well when egg layers return. A pattern called the "Catskill" designed by Lou Darling in about 1900 had an orange body but I doubt it was designed to imitate this fly.
- Hook- dry 16
- Body-tannish orange
- Wing-dun z-lon
- tail-light dun
- Hackle-light dun
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!