Today is Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. Yesterday was a mainly cloudy & chilly day and the wind made it feel even colder. Fishing conditions found below.
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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.
First picture of the new year. While out on a trip with Walt,
Greg took this nice fish on the Neversink on 4/18/14.
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.
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 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 secondThursday- April 24th, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||stone flies, caddis||715||40.0 yest.am
||stone flies, caddis||4540||43.2||high-floatable only|
|East Branch||stone flies, caddis||997||39.4||limited wading|
|Neversink||Quill Gordons, Caddis & Blue Quills||163||43.3||wadeable|
|West Branch||stone flies, caddis||1840||40.3||some limited wading|
|Willowemoc||stone flies, caddis||429||39.5 yest.||wadeable|
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FISHING CONDITIONS- Lots of clouds yesterday with blowing wind making it feel very cold. Today will be sunny, breezy and cool, but not as cool as yesterday. It's only 32 now. There are a number of different bugs around. Stone flies, Caddis, small Olives and Blue Quills are on all rivers. There are more Quill Gordons on the Neversink. At this time of year, emergence tends to be sporadic. We are all anxious for the hatches to really get going after the long and hard winter we have all been through. Rivers continue to recede slowly and are coming down to more normal levels daily.
The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are now clear and wadeable. Yesterdays 8 a.m. water temp was 40. Some Caddis and stone flies about mainly in the afternoon as well as some Blue Quills. We can expect Quill Gordons at any time now. The West Branch remains high and is at a better float level. Reservoir will stop spilling today. It has very limited wading. Nymphs and streamers have caught some fish and there are some Caddis, Blue Quills and small Olives about mostly in the afternoon. The Main Stem is still up and is better floated. A few Black stones are about. The East Branch is still high as the reservoir is still spilling-but that should end today. Water levels should drop quickly. There is some limited wading. The increase flows have not been kind to emerging flies. When flows return to normal, this river should fish well. The Neversink is at an easy wade flow and clear. There are now some Quill Gordons, Caddis and Blue Quills. Some fish are moving towards the surface. The Esopus continues to recede and is now wadeable. Stone flies are present in the afternoons. This is a good river for nymph fishing.
Looking ahead, fishing should continue to improve as water levels drop and water temps rise. Despite the lack of dry fly fishing, nymphs and streamers have caught some nice fish. For those coming to the Catskills next week you should see the start of spring fishing.
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. We are trying to catch up but should be ready by the coming weekend. In preparation, wi-fi is now available at the shop and we got the computer we will be using. 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.
Current weather: It is now clear and 32 degrees. Today mostly sunny and breezy but cool with a high of 52. Tonight mostly clear and breezy with a low of 30. Tomorrow, Friday, warmer with a p.m. shower or 2 and a high of 61.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now 3.17 and was 3.21 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 780 at noon yesterday while the norm is 805. Flows were lower than normal for that date..
Looking ahead- Saturday a passing shower or two and 55. Sunday sunny and breezy with a high of 51. Monday partly sunny and 54.
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-101.4%, Pepacton 100.6%, Neversink 93.8%- Ashokan 98.8%, Schoharie 92.7%, Croton 98.9%, Roundout 95.3%. Combined storage was 98.9% as of April 21st. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 98.3% of capacity. We are now ahead by .6%.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the seventh fly of the 2014 fishing season. We now have our AP (all-purpose) Emerger
I believe this pattern represents the nymph prior to emerging. It works very well as a Hendrickson or Blue Quill emerger. It is also a simple pattern to tie.
- Body-brown fur
- Tail-wood duck
- Wing-dun snowshoe rabbit
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!