-Sept. 28th, 2016 The first day of fall was Thursday and air temps were much cooler over the weekend and continues through the current day and far more representative of fall. Yesterday was comfortable but cool. Air temp is now 46 with cloudy skies. Rivers have decent water temps due to cool weather but the freestones are now very low once again. Much more rain is needed. We will see some showers starting tonight and continuing through the weekend. All rivers are lower than normal but the tailwaters have the better conditions. Water temps are no longer an issue and the cooler weather has brought with it much cooler water temps. This should increase hatches. For example, Olives do better when water temps drop to 50 or less. If coming to the Catskills to fish, make sure to bring your nymph and terrestrial boxes. In general fishing conditions remain unchanged. Hatches are spotty-good on some days poor the next and hard to predict. In general small Olives are around in the later part of the day. There are some spinners and a few Isonychias. Terrestrials make up a major part of the trouts diet during this time of year. Fish feed on a variety of food sources. Opening day of fishing season was 4/1/16. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Fri, Sat & Sundays when we open at 8 and close at 5. All rivers are open for fishing. Daily reports follow. NEW Fly posted-Black Ghost
BIG NEWS-we got our new English Setter puppy Saturday. She was none the worse from all her travels from Idaho. She is starting to adjust to her new living conditions and only cried for an hour Sunday night and only about 10 minutes both Monday and last night-adjusting to the crate. She slept through the night and is learning what grass is for. We are trying to recouperate from the lack of sleep. Caught her in a quiet moment-she is already a handful.
Sept. 28th, 2016. Right now it is 6:00 a.m. on this Wednesday morning with an air temp of 46 degrees with clear skies.
Due to overwhelming requests, there are now fly tying videos online. The response has been extremely positive. Just go to the fly tying header on the main page and click on the March Brown fly. This is the first in a series of tying videos with Dennis' instruction. Two others are posted as well.
Here are images of fish taken in 2016. Torrey and Mandy fished the West Branch on 3/24/16 and took a bunch of fish, Here are just 2 pictures reflecting their success.
- NEW-Used Tackle-see below
- Chris on 5/1/16-a happy fellow!
Chet on the Miramichi on 9/13/16-what a life, what a fish!
- DEP COMPLETED Cannonsville Dam Repairs- repairs were successful and finished ahead of schedule so that the cloudy discharge into the WB has been stopped. Intensive monitoring of the river will continue until Cannonsville refills in the spring.
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. Wait til you try the new rods for 2017!
SIMMS-Simms zipper front wader in the freestone model that doesn't require a second mortgage to own and yet have the quality of all Simms products. After a full year of selling the product we have not had even one report of product failure.
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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.
All women's clothing on sale for 20% off. Any discontinued product is also on sale.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2016 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 23rd year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-line.Stream Conditions-Wednesday-Sept. 28th, 2016 6:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||tricos, midges, olives||79||57 yesterday a.m.||very low|
||spinners, small Olives, Isos, tricos, beetles & ants||783||
|East Branch||Olives, Isonychias, tricos, midges||127||55.8||wadeable|
|Esopus||same as above||179||57.4||wadeable|
|Neversink||tricos,midges small Olives||138||56.7||wadeable|
|West Branch||Tricos, Sm.Olives, Isonychias||670||53.8||wadeable/ler|
|Willowemoc||tricos, midges, olives||65||
56.5. yesterday a.m.
The freestones got some much needed water from Monday's light rain as well as Monday nights rain but they are still quite low. The tailwaters continue to offer the far better fishing. The tailwaters have small Olives. This hatch will come earlier as the weather cools. Isonychias have started to emerge in numbers but moreso on the West Branch. This bug is an important fall hatch. Like all hatches, they become less dependable. A few Caddis are around both early and late. Hatches have been spotty with fishable hatches on some days while other days there are none. The main stem is wadeable.The hillsides are reflecting that fall is here, You can see fall colors in the trees-watch along Route 17. You will see red and gold leaves and the ground cover is also turning colors. It's really starting to look like fall. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are very low and both rivers are in poor condition although water temps are not a problem. Yesterday's early morning water temps was 56. Fishing has been poor due to river conditions but that should change over the next few days given the forecast for rain.. The flow was 80 cfs yesterday at noon while 125 is normal. The gage depth is .88. The East Branch remains fishable even though it is lower than normal. There are some Tricos in the morning, albeit spotty, and for the last couple of days, Olives have been present in the afternoon. This river below East Branch has decent water temps but is low. The West Branch - has a release of 594 and is now wadeable/floatable. It does have some color due to the reservoir llevel . Hatches are now hard to predict but are mostly Olives and Caddis. Streamers are a good choice on this river in the fall and not just during high water flows. Bright streamers are quite popular but often a small more natural looking streamer works better. Nymphs can often be very effective with small pheasant tails and soft hackles being good choices.The Esopus is clear. Surface activity is late day with some Isonychias. This can be a great river for nymph fishing. It is not a great dry fly river. The Neversink - This river is wadeable but low and fishable. Water temps are currently decent. Most hatches are late day with mostly small Olives, some spinners and a few Caddis. Small Olives are generally a dependable hatch until the end of the season, Oct. 15th. There are some tricos late in the morning. Small nymphs and terrestrials are both good daytime choices. This river is a great terrestrial stream. The Main Stem- is in decent shape. The current level is wadeable as a result of the decreased release on the West Branch. The level is ideal for fall fishing. This is big water and surface activity is not a sure thing. Nymph fishing the riffles can be productive, Like other rivers, hatches are hard to predict and spotty but generally late afternoon. Nymphs are good choices in non hatch situations. Water temps are not a problem. Surface activity has been slow. Think nymphs and soft hackles during non hatch situations.
Although hatches are not heavy at this time of year, trout continue to eat . Nymphs, terrestrials and minnows are now important food sources.
12 year old Ben took this fish on the Willow on 6/29/16. He tied the fly himself.
Alan got his July 4th reward on the
CatskillFly float trip on 5/18/16 w/sam decker.
Chet with his monster on 6/10/16-while on the Main stem.
.Alan took this rainbow on the West over Memorial Day weekend.
Chet took this baby on 6/13/16. WOW!!!!
Rick took a lesson with Joe on 4/13/16 and caught this VERY large fish on a Hendrickson Comparadun. He was rightfully excited
Tom Puzio using a partridge & Green on 5/18/16.
Mike with his Beaverkill fish!
Pepper took this nice fish on the MainStem on Sunday..
A proud moment between buddies-Jim and Robbie! Again on the Beaverkill.
Thanks for all the pics you continue to e-mail us. Every year we are surprised by the size of some of the fish caught. 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.
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STORE HOURS-Monday-Thursday 9-4. Friday, Saturday and Sunday-8-5.WEATHER-9/28-some sun, then clouds and 68. Tonight mostly clear and 45. Tomorrow, Thursday cooler with a touch of rain and 60. Friday cloudy with showers around and windy with a high of 60. Saturday cloudy with a shower or 2 and 65. Sunday mostly cloudy with showers around and 68.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the twenty eighth fly of the 2016 fishing season. This is a Black Ghost.
Streamers are often effective when hatches are sparse. This old pattern was first tied by Herbie Welsh in the early 1900's. The original was tied with a feather wing. I like the marabou.
- Hook-3XL streamer hook-#6-#12
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!