Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 2014 at 6:30 a.m- It is now fall and it both looks and feels like it most of the time-however summer has made a brief return for the last few days. Then it started cooling down once again and yesterday was a mix of sun and clouds with cooler air temps. Today will be cloudy with a shower. Fall is really here with the leaves turning colors, school is in sessions, school buses slow us all down in the morning, and fall fishing is here. In the mornings. a jacket is welcome. What a beautiful time of year to be outdoors. Note a few pictures posted below.
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.
Joe Rist, our newest guide whom many of you have met at the shop, took this picture while on the river on 9/28/14. Another great fall shot.
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 secondWednesday- October 1st, 2014 at 6:30a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis, spinners. small Olives, Isonychias, midges. tricos||
|56.0 yest a.m.
||Caddis, sm. Olives, Isonychias||1470||59.9||floatable & wadeable|
|East Branch||caddis, spinners, Isonychias, Trico||96||54.9||wadeable|
|Esopus||Caddis, Isonychias||176||62.8||mostly clear|
|Neversink||Caddis, small Olives, Isonychias||96||58.1||low-wadeable|
|West Branch||caddis, small Olives, Isonychias||1280||53.6||floatable-limited wading|
|Willowemoc||caddis, small Olives, spinners, Isoncyhias, midges, tricos||32||55.5 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 and start thinking about 2015. 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 54 degrees under cloudy skies. We haven't received rain in a while and most rivers are low due to the lack of rain or reduced reservoir releases which is normal as the City starts saving water for the upcoming year. Today will be cooler and cloudy which should make for better fishing Looking ahead weather-wise we are expecting rain on Saturday and maybe a shower today. Currently Caddis are a major hatch and they are on all rivers in varying numbers. Isonychia are around and are important on the main stem. Small Olives, Hebes and spinners are late day hatches. Currently river conditions remain unchanged.
Willowemoc and Beaverkill- Both rivers are clear and very low. Yesterdays early morning water temp was 56. Small Olives and midges with Caddis are about late in the day. Under the current conditions, a long fine leader is a must. The West Branch has had the most consistent insect emergence in light of the mostly steady release rates. It was decreased to 846 fs as of 7 a.m. friday morning but was increased to 1088 cfs effective 7 a.m.Saturday morning and then increased to 1358 cfs yesterday Monday morning and slightly decreased again yesterday (Tuesday) to 1267 cfs. This makes for very limited wading on the West. Color is present once again as reservoir levels decrease. October can be a pretty decent month on this river. Small Olives, Isonychias and Caddis are usually present on most days. 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. Midges can be important on this river and are often not noticed. Most surface activity is late in the day. Nymphs have been effective. the Isonychias have increased in numbers and there are also some Caddis and small Olives. The Neversink is easily wadeable and is low but fishable. Midges have been in good numbers as well as some Caddis.This is a great river for terrestrials in the fall which is the major food source. Most activity is generally close to dark. The East Branch - above East Branch is at a normal fall flow. it is low but fishable. With the more summer-like weather tricos are present in the morning and evening have been midges, small Olives and Caddis. The Esopus-. is low but is fishable. Some small Olives, stoneflies and Caddis are about. A decent increase in river flows should help some spawners out of the reservoir. Generally Isonychias are a major hatch by mid September. Some Sulphurs and small Olives are about later in the day.
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 cloudy with a shower and 67. Tonight mostly cloudy with some late fog and 48. Tomorrow, Thursday, a.m. fog and then partly sunny and 68.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now .64 and was .64 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 52 at noon yesterday while the norm is 168. Flows were below normal for that date.
Looking ahead- Friday mostly cloudy and breezy and 68. Saturday cloudy and cooler weather with occasional rain and 59. Sunday sun mixing with clouds and cool with a high of only 54. Fall is back.
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-59.5%, Pepacton 74.7% Neversink 77.9%- Ashokan 74.6%, Schoharie 57.8%, Croton 91.2%, Roundout 96.0%. Combined storage was 76.2 as of September 30th. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 71.8% of capacity. We are now ahead by 4.4 %
**** 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 twenty ninth fly of the 2014 fishing season.
This is our Hebe Emerger.
The Hebe is a Sulphur look alike with a yellow body and gray wings. Like the sulphur, it is a late day bug.
- Hook- #16 light wire scud
- Wing-light dun CDC
- tail-ginger z-lon
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!