Today is Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 6:40 a.m- Yesterday was a rather cloudy day although that wasn't forecast. Today will be sunny and nice. This is the start of the Labor Day holiday and the accepted date for the end of summer. Kids go back to school this week and the normal routine kicks in. Driving to Roscoe, you can see many of the leaves getting some fall colors.
BIG NEWS- The highest court in NY ruled on June 30th that fracking can be banned by local communities. This is a stupendous win.
The HORTON area on the Beaverkill is now closed to fishing-this is a thermal refuge area and closed effective today, July 1st.
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 is being prepared and will be going out soon.
NEW, NEW, NEW!!!! Come in and check out the new reels now in stock-Hatch- they are made in the US and warranteed for life. Lots of new merchandise is in-from t-shirts to waders and everything else in-between. We now also carry Clics-the magnetic closing readers and some sunglasses-very hard to loose with their permanently attached "croakie".
Catskill Flies is seeking guide(s) with driftboat. Please contact us at 607-498-6146.
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 secondFriday- August 29th, 2014 at 6:40a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis, spinners. small Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias, midges. tricos||
|61.0 yest a.m.
||Caddis, sm. Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias||942||65.3||floatable & wadeable|
|East Branch||caddis, spinners, Sulphurs, Isonychias, Trico||176||53.8||wadeable|
|Esopus||Caddis, Sulphurs, Isonychias||181||59.7||off-color|
|Neversink||Caddis, small Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias||147||57.2||wadeable|
|West Branch||caddis, small Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias||643||48.0||floatable & wadeable|
|Willowemoc||caddis, small Olives, spinners, Isoncyhias, midges, tricos||54||60.5 yest.||very 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. 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 now 47 chilly degrees under mostly clear skies. Yesterday was a mostly cloudy and cool day. Today the sun will shine once again but air temps will be around 73. Rain would be welcome on the freestones, as they are quite low. Fishing has held up well all summer especially in light of the cooler weather. Sulphurs are starting to fade and the Olives are starting to show in greater numbers. The Trico has been hit or miss all summer. Caddis and Isonychias have been emerging late in the day. The tailwaters have fished well all summer and should continue to do so. At this time of year terrestrials play a big part of the trout's diet.
The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Currently both rivers are clear and very low. Yesterdays early morning water temp was 61 and the cooler weather should help keeping water temps down. Fishing is best early in the day. Thee are small Olives, midges and a few Caddis about. With the current conditions, early morning has been the most productive time to fish. With the current conditions a long fine leader is a must. The Horton area is now closed to fishing as it is a thermal refuge area for the fish. Be sure to check water temps before fishing. The West Branch has had the most consistent insect emergence in light of the steady release rate. It is 602 cfs as of yesterday, Thursday, and is fishing well for August. There are still some Sulphurs but they are fading and small Olives are now an important hatch. A few Isonychia and Caddis are about generally late day. The "slop" above Deposit remains a problem making nymph fishing impossible. This will probably remain a problem through the summer. It is still possible to nymph fish the lower river and it generally doesn't have the fishing pressure. A small peasant tail or prince are good choices along with an Isonychia nymph or small Caddis close to dark. Main Stem is at a good fishable level. Good nymph patterns have been stoneflies and Caddis pupa. Evenings have seen some midges, small Olives, Caddis or spinners. While most surface activity is late in the day , nymph fishing the riffles can often be effective. The Neversink is easily wadeable and at a normal flow for summer. Small Olives are the main hatch generally late in the day. Terrestrials should not be overlooked on this river. There are also a few Caddis either late morning or close to dark. The East Branch -. is at a normal low summer flow and is clear. Hatches are varied and can change from one area of the river to another. Caddis are emerging both early and late in the day. Tricos have been spotty this year and we haven't seen the spinner fall of past years. Caddis are present both early and late day. There are some Isonychias close to dark. Below East Branch, the river warms quickly. Terrestrials such as a grasshopper fished around cover and along the banks have been effective. The Esopus-. is low and the portal is adding off-color water. It does clean up a little as it reaches Boiceville. Some Sulphurs and small Olives are about later in the day. This is a great nymph and wet fly river.Looking ahead to the fall, conditions usually become more fall-like after mid September. By this time of year, Caddis, Olives and Isonychias become the major hatches.
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. We must have at least 2 people working in the shop to do them-takes longer than in the past-and in the height of the season this is almost impossible. 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 mostly sunny and comfortable with a high of 73. Tonight partly cloudy and 53. Tomorrow, Saturday, some sun and then clouds and 77.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now .99 and was 1.02 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 93 at noon yesterday while the norm is 125 Flows were below normal for that date.
Looking ahead- Sunday periods of sun with a t-storm and 78. Monday a spotty p.m. t-storm and 80. Tuesday a t-storm in the afternoon and 82.
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-83.3%, Pepacton 88.0%, Neversink 92.7%- Ashokan 88.3%, Schoharie 80.0%, Croton 97,4%, Roundout 97.7%. Combined storage was 89.6 as of August 22nd. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 90.2% of capacity. We are now ahead by 9.4 %
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the twenty sixth fly of the 2014 fishing season.
This is our Olive Parachute Emerger
Because they are on the water most days for a long period of time fish become very selective to this hatch. This is a pattern I've had good luck with when fish get picky.
- Hook- Light wire scud 18-22#22
- Body-Olive dubbing
- Thread-12/0 grey
- Shuck-Olive-Brown zlon
- Wing-grey antron
- Hackle-grizzly dyed Olive
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!