FLYFEST 2015!!!!! Flyfest took place on Saturday, Feb. 7th. It was really a great success. A special thank you to Catskill John and Rick for their hard work in making sure everything was in place and ran smoothly. The overwhelming take away is that everyone learned some new skill or shortcut to help them improve their tying. Pictures of the event are posted below.
BLOW OUT SALE ON THE FOLLOWING ITEMS;
All IN STOCK SAGE RODS-50% OFF,
SIMMS FREESTONE BOOTS-WERE $139 NOW $83.99
ECHO EDGE FLYRODS WERE $225 NOW $135 EACH-9'5 WEIGHT OR 9'6 WEIGHT
The New Year has come and as we get into 2015, it is hard to believe that we've been around for almost 20 years-trying to serve our customers to the best of our ability. We wish you a wonderful 2015 with the best fishing one can imagine. We are now only open on Saturdays and Sundays. For any questions, just leave a message on our answering system.
HELP WANTED-Catskill flies is seeking part time store help beginning in April 2015. A guides license would be a plus. If interested, send your resume to Catskill Flies at 6 Stewart Ave, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776 or drop it off at the shop if you are in the area.
VERY SAD NEWS!!-With the passing of JB Martin, we are planning for the future of flyfest. If you are interested in helping please let us know. Either e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 607-498-6146.
SALE- We are able to offer some Fishpond items at phenominal prices. These are discontinued items due to color changes or the items were changed in some way. VERY, VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES-1, the Boulder Briefcase was $139.95 now $69.95 2. The Lodgepole fishing Satchel was $99.95 now $45.99 3/ Westwater chest/lumbar pack was $79.95 now $45.00, 4. Westwater guiide Lumbar pack was $139.95 now $65.99 5. Westwater Sling Pack was $149.95 now $69.95.
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.
Jeff took this 20+ rainbow on the East Branch on 11/11/14 using an Olive Wooly Bugger. Good catch.
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.Rich with his beautiful brown taken on 10/5/14
.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 second
Thursday- Nov. 20th, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||streamers, small olives, nymphs||
|36.0 yest a.m.
||streamers, sm. Olives. nymphs||1680||
|floatable & wadeable|
|East Branch||streamers, small Olives,nymphs||162||34.3||fishable|
|Esopus||nymphs, small Olives, streamers||368||37.8||fishable|
|West Branch||streamers, small Olives,nymphs||1020||45.5||floatable & wadeable|
|Willowemoc||streamers, small Olives, nymphs||138||35.5 yest.||fishable|
Thanks for all the pics you e-mailed us this past year. Every year gets better and better! Keep them coming 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 email@example.com 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 26 very frosty degrees under partly cloudy skies. This will be the last fishing report of the season. For further information just call the shop at 607-4989-6146. Our first winter newsletter will be out in mid December. The newsletter will be about fishing and tying tips. If you have a tip you would like to share, drop us a line. We will certainly give you credit. Today we will have some flurries with windy conditions. River flows have risen since last week due to some showers and some snow showers earlier this week. All rivers still remain low for this time of year but all rivers are theoreticly fishable but nighttime air temps have been in the single digits. Except for a few Olives and midges, all fishing is subsurface. As of the end of November only the Beaverkill and Willowemoc no-kill sections and the West Branch where there is shared border water will be open. Please check before you fish. For my grouse and woodcock buddies, the cooler weather has helped the season.
Willowemoc and Beaverkill- Both rivers are fishable but abnormally low for this time of year. There are still a few Olives and midges but mostly sub-surface is the way to fish. The West Branch - where there is shared border water is open for fishing. The current release is unknown. The recording for the year is over, so we will not be able to post releases for 2014. It is now at a better wade level. The upper section is closed to fishing. Hatches have been spotty with some Olives and the river has fished slowly this fall. Main Stem - is now at a good level for wade fishing. Nymphs and streamers would be a good choice at this time of year. Some Olives are about in the afternoons. The Neversink IS CLOSED EFFECTIVE OCT. 15TH AND WON'T REOPEN UNTIL THE SPRING. The East Branch - is closed above Shinnople. It is lower than normal and clear. The lower river is at a good nymphing level. The Esopus- is open until Nov. 30th. Currently this river is in decent shape and clear. This is the time of year to look for reservoir fish. Spawners are usually caught on nymphs and streamers. These fish tend to favor the deeper lies. Getting the fly down is important.
You can get your license by calling 866-933-2257 Monday through Friday. 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.
STORE HOURS-WE ARE NOW CLOSED ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS
Weather-today some flurries and windier with a high of 30. Tonight windy with flurries and a low of 15. Tomorrow, Friday, some a.m. flurries but cold with a little sun and a high of 27.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now 1.90 and was 2.0 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 260at noon yesterday while the norm is 440. Flows were below normal for that date.
Looking ahead- Saturday mostly sunny not as cold with a high of 35. Sunday mostly cloudy and milder with a high of 47. Monday showers around and not as cold with a high of 58.
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-45.6%, Pepacton 62.6% Neversink 64.6%- Ashokan 64.0%, Schoharie 56.2%, Croton 88.3%, Roundout 91.9%. Combined storage was 66.6 as of Nov. 19th. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 75.7% of capacity. We are now behind by 9.1 %.
**** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the thirty-fourth fly of the 2014 fishing season. It is also our last for this year. Over the winter we will be resuming our newsletters. Make sure we have your e-mail address so you can receive them.
This is our Black Stone.
Stone flies live as nymphs for up to two or three years before hatching. Trout start to look more to nymphs such as stoneflies as hatches.
- Hook- #8-4X long
- Body-black fur with 10% red sparkle dubbing
- Tail-black turkey biots
- antenna-black turkey biots
- rib-black D-rib
- wing cases-turkey
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!