Today is Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:20 a.m. It's been windy and cold with cold nights. Any water outside froze again last night. Improving weather starts today. We hope some of our customers are having a good Passover or will have a happy Easter. See below for fishing conditions.
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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.
Catskill Flies is seeking guide(s) with driftboat. Please contact us at 607-498-6146.
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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. We are already preparing our calendar for 2014-some special and exciting events planned. 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 they will be back again this year. 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.
Jack ran across this specimin while in the gorge on Wednesday, Sept 4th. Interesting!
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 secondFriday- April 18th, 2014 at 6:20 a.m.
|Beaverkill||-nymphs, streamers||1690||38.0 yest.am
||too high to wade|
||-nymphs, streamers||10,300||42.4||dangerously high|
|East Branch||-nymphs, streamers||3360||39.0||reservoir release|
|West Branch||nymphs, streamers||3450||39.7||floatable only|
|Willowemoc||nymphs, streamers||1015||37,5 yest.||high|
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. Just e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description. Keep up the great work..
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- Yesterday was another cool but sunny day. After another cold night, temps are now starting to warm again which should help bring up river temps. All rivers remain high other than the Neversink so wading will be limited once again today. With no rain predicted for a few days, rivers will drop, remain clear and be close to normal by early in the week.
The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers have cleared but are still high with limited wading.. Yesterdays 8 a.m. water temp was 38. Hatches have been slow on these two rivers probably due to water flows and temps. The West Branch is high and only floatable.. It is not spilling from Cannonsville. A few fish are being taken on streamers but there is little surface activity. The Main Stem is way too high for wading but floatable with care. A few Black stones are about. The East Branch is also too high to wade and is floatable only. This is due to a reservoir release. The increase flows have not been kind to emerging flies. When flows return to normal, this river should fish well. The Neversink is at a good flow and is wadeable and clear. Surface activity is spotty with some Caddis, small Olives and stoneflies. This river usually has the Quill Gordon and Hendricksons earlier than other Catskill rivers. The Esopus is also too high to comfortable wading. The tribs are your best bet and you might find some success with spawning rainbows.
For those looking forward to the weekend, expect higher than normal water flows. In general, fishing has been slow. A few warm days and some falling river flows will change everything. I believe we can expect Hendricksons towards the end of the month.
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. We are trying to catch up but will take another week or two before we can issue licenses. We spent last Thursday in training and should be able to do licenses within the next week or so. 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. Otherwise, pack your lunch.
***** 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 mostly clear and 27 chilly degrees. Today will be mostly sunny and warmer with a high of 53. Tonight mostly cloudy and cold with a low of 34. Tomorrow, Saturday, a mix of sun and clouds and 54.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now 4.6 and was 4.9 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 1950 at noon yesterday while the norm is 1020. Flows were higher than normal.
Looking ahead- Sunday mostly sunny and warmer and a high of 60. Monday partly sunny and nice sand warm with a high of 66. Tuesday mostly cloudy with a shower and 63.
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-102.0%, Pepacton 101.0%, Neversink 94.6%- Ashokan 98.5%, Schoharie 94.0%, Croton 98.9%, Roundout 95.6%. Combined storage was 99.2% as of April 17th. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 98.5% of capacity. We are now ahead by .7%.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the sixth fly of the 2014 fishing season. We now have an Adult Black Stone.
The early season stoneflies emerge mid river, not on the edges as the later season stone flies do. When emerging this fly struggles and flutters on the surface. I like to fish this pattern with some movement as it reaches the target zone.
- Hook- 2X Long #14-#16
- Tails-black goose biots
- Wing-dark dun CDC
- Hackle-dark dun
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!