-July 30th, 2016 We are now in the heart of summer and it has been very hot and muggy so far this summer. Yesterday was a humid day once again-but not intolerable. No rain fell in the area yesterday. Opening day of fishing season was 4/1/16. It has been good so see many of our old customers and friends. The shop is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All rivers are open for fishing. Daily reports follow. NEW Fly posted-BWO floating nymph.
July 30th, 2016. Right now it is 6:00 a.m. on this Saturday morning with an air temp of 61 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Yesterday, Friday, was a humid day but with tolerable air temps. Today we will see an afternoon t-storm with a high of 78. Tonight rain and a t-storm with a low of 64. Any rain would be welcome as the Catskills are in a moderate drought. Any rain will be a help to the freestones. In general river conditions remain largely unchanged . The freestones remain low and warm while the tailwaters remain fishable and continue to fish decently. There are Sulphurs and Olives present on most days. Reservoir release remain the same. Summer hatches can be hard to predict so be prepared to resort to different methods of fishing, Sulphurs remain an important hatch but Olives are emerging in larger numbers. On the tailwaters, dry fly activity is usually in the afternoon but morning emergence of Olives or Sulphurs also happen often. By noon the tailwaters have dependable Sulphur hatches mixed with some small Olives and Isonychias. Small nymphs and terrestrials are excellent choices during non hatch situations. Beetles and ants have also produced some fish. Sulphurs continue to be a dependable summer hatch on the tailwaters through August. Ants and beetles are a good choice on all rivers.
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!
- 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 2016!
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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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 18th year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-line.Stream Conditions-Saturday-July 30th, 2016 6:00 a.m.
||Caddis, spinners, small Olives, Sulphurs, Isos, beetles & ants||985||
|East Branch||Olives, sulphurs, caddis||194||62.1||wadeable|
|Esopus||same as above||289||68.4||wadeable|
|Neversink||Caddis, midges small Olives||201||64.2||wadeable|
|West Branch||Sulphurs, Olives, Isonychias||566||49.5||floatable|
Fishing Conditions- With the warm and humid weather of the last 2 weeks, the freestones have gotten quite warm and low. Monday's storms helped but not enough to turn the rivers around. They are best left unfished. This may change if we get the t-storms predicted over the next few days. Tailwaters remain in decent shape for July with Sulphurs, some scattered Isonychias and Olives. They are fishable with cool water temps but don't go too far downstream where water temps do warm. A stream thermometer is a valuable tool under the current conditions. Both the main stem and West Branch are floatable and wadeable. Today there will be a t-storm in spots with a high of 78. Tonight rain and a t-storm with a low of 64. Olives and sulphurs are dependable hatches all summer long on the East and West branches in 2 or 3 sizes. The spring blooms are finished for the year and we are in the midst of summer. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are still in poor condition and fishing them is not a good idea. AS OF JULY 1ST THE HORTON SECTION OF THE BEAVERKILL IS CLOSED FOR FISHING-it serves as a thermal refuge. The flow was 155 cfs yesterday at noon while 155 is normal. The gage depth is 1.25. The East Branch is at a normal summer level. It has cleared after the showers of Thursday. Olives and midges have become important and there are a few Tricos in the morning. Water temps are fine above East Branch but below East Branch it gets warm. The West Branch - is at an ideal wade level. It also is floatable - the release is 500 cfs. It has had some fairly dependable hatches especially in the upper reaches. Because of this, it has, at times, become covered with flyfishers. The lower reaches haveless bugs but also less people. Water temps are good to at least Hancock. Spinners are important at times, late in the day. Some days there are lots of bugs, other days not. Ants fished along the banks work very well for bank sippers. Sulphurs remain important and mix with more olives as we get into August. The Esopus is wadeable. It gets pretty warm as you get to Boiceville. Most surface activity is late day. Hatches have been spotty with some Isonychias, some small Olives and small Caddis. This can be a great river for nymph fishing. It is not a great dry fly river. Water temps are fine to about Cold Brook. The reservoir is about 50% of capacity so an increase in release is not likely to occur. The Neversink - This river is at a normal summer flow, Small Olives are present most days but generally later in the day. There are some Tricos mixed with a few Caddis. In general, hatches have been sporadic on this river. Below Bridgeville it gets too warm. Most surface activity is late day. Small nymphs and terrestrials are both good daytime choices and are very effective during the summer. The gorge is too warm to fish during the summer-which is normal. The Main Stem- is getting low and warm again due to the limited release from Cannonsville, Water temps should be checked before fishing. Currently conditions are better above Stockport. Hatches are spotty and close to dark with some small Olives, spinners and a few Light Cahills. Water temps below Buckingham remain too warm to fish. Small nymphs such as pheasant tails fished in the riffles have been effective.
The Catskills are currently experiencing a moderate drought. This may mean we are going to have to live with what we get regarding water releases.. Terrestrials and some small nymphs can be very effective during non-hatch situations. During the summer season, the well stocked flybox should contain terrestrials, Sulphurs and Olives.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description. Help make this the best year 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 23rd year in Roscoe. .We love seeing each one of you and making new friends.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.
STORE HOURS-Daily from April 1st from 8-5.WEATHER-7/30/16- an afternoon t-storm and 78. Tonight rain and a t-storm and 64. Tomorrow, Sunday a couple of p.m. t-storms and 72. Monday some rain and an afternoon t-storm in spots and 74. Tuesday mostly sunny with a shower and 72. Wednesday nice with a mix of sun and clouds and 77.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the nineteenth fly of the 2016 fishing season. This is our Blue Wing Olive floating nymph.
Small nymphs are often caught in the surface film. Fish are well aware of this and often become selective to a floating nymph pattern.
- Hook- TMC 101 #18-22
- body-natures spirit Olive brown emerger dubbing
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!