Saturday, Jan. 7th, 2017 - Hope you all had a happy New Year and that 2017 brings only good things. Get ready, FLY FEST is coming up on Feb. 4th. All are welcome. If you want to tie at the event, please go to the Catskill Flies forum and get your name on the list. Already, there are lots of people coming and tying. You can also contact Catskill John or Quadfish for further info. As always, Catskill Flies will provide some great prizes. Remember this is an event that will bring all levels of tyers together-newbies are more than welcome. This, as always, becomes a learning event for all-perhaps some methodology that not everyone is familiar with or perhaps a new tie. We look forward to seeing you all. Coffee and cake will be available.
We are now doing weekly fishing reports. Daily reports will resume in March, 2017. Fly of the week is also finished for 2016.. Store hours are now Fri. through Monday weather permitting. It.s been a great week-we got two days of real rain and rivers are now in great condition. We can have winter now that the swamps are full-that's an old saying the old-timers have. Hatches are in the afternoon with mostly Olives, midges and some Caddis.
Our English Setter puppy is growing by leaps and bounds. She is proving to be a handfull. She has so much energy that it puts all of us, and our other pets, to shame. Her middle of the night trips to the bathroom seem to have ended.
Maggy looks sweet but she is a terror-10/14/16
Dec. 2nd, 2016. Right now it is 3:00 p.m. on this Friday afternoon with an air temp of 33 degrees with cloudy skies.
Fall at home.
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!
Chet on the Miramichi on 9/13/16-what a life, what a fish!
- 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 2017!
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.
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.
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.
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. One should be coming out shortly,
For those who want a Simms product we don't have in stock, we will have it drop shipped to you at NO additional cost.
All women's clothing on sale for 20% off. Any discontinued product is also on sale.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2017 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 25th year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-line.Stream Conditions-Fri. December 2nd, 2016 3:00 p.m.
||small Olives, beetles & ants||4850||43.0||fishable|
|Esopus||same as above||797||47.5||closed|
|West Branch||Sm.Olives, Caddis||543||42.8||wadeable/floatable|
We will do intermitant reports during the winter and keep you up to date as to conditions. Our shop is open Friday through Sunday. We have had about 12 inches of snow last sunday and the weather turned more winter-llike. This week we got lots of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday which was terribly needed. At this time of year subsurface fishing is a more effective method although Olives can last until the end of the month. Check before fishing as some rivers are closed for the year and others have sections available for fishing. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers closed at the end of November. The no-kill sections are open all year long,. Flows have increased a great deal and the rivers look like May right now.The flow was 3000 cfs yesterday at noon while 600 is normal. The gage depth is 4.05. The East Branch closed at the end of November.The West Branch- remains open below the Gamelands. It does have some color due to the reservoir level but it has little effect on fishing. Releases are subject to change at anytime. There are some Olives and Caddis. Some light colored streamers are a good choice on this river in the fall and not just during high water flows. The Esopus is closed to fishing. Thanks to Tony for his information-he is very reliable. The Neversink - This river is closed for the season. The Main Stem- is at a decent level. Think subsurface but look for Olives in the afternoon. Nymphs and streamers are good choices.
Although hatches are not heavy at this time of year, trout continue to eat . Nymphs, terrestrials and minnows are now important food sources.
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= Friday, Saturday and Sunday-8-5. Monday 9-4.WEATHER-12/2- mostly cloudy with a snow shower and 40. Tonight some late snow showers and 32. Tomorrow, Saturday, windy with a snow shower and 35.. Sunday cloudy with a flurry and 35. Monday partly cloudy and 38. RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Cannonsville-20.4%, Schoharie 33.9% Pepacton 50.4% ,Neversink 57.3%, Ashokan 58.6%, Roundout 93.5%, Croton 89.2% of capacity. As of 12/2/16 combined storage is 56.9 % of capacity while the norm is 81.4%. We are -24.5% below normal.
**** 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 thirtieth fly of the 2016 fishing season. This is our Baby Brown Trout.
At this time of year bait fish make up a large share of a trout's diet. This is a go-to pattern when I fish streamers.
- Hook-#6-8 streamer 3XL
- Thread-white-black for head
-throat-0orange calf-long as hook
-wing-yellow marabou bottom, brown top
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!