Today is Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 5:45 a.m- Yesterday was a warm and humid day but without any t-storms. The chance of scattered t-storms will be around for the next few days. See fishing conditions below.
BIG NEWS- The highest court in NY ruled on June 30th that fracking can be banned by local communities. This is a stupendous win. Will post the article later today.
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.
First picture of the new year. While out on a trip with Walt,
Greg took this nice fish on the Neversink on 4/18/14.
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.John with a great Beaverkill fish on 6/21/14.
.JKevan with his East Branch fish on 6/11/14.
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 secondTuesday- July 22nd, 2014 at 5:45 a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis, spinners. small Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias, Light Cahills|
|59.0 yest a.m.||wadeable|
|Delaware-at Callicoon||Caddis, sm. Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias, Light Cahills||2660||64.6||Wadeable & floatable|
|East Branch||caddis, spinners, Sulphurs, Isonychias, Light Cahills||871||49.3||some wading|
|Esopus||Caddis, Sulphurs, Isonychias,Light Cahills||417||61.7||wadeable|
|Neversink||Caddis, small Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias, Light Cahills||266||65.5||wadeable|
|West Branch||caddis, small Olives, Sulphurs, Isonychias, Light Cahills||676||48.6||wadeable & floatable|
|Willowemoc||caddis, small Olives, spinners, Isoncyhias, Light Cahills||340||58.5 yest.||wadeable|
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 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. 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 64 degrees under mostly clear skies, It's been feeling like fall, especially in the early mornings, with the cooler than normal weather over the last few days. All rivers are clear and fishable. Fishing has remained unchanged and fishing conditions continue to be consistent for the month of July. Summer hatches are generally not as heavy as spring hatches and fish look for other food sources. Terrestrials play a large part of the trouts diet during the summer months.
River flows are currently good and water temps are not a problem. Most hatching activity has been on the tailwaters. There are still some Isonychias around but mostly Sulphurs, small Olives and some Light Cahills.
The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Currently both rivers are clear with wadeable levels. Yesterday's early morning temp was 59. Conditions on both these rivers are excellent for late July. Hatches tend to be scattered and of short duration on these rivers. HOwever, as long as conditions are good fish will respond to a well presented fly. Surface activity tends to be early and late at this time of year. Look for small Olives, midges, spinners and a few Light Cahills. The Horton area is now closed to fishing as it is a thermal refuge area for the fish. The West Branch is floatable and wadeable. The release from Cannonsville Reservoir remains at 600 cfs effective Monday. Fishing has been fairly consistent with Sulphurs and small Olives most afternoons. Caddis emergence are hard to predict on this river but they can be important. The nymph fishing remains impossible due to the "crap", otherwise known as slime, in the upper reaches. Upper Main Stem is fishable with decent water temps past Lordsville. Hatches are mainly close to dark. Fishing the rifflles with nymphs has produced. The Neversink is wadeable. Water temps are currently not a problem in the normal trout zone. Summer hatches on this river consists of midges, small Olives and Caddis. The East Branch is still somewhat higher than normal from the storms and from it's reservoir release. It is receding slowly and wading is limited. Terrestrials are important on this river. Tricos are spotty but should increase as water levels drop. There are some Sulphurs, small Olives and Isonychias late in the day. The Esopus is fishable once again. This can be a fun river to fish. This can be a good river to fish attractor dries.So far this summer, we have had ideal conditions most of the time. At this time of year most insects are small. When nymph fishing use smaller sizes in 18-22. When using a dropper rig use a small indictor dry fly or just fish the nymphs without a strike indicator. Water temps play an important part of summer success. Check the water temps before fishing. Any water temps over 70 will meet with little success. Hatches on the tailwaters can happen at any time. Sulphurs and small Olives are major hatches all summer long mixed at times with Caddis and Isonychias. Terrestrials should be in everyone's flybox.
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.
Current weather: Today a spotty t-storm with a high of 83. Tonight an early spotty t-storm with a low of 65. Tomorrow, Wednesday, a strong p.m. t-storm possible and 84.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is now 2.94 and was 3.14 yesterday at noon. River was flowing at 640 at noon yesterday while the norm is 175. Flows were well above normal for that date.
Looking ahead- Thursday partly sunny and not as warm and 73. Friday mostly sunny and nice with a high of 76. Saturday lots of sun and 81.
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-96.9%, Pepacton 99.0%, Neversink 101.1%- Ashokan 99.7%, Schoharie 91.7%, Croton 98.7%, Roundout 98.5%. Combined storage was 98.6 as of July 16th. 2014. For this date reservoirs are usually at 90.6% of capacity. We are now ahead by 8.0 %
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the twentiety fly of the 2014 fishing season.
This is our Sulphur Sparkle Dun
Fish can be highly selective during Sulphur hatches. Having the right size fly is not enough. During the emergence be prepared to change fly patterns often. Sometimes just changing the type of emerger can make the difference. This pattern was designed by the folks at Blue Ribbon Flies and it's very effective at this time of year. Sizes 18-20 are necessary.
- Hook-#18-20 dry
- Body-sulphur dubbing
- Thread-white or cream
- tail-ginger z-lon
- Wing-bleached deer hair
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!