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For the 2014 year-Help wanted-shop employee with some knowledge of the sport-full or part time. Guides license a plus. Also seeking guide(s).Call us at 607-498-6146.
With the advent of the cooler weather (we had lots of snow flurries already) and the reduction of fishing opportunities, stream condition reports will be done once a week on Friday mornings. (This report is a day late as we had to return from the holiday on Long Island. Of course, if something major impacts fishing we will keep you up-to-date and will do a report as the situation warrants. Winter hours are Friday, Saturday and Sundays only weather permitting.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday with friends and/or family. We all have lots to be thankful for including the food we all enjoyed. Christmas is only about 4 weeks away.
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.
LAST UPDATE: Today is Saturday, November 30th at 7:00 a.m. with an air temp of 9 frigid degrees under partly clear skies. This week has been colder than normal with snow flurries on most days. Trees are bare and grassy areas are covered with a couple of inches of snow. See below for stream conditions.
We are proud to welcome Tilley Hats into our family. 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. The cold weather version is now in stock. ECHO flyrods have joined Sage and have proved to be very popular as they cast well and are very reasonably priced, a Simms store within a store has been added so we can bring in more models of their line, and Korkers boots, which come with 2 pair of interchangeable soles, are also available. These are proving to be popular. Our new slatwalll was put up giving us more room for the things you love.
Come share in our REWARDS PROGRAM. Move over Citicorp!!! When you come into the shop ask for your rewards card. Your purchases accumulate allowing for an increasing percentage off on further purchases after you reach some reasonable minimums. This program is already popular. This includes flies. It does not include brands that do not allow us to discount-but there is only a few of them. For those who want a Simms product we don't stock, we will have it dropped shipped to you at NO cost.
With all the money you saved on Patagonia Waders and Echo rods, perhaps you would like to reward yourself with a trip to Patagonia . Try the Carrileufu Valley Lodge. Check out this great fishing destination at CarrileufuValleyLodge.com. It is fully staffed from chefs to guides.
A heck of a lodge!!!
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 Sage One and the new Sage Circa has arrived in the store. Come in and try them.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2013 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 15th 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 go to the discussion board we have posted and updated all the recent events on this subject. You can also 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
Saturday- November 30th, at 7:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||nymphs,streamers,midges||929||34.0 yest. morning.||too high to wade|
|East Branch||nymphs, streamers, midges||416||33.6||wadeable|
|West Branch||nymphs, streamers, midges||543||36.0||wadeable & floatable|
|Willowemoc||midges, nymphs, streamers||557||33.5 yest. a.m.||somewhat high|
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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 17th year in Roscoe-hard as that is to believe-our 18th year is quickly approaching. 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 7 a.m. on this Saturday morning, Nov. 30th. Weather has been cool all week and will be continuing to remain that way all week. The rain of last week brought all the rivers up and they are now in great shape for the winter. There are still some midges emerging in the afternoons but air temps in the 40's with some sun is a must. Streamers can be very effective for the larger fish. There is an old saying that says when the swamps are full-winter can come. Well---the swamps are full.
The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are clear and high. Yesterday's early morning stream temp was 34. After today, effective Dec. 1st, only the no-kill stretches are open to fishing. Streamers and nymphs fished slow will be most productive. The West Branch release information is no longer available for this year.. It is both wadeable and floatable. Streamers can be very effective. This river, above the Gamelands, closed Oct. 15th. The Main Stem is too high to wade but can be floated. A streamer to match water conditions may be a good choice. When fishing nymphs, getting to the bottom is important. How you manage that is more important than the nymph selected. Nymph fishing the riffles has been effective. The East Branch is clear and wadeable and in good shape. Keep in mind that fishing is only allowed below Shinnople after Oct. 15th. Streamers and terrestrials have been productive. Nymphs and streamers have been effective in the lower sections below East Branch. The Neversink is now closed for fishing as of Oct. 15th. The Esopus remains open only until Nov. 30th-today. It is closed starting tomorrow, Dec. 1st. For your information, according to the Times Herald Record, a deal has been struck with NYC DEP to clean up water releases. It has also committed itself to stream restoration. It will be interesting to see if NYC fulfills it responsibility to the river.
It is really winter now-or at least it feels like it. If anyone attemps fishing, dress very warmly. Crowds are gone and you can have a pool or riffle to yourself. . Olives can be on the water in December, weather permitting. Don't forget that a new fishing license was required effective Oct. 1st.
***** 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 cold and 31 Tonight mostly cloudy with a low of 24. Tomorrow, Sunday, variably cloudy with a high of 39.
The gage height on the Beaverkill is 3.54 and was 3.96 at noon yesterday. The flow was 1200 at noon yesterday while the norm for that date was 550 cfs. Flows were well above the norm for that date.
Looking ahead- Temps will remain in the 30's on a good day and nights are even colder.
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-65.0%, Pepacton 72.9%,Neversink 79.3%- Ashokan 75.4%, Schoharie 62.9%, Croton 89.7%, Roundout 94.2%. Combined storage was 76.8% as of Nov. 20th. For this date reservoirs are usually at 70.1% of capacity. We are ahead by 6.7 % for this date..
Update- We are into winter. Thanksgiving in over and Christmas is less than 4weeks away. Trees are bare and the ground is covered with snow. Nights are cold and everyone is either burning wood or turning on their heat source. Our wood is stacked in the shed and more is stacked under a tarp. Dogs are done hunting for the season-they each had a bath. They were all in board for the holiday and are happy to be back home with us to say nothing of comfortble beds and real food. Libby has an infection and is on anti-biotics. They both had a good hunting season. Hopefully we all will have a good winter.**** 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
We are now into the 2013 fishing season and you will find our fourteenth fly of the season.
Fly Shopping on 5/18/13.
Bead Head Red/Black Bugger
This is a good pattern for trout and works well for steelhead. I usually fish this fly with movement.
- Hook-#6-4X long
- Tail- red and black marabou
- Body-black crystal chenille
- hackle-mixed red and black & red rubber legs
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!