-July 26th, 2016 We are now in the heart of summer and it has been very hot and muggy so far this summer. Yesterday strong t-storms continued into the evening. 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 26th, 2016. Right now it is 6:00 a.m. on this Tuesday morning with an air temp of 64 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Yesterday, Monday, was a very muggy day with some strong t-storms. Today we will see the sun once again after early morning fog. We remain in a warm weather and water temps need to be watched. Today will be cooler than the last few days. While the rainfall was a help to the freestones, more rain and cooler air temps are what is needed. We are expecting more seasonable air temps by the end of the week. In general conditions remain largely unchanged with warm low water on the freestones which has effectively shut them down except for early morning fishing. The tailwaters are mostly in decent shape with summer hatches of Sulphurs, Olives or Isoncyhias. Despite the rather warm conditions, the tailwaters continue to provide the most consistent fishing with some decent summer hatches. 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-Tuesday-July 26th, 2016 6:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||-||215||-||early a.m. fishing only.|
||Caddis, spinners, small Olives, Sulphurs, Isos, beetles & ants||1560||
|East Branch||same as above||185||59.5||wadeable|
|Esopus||same as above||276||66.9||wadeable|
|Neversink||Caddis, spinners, small Olives||260||63.5||wadeable|
|West Branch||Sulphurs, terrestrials, Olives, Caddis||601||50.0||floatable|
|Willowemoc||-||130||-||early a.m. only|
Fishing Conditions- With the warm and humid weather, the freestones have gotten quite warm and low. Yesterdays storms helped but not enough to turn the rivers around. They are best left unfished after the early morning. Tailwaters remain in decent shape for July with Sulphurs, some scattered Isonychias and spinners. 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 after early fog the sun will shine and it will warm to 81. Olives and Isonychias 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 it is summer.
Bridal wreath is blooming on the hillsides. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are still in poor condition and fishing should not be practiced after early morning. Then water temps rise. AS OF JULY 1ST THE HORTON SECTION OF THE BEAVERKILL IS CLOSED FOR FISHING-it serves as a thermal refuge. The flow was 150 cfs yesterday at noon while 150 is normal. The gage depth is 1.78. The East Branch is up a little but fishable. It has fished consistently this season. Hatches are generally more scattered than on the West with small Olives, midges and some Sulphurs. Isos have been very spotty on this river this summer but terrestrials are a good choice. Water temps are fine above East Branch but below East Branch it gets warm. The West Branch - is wadeable. It also is floatable - the release has been decreased back to 600 cfs. It has had some fairly dependable hatches. The increase in flow yesterday helped with the "weeds" in the upper section. The upper reaches have become very popular with both wade and float anglers. Those looking for fewer anglers should try the lower reaches. There are less bugs but a greater variety of both Sulphurs along with Olives and Isonychias-a favorite of fish. Some Light Cahills are also around but the trout seen to ignore them most of the time. 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 Neversink - This river is at a higher than normal summer flow after the storms. It is fishable above Bridgeville with decent water temps. Below Bridgeville it gets too warm. Most surface activity is late day. Summer hatches are not so dependable on this river but small Olives are usually present close to dark. Generally there are some Caddis, scattered small Olives and midges. 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 up a little and cooler due to the increased Cannonsville release as well as the rain. This should be a big help. Water temps below Buckingham remain too warm to fish. There are some small Olives and spinners in the morning while small nymphs have been effective. Hatches are early and late with small Olives, some spinners and scattered Light Cahills. Small nymphs such as pheasant tails fished in the riffles have been effective.
Summer fishing can be challenging and rising fish can be hard to predict. Terrestrials and some small nymphs can be very effective during these non-hatch situations. During the summer season, the well stocked flybox should contain terrestrials, Sulphurs and Olives. In general conditions are about normal for mid July.
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.
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STORE HOURS-Daily from April 1st from 8-5.WEATHER-7/26/16- sun after the fog burns off with a high of 81. Tonight clear and 57. Tomorrow, Wednesday mostly sunny and warm with a high of 85. Thursday partly sunny and 85. Friday periods of sun and clouds and only 78. YEA! Saturday a couple of showers and t-storms and 79.
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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!