Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 -It is now Sunday morning, July 23rd at 6:00 a.m. Yesterday was another mostly warm and partly sunny day-the fourth day of a heat wave. There were a few rumbles of thunder last night but no real rain other than a sprinkle. It did cool off last night and it is much cooler this morning. The heat wave is over. Today will be not be as hot but still remains warm and humid and cloudy. It should be a good fishing day. The freestones remain low and warm and should not be fished. The tailwaters are in good shape. Summer hatches are not easy to predict but Sulphurs and a cloudy day combine to mean Olives are an important hatch. At times, Cahills and Isonychias can be important. Terrestrial patterns belong in every flyfishers box as they make up a large percentage of food sources during the summer.
At customers request, we are posting the cost of guide trips. A full day wade trip for one or two fly fishers is $335-a third person is an additional $80. A half day guide trip for one or two fly fishers is $225 and a third person is an additional $60. Float trips are $405.
Summer is here!!! The dogwood tree had lots of flowers but they are now bare.
A better picture of the flowers on the Dogwood tree-there were tons of flowers this year.
All the spring bulbs are finished blooming. Now the lillies are in bloom. Take a breath of the air-you can still smell the perfume from all the flowers. Need to re-stain the deck-the winter is very hard on it.
The fly of the week (Olive Snowshoe Emerger) is posted below.
This will be our 25th year of bringing you the best of product lines, the most up-to-date stream information and the input of guides and staff with lots of experience on the water as well as tying tips and patterns. We work hard at sharing only the TRUTH. The store is stocked with products-both old favorites and new.
The morning of flyfest-sunny & beautiful.
A group of attendees at Flyfest.
Our English Setter puppy is now full grown. She weighs about 50 pounds and is already taller than Connie-our older setter. She continues to be a handfull. She has so much energy that it puts all of us, and our other pet, to shame. Puppies are lucky they survive to adulthood. She loves any kind of tying material be it deer hair or hackle. She seems to quarter naturally. She never walks-just runs.
The picture on the left is Maggy at 4 months old. On the right is a picture we took last month when she was 11 months old. She still has that puppy look. One look at her and you can see she is a setter.-and not an innocent one. She never walks-just runs.
Mike took this nice fish on the Beaverkill on May 5, 2017, Nice!!!!!
There are 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. We will try to do some more this year.
Here are images of fish taken in 2017. Joe's customer took this fish on 5/11/17 on the Beaverkill.
- David Allen with a nice Beaverkill Trout during the last week.
Chet took this beauty on the Beaverkill on 5/18/17.
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 (that can't be said for many brands) and are a joy to both cast and fish. The fiberglass rods are proving very popular.
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. Simms also made some changes to the Headwater wader, making them an even better buy. Other waders remain unchanged. As most of you know, there is no better waders than those made by Simms. They are consistantly rated #1 by consumers and by experts.
It is hard to believe that we've been around for 24+ years -trying to serve our customers to the best of our ability. Reports are honest without exaggeration-we see no point in lying to our customers who put a great deal of faith into our reports and we want them to enjoy their fishing days and get the best possible outcome.
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.
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.
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 Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis,Isonychias, Sulphurs, Light Cahills, Olives, spinners||160||68.5||too warm to fish|
|East Branch-Harvard||same as BK||203||59.0||wadeable|
|Neversink||same as BK but no large Olives||152||64.4||wadeable|
|West Branch||same as BK||481||50.2||wadeable|
|Willowemoc||same as BK||100||
|too warm to fish|
We are now in summer. It was a cool and wet spring which led to a good spring on the river which meant good fishing. The summer had been decent for fishing as a result of river levels and temps, but that changed once the jot weather took hold.. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- both rivers are now low and warm, making for poor fishing conditions. Fishing should not be done on these streams. Water temps quickly rise by afternoon. Fishing should be confined to early mornings, if at all. The Horton section of the Beaverkill closed July 1st to fishing. The East Branch -has an easy wading level but normal for this time of year. Tricos hve been spotty. Sulphurs, Olives and midges are important. Nymphs can be very effective along with ants and beetles. The West Branch- is at an decent fishing level and flows have remained fairly stable. There is some slop in the upper reaches making for dry fly fishing only. with mostly Sulpjurs and Olives. It has fished decently this summer but the fish are very selective. Sulphurs are a major summer hatch generally early in the afternoon. These hatches get later as the season progresses. Olives are important moreso on cloudy days. The Esopus is low. Hatches tend to be sparser on this river but it is a good nymph river.. On cloudy days the Olives can hatch in decent numbers.Nymph fishing can be good on this river. The Neversink is fishable. and is at a normal summer level. It has decent water temps to about Bridgeville. Hatches tend to be late in the afternoon on this river with mostly small Olives, some Caddis and a few Sulphurs. Terrestrials and small nymphs can be important. The Main Stem- -is at a good fishing level but warms quickly below Buckingham where the river is too warm to fish. Hatches are spotty and close to dark with mostly Sulphurs, Spinners and some Olives. Hatches are closer to dark on this river.
As we get into summer, longer leaders and small flies are the rule. Summer hatches are not as consistent as spring hatches Be prepared to fish small nymphs and terrestrials. A beetle or an ant fished along a shady bank can be very effective. Terrestrials should be in everyone's fly box. We are seeing the morning Olive hatches. Patterns in the 14-16 size range are effective.
1Young Caroline with her 16" prize at Hazel Bridge. She is obviously happy!
David from Westchester with his BK Brown while out with Joe.
Frankie with a beautiful Willowemoc fish on May 19, 2017.
Gary had a great time on the Willow taking this 18" brown on a #16 Rusty spinner on 5/20/17.
.Ken's brown on the East Branch on 5/20/17 taken on a DS Emerger.
Joe's customer, 14 year old Chris, with his Willowemoc prize taken on Sunday, June 6/22/17
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-please do it again this year. START SENDING THEM-OUR NEW COMPUTER IS UP AND RUNNING AND WE ARE READY TO POST 2017 PICS.. Do not send them via facebook-just send them directly to us. Every year we are surprised by the size of some of the fish caught. We post them as quickly as we can. Just send them.. 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. 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 24th 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. In some cases you can print out your license.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. Roscoe has only one place to get a license which will make the process more difficult. if you don't get it in advance.
STORE HOURS= Daily-8 - 5.WEATHER-7/23-mostly cloudy and 63. Today, partly sunny and humid and 78. Tonight rain with a t-storm and 63. Tomorrow. Monday cooler with occasional rain and 70. Tuesday mostly cloudy with an a.m. shower and 69. Wednesday turning cloudy and 74. Thursday mostly cloudy with a t-storm and 74.. RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Cannonsville-91.6%, Schoharie 89.8% Pepacton 95.3% ,Neversink 94.9%, Ashokan 94.9%, Roundout 97.8%, Croton 97.2% of capacity. As of 7/20/17 combined storage is 94.9% of capacity while the norm is 89.9%. We are +5.1% above normal.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the sixteenth fly of the 2017 fishing season. This is our Olive Snowshoe Emerger.
- Hook- Wapsi DF1-#18-#20
- Wing-Grey Snowshoe
- Shuck-Brown z-lon
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 first and foremost.