Sunset on the Willowemoc
Monday, February 14,2019
IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE INFORM YOU THAT OUR FOUNDER AND DEAR FRIEND, DENNIS SKARKA, PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY AND UNEXPECTEDLY ON FEBRUARY 4, 2019. DENNIS FOUNDED CATSKILL FLIES 22 YEARS AGO. HE WAS A FELLOW ANGLER, AUTHOR, INNOVATIVE FLY TYER AND ENTHUSIASTIC FRIEND AND SUPPORTER OF THE FLY FISHNG COMMUNITY. HE TRULY LOVED EVERY MINUTE IN HIS STORE AND ALL THAT IT REPRESENTED. HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED.
IN HONOR OF DENNIS' LEGACY WE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 16TH. ELLEN, JOE, FRED. RIZ AND ANDRE ARE ALL COMMITTED TO KEEP CATSKILL FLIES ALIVE AND RELEVANT TO THE FLYFISHING MECCA CALLED ROSCOE. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL TAKE,PLACE SOMETIME IN EARLY APRIL. WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED. .Opening Day is now less thn two weeks away. Spring will be here in two days according to the calendar and the robins which are now visible on the lawn. Customers, both old and new are slowly migrating back to Roscoe and it's great to see them. Rivers are in good shape and at a good level. It seems that for a change we might get through the Hendrickson season. e sixth of weekly reports which are now done every Thursday. This week Thanksgiving was Thursday. We hope each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday with family and/or friends. Bet most of you are still eating left overs. This will be the last redport of the season. However, we will lso do reports on the river from time to time and we will include a fly to tie at the request of some customers. These will be flies that I have had good luck with. Remember some parts of some rivers are closed for the season and the Neversink is closed in it's entirety now for the season. Make sure to check before heading out-there are a lot of exceptions. Weather has turned much colder and it looks and feels like winter -it is winter. A winter coat is needed-as welllr as hat and gloves.. iT is now 17 degrees and today we will have a high of 20. The weekend is expected to be cold and cloudy with a snowstorm. Trees are bare and everything is snow covered. rivers are higher than normal for this time of year. It's been a year of high water which has been good for the fish. The tailwaters are better floated as levels are still high from the rains and releases, Hatches are in the afternoons and are fairly dependable.
ALL COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR PRODUCTS ON SALE-DEEP DISCOUNTS. LOOK FOR UNADVERTISED SPECIALS-INCLUDES FISHING SHIRTS.
GET YOUR FISHING LICENSE BEFORE COMING TO FISH. THEY ARE HARD TO COME BY locally. THE ONLY STORE IN TOWN THAT SELLS THEM DOES NOT OPEN UNTIL MID MORNING.
Get ready for some great new product lines in 2019. We will continue to offer you the best products we can find-we think you deserve them ! We also carry acqaz waders and the reviews have been positive. They are moderately priced.
At customers request, we are posting the cost of guide trips. A full day wade trip for one or two fly fishers is $395-a third person is an additional $80. A half day guide trip for one or two fly fishers is $295 and a third person is an additional $60. Float trips are $425. Reservations are now being taken for spring 2019.
Here's a picture of Jeremy on the West Branch taken April 2, 2018--really beautiful fish!
The tree that fell during one of the winter storms has been removed.
This will be our 20th 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 60 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. She located some birds yesterday-she is going to be pretty darn good at it.
The picture on the left is Maggy at 4 months old. On the right is a picture of how she looks now. 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.
Frank took this beauty on the West Branch on 4/'14/18. He took a hint from the shop as to what to take him on..
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 2018. Larry took this beauty on 4/24/18 on the Willow-it was his first fish of the season.
Frankie witn his Beaverkill prize on 5/11/18.
- David Allen with a nice Beaverkill Trout during the last week.
Bill on the BK while guided by Joe on 9/17/7.
FLIES-Again this year we had some new patterns that caused 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 are no better waders than those made by Simms. They are consistantly rated #1 by consumers and by experts. We are also carrying Aquaz waders-priced well and will do the job.
It is hard to believe that we've been around for 20+ 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.
SIMMS SALE PRODUCTS,,,,,,,,,,
1. All Simms Fall Run Jackets in stock-40% off.,
2. Fall run vests-40% off. If you need wading boots, this is the time to order them 3. Rivertek boots-were $199.95 now at 40% off or $119.00.
4. Simms Headwater boots-were $179.95 now $107.00.
5. Freestone Pants-were $229.95 now $149.00 Check with us for size availability.
We will continue using TWITTER in 2018 for those of you who utilize this source of information. The coming year will be our 21st year of giving ACCURATE daily stream information on-Stream Conditions today, Saturday Nov. 24th 2018 at 7 am.
|River||Flies||Water Temps||Today's CFS||flies|
|Beaverkill||Caddis, Isos, Olives||32||535||-|
||olives, Isos, Caddis||36.2||3960||high|
|East Branch-Downsville||-Olives, Caddis, Isos||38.8||835||too high|
|Esopus||olives, Caddis, Isos||34.7||521||unwadeable|
|Neversink||olives, Caddis, Isos,||closed||closed|
||Olives, Isos, Caddis, Nymphs & streamers||43.2||1690||floatable only|
|Willowemoc||Caddis, Olives, isos||32||321||only some sections open|
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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 COMPUTER IS UP AND RUNNING AND WE ARE READY TO POST 2018 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 20th 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. Please, 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=We are now open Friday, Sat. and Sundays from 8:30 to 5.WEATHER- So far this winter it has been dry with little snow. The rivers were in good shape for spawning this fall. Some skim ice has started to form as night time air temps have been in the teens. We will do reports and fly patterns frm time to tiime all winter long. Have a great Christmas..RESERVOIR INFOrMATION - (% of capacity)Cannonsville-92.9%, Schoharie 91.2% Pepacton 96.1% ,Neversink 100.3%, Ashokan 95.9%, Roundout 95.5%, Croton 99.4% of capacity. As of 10/24/18 combined storage is 92.3% of capacity while the norm is 75.7%. We are ahead by 16.6%.
**** 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
Isonychia Dry Fly
This bug hatches on late May and is a favorite of the trout, especially rainbows.
Hook - Wapsi DF! 10-12
wing- black Hcckle Tips
body Greyish Claret Fur
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.un