Thursday, July 20th, 2017 -It is now Thursday morning, July 20th at 6:00 a.m. Yesterday was a sunny, warm day . Today will be hot and humid once again and this can mean early and late day fog on the tailwaters. The freestones are now too warm to fish hitting the mid 70's in the afternoon. should not be done under these conditions. The tailwater have some Olives, Sulphurs and sporadic Caddis and Isonychias. The freestones are warm and low making for poor conditions. A long leader and good presentation are important for success wherever you fish.
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 (Blue Wing Olive Cripple) 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 Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis,Isonychias, Sulphurs, Light Cahills, Olives, spinners||202||70.0||too warm to fish|
|East Branch-Harvard||same as BK||229||62.0||wadeable|
|Neversink||same as BK but no large Olives||147||66.4||wadeable|
|West Branch||same as BK||670||49.8||wadeable|
|Willowemoc||same as BK||121||
|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 with the warmer weather. 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. There are some morning Tricos. Sulphurs have been spotty the last couple of days, There are also some Olives and a few Cahills. Small nymphs and terrestrials are good choices. Ants fished along the banks can be effective.The West Branch- is at an decent fishing level. It has seen a slight6 increase in release. The Sulphur hatch of the last couple of days has been thin probably due to th bright sunny weather. It has fished decently this summer but the fish are very selective. Sulphurs have been on the water in the afternoon as well as Olives and a few Isonychias. At times there are some decent Isonychias and Olives hatches. Slop can be a problem for the nymph fisher and will probably remain so throughout the summer. The Esopus is at a decent fishing level and is in decent shape. The release is 700 cfs from the portal. This river has cleared somewhat. 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 but low. It has decent water temps to about Bridgeville. Olives are present close to dark. There are a few tricos in the a.m. Hatches are midges, Olives and a few Light Cahills. The gorge is now too warm to fish. Small soft hackles are good nymph choices. The Main Stem- -starts to warm below Buckingham. Hatches are closer to dark on this river with mostly small Olives, Sulpurs and spinners. The river is now easily wadeable.
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. Check rise forms often and be prepared to change flies often. At this time of year having the correct size is only half the battle. Knowing the stage of the insect the fish is feeding on is a real challenge. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description. Help make this the best year ever.
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STORE HOURS= Daily-8 - 5.WEATHER-7/20-cloudy and sun and 65. Today, mostly sunny and humid and 85. Tonight a drenching t-storm early and 65. Tomorrow, Friday partly sunny and pleasant and 80. Saturday mostly cloudy with a t-storm and 76. Sunday a couple of t-storms and 76. Monday a couple of t-storms and 77. RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Cannonsville-93.0%, Schoharie 95.4% Pepacton 96.8% ,Neversink 97.4%, Ashokan 96.0%, Roundout 96.6%, Croton 96.5% of capacity. As of 7/10/17 combined storage is 95.9% of capacity while the norm is 91.8%. We are +4.1% above normal.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the sixteenth fly of the 2017 fishing season. This is our blue Wing Olive Cripple.
- Hook- Wapsi DF1-#18-#22
- Body-brown turkey biot
- Tail-Wood Duck
- 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.