Saturday April 21st, 2018 6:25 a.m. It is now 28 degrees but the sun is once again shining brightly. Yesterday was a cool and windy day one definitely needed a warm jacket. We are in for a string of sunny days with gradually warming air temps. It's about time!!!! River flows are dropping slowly and we should have some fishable water starting tomorrow (Sunday). There is some limited wading today. Surface activity has been limited due to weather conditions. The East Branch and Neverink will drop quickly when water stops spilling over the top of their dams.
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 2018 including Galvin reels. The store is fully stocked and ready for the season. We will continue to offer you the best products we can find-we think you deserve them !
SIMMS SALE-A FEW ITEMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE-1. G3 GUIDE WADING BOOTS-WERE $229.95 NOW $137.99 THESE TOP OF THE LINE BOOTs HAVE GREAT ANKLE SUPPORT AND ARE AVAILABLE IN #10,#11, AND SIZE 14. 2)GUIDE VEST SIZES SMALL & MED. ONLY WAS $179.95 NOW $107.95-24 POCKETS AND 100% NYLON.
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. Reservations are now being taken for spring 2018.
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. We are waiting for all the snow to melt before we can start workng on the lawn, Believe it or not, we till have a snow pile left on the driveway. It shoud be gone by later today or tomorrow.
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 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.
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.
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-line.Stream Conditions Saturday, April 21st 2018 at 6:50 a.m.
|Beaverkill||,nymphs,, streamers, olives, stoneflies||960||36.4||very limited wading|
||olives, stoneflies||6030||37.5||floatable only|
|East Branch-Harvard||-Olives, stoneflies||1580||37,5||unwadeable-Olives|
|West Branch||Olives, stoneflies,Caddis, Nymphs & streamers||2670||floatable only|
|Willowemoc||same as BK||576||
THE SUN IS SHINING AGAIN THIS MORNING. All rivers are slowly receding and wading will improve as they drop. and temps rise. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- Both rivers are clear but wading is a better option on the Willowemoc. There were some midges, olives and stoneflies in the afternoon . The East Branch - is high and unwadeable. Warm and sunny days usually bring out the midges and the stone flies.. It had some Olive activity in the afternoon as well as a few Blue Quills. The West Branch- is floatable and clear. A streamer would be a good choice. In general streamer fishing has produced some fish. White streamers have produced but other colors can be effective.. The high water has limited surface feeding but some fish are on top. The Esopus is somewhat high and has some wading Try the tribs for spawning rainbows. The portal is closed.. The Neversink is too high to wade but should be fishable shortly. This river usually has spring hatches about a week earlier than other rivers. There are some reports of some fish being caught on streamers and nymphs. There are some afternoon olive hatches.The Main stem.is high but floatable.
Fishing this weekend will be with mostly streamers and nymphs but as flows continue to drop and water temps improve we should see some surface activity..
When nymph fishing, fish the shallow reaches for better success. Water under 2 or 3 feet is enough. One needs to use enough weight to drag the bottom. If you are not losing flies you won't be 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 daily from 8:30 to 5.WEATHER- It is now 28 degrees. Today will be sunny and 49. Sunday mostly sunny and 52. Monday mostly sunny and 57.. Tuesday mostly cloudy and 54. Wednesday rain and 51. RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Cannonsville-100.2%, Schoharie 90.1% Pepacton 98.9% ,Neversink 97.3%, Ashokan 93.3%, Roundout 97.1%, Croton 99.5% of capacity. As of 4/13/18 combined storage is 97.4% of capacity while the norm is 97.9%. We are -.5% below normal.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the seventh fly of the 2018 fishing season. This is our Hendrickson Nymph..
The Hendrickson is an important early season fly. It usually emerges when water temps hit the lower 50's.
-Body- grayish brown 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.