Thursday, Oct 19th 2017 - This is our first weekly report. Today is Thursday, Oct, 19th. After today, October 19th, fishing reports will be available once a week on Thursdays unless there are a change in conditions. The past week has been more springlike than fall-like. The warmth is continuing. This mornings air temp is 43 degrees with clear skies. River conditions remain the same- they remain lower than normal and need rain badly. This has been a dry fall so far. Hatches have been mainly olives with a few Caddis. Small nymphs have been productive as well as terrestrials. Leaves are now showing their beautiful fall colors-lots of reds, oranges and yellows but they are falling. Bug activity had been late afternoon. Hatches have been better on the cloudy days. Reservoir releases have been reduced as the reservoirs start winter storage. Soft hackles have worked well at this time.. The tailwaters remain fishable with decent water temps. Terrestrials have also been effective. Olives are on the water almost every day. Spinners can be important but are hard to predict. Nymph fishing has been productive and Caddis imitations have been most effective. Terrestrials are always a good choice as well as small nymphs. We have seen the end of the summer hatches and are seeing fall bugs. On sunny days hatches tend to be sparse-cloudy days have the better hatches.
Wanted-A DOG TO ADOPT-NOT A PUPPY-WEIGHT UP T0 35 POUNDS. DOESN'T NEED ANY SKILLS EXCEPT TO BE LOVEABLE. iT WILL HAVE A GREAT LIFE. jUST HAS TO GET ALONG WITH our OTHER DOGS-they are both english setters and sweet as can be. CALL THE SHOP AT 607-498-6146 IF YOU KNOW OF ANY DOG NEEDING A GOOD HOME.
ROD SALE-All G2 rods are now on sale. They were $745, now $450. These are top of the line medium action Scott Rods. 1. 9' 5 weight rod 2. 8' 4 inch 4 weight rod. There are no additional quantities.
Lost- rod on 9/7/17 on the upper Beaverkill. If found please contact us or stop in the shop so it can be returned io it's owner.
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 over-it went far too fast!! The dogwood tree had lots of flowers but all the flowers have died and dropped off. It had lots of red berries on it but even those have dropped off due to the lack of rain.
A better picture of the flowers on the Dogwood tree-there were tons of flowers this year.
Need to re-stain the deck-the winter is very hard on it. It will have to wait til spring now that leaves are falling.
The fly of the week (a Baby Brown Trout) is posted below.
This will be our 26th 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. 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 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.
Joe's customer Bob, from the Boston area, took this nice BK rainbow on a Tan Caddis pupa on 9/13/17.
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 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, Oct. 19th 2017 at 6:00 a.m.
|Beaverkill||caddis,nymphs,, Olives, streamers||84||50.0||low but fishable|
||Olives, Caddis, nymphs & streamers||1310||55.2||floatable|
|East Branch-Harvard||Olives, Caddis, nymphs & streamers||71||49.0||wadeable|
|Esopus||Olives, Caddis, nymphs & streamers||290||55.0||wadeable|
|Neversink||Olives Caddis, nymphs & streamers||70||49.8||wadeable|
|West Branch||Olives, Caddis, Nymphs & streamers||1100||56.6||floatable|
|Willowemoc||same as BK||60||
|fishable but low|
It's fall! . Golden rod is blooming like crazy which probably means a heck of a hayfever season. Leaves are turning colors and if you look on the hillsides you can see a variety of colors-but leaves are falling quickly. Our driveway is filled with dried, fallen leaves. Dennis is blowing the leaves off the deck every ouple of days. It was a cool and wet spring which led to a good spring on the rivers which meant good fishing. The summer, all in all, was decent for fishing. The fish haven't gone through much stress (if any) from high water temps. We finally got some much needed rain but rivers remain quite low for this time of year. Summer is over. but air temps are still warmer than normal. Rivers remain lower than usual. Under the recent conditions hatches had been thinner and harder to predict.. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc- both rivers are very low and clear. There are mostly olives in the late afternoon. They are on the water in decent numbers on cloudy days. There are a few Caddis in the afternoon as well as some midges early in the day. Terrestrials or small nymphs are a good choice. The East Branch -above Shinhopple is closed. Hatches are spotty and late in the day. Bugs are a mix of Olives and Caddis late day-not too much of any one bug.. Due to the low flow there had been some very selective fish, Small nymphs fished in the film have been effective. Terrestrials like a cricket are still a good choice on this stream. Midges can be important and often mix with Olives. Nymph fishing can be productive. The West Branch- is floatable. it remains high and has some color. Streamers would be a good choice. The New York section of this river closed today, The up and down water releases have not been a help. There are mostly Olives. They are mostly scattered and close to dark. Small Streamers are a good choice under the current conditions-moreso than the large ones. The slop can be a problem in the upper reaches. Hatch intensity can change from day to day.. The Esopus - has some decent nymph fishing. those looking for spawners should concentrate on the deeper slots, much like steelhead. At this time of year some spawning fish may have moved out of the reservoir. The Neversink is closed and reopens on April 1st. The Main stem.is in decent shape. It has Olives most days but moreso on cloudy days.
At this time of year trout can be a little more open minded. Streamers can be effective even in low water. Terrestrials are now an important food source. Be open minded yourself-just because there are no hatches going on doesn't mean the fish aren't eating.
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-10/19-now clear and 43. Today mainly clear and pleasant-67. Tonight clear to partly cloudy and 44. Tomorrow, Friday clear and nice and 65. Saturday mainly clear and warm-72. Sunday partly cloudy and warm and 68. Mon day partly cloudy and mild-68. RESERVOIR INFORMATION - Cannonsville-61.5%, Schoharie 43.8% Pepacton 79.3% ,Neversink 84.8%, Ashokan 77.0%, Roundout 77.4%, Croton 94.8% of capacity. As of 10/4/17 combined storage is 79.0% of capacity while the norm is 70.0%. We are +9% above normal.
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FLY OF THE WEEK
This is the twentieth fly of the 2017 fishing season. This is our Baby Brown Trout... i
- Hook- Wapsi 5N3-#6-8
- Body-yellow floss
- Thread- White for body black at head
- Tail-orange calf tail
- Under belly-orange calf tail
-Wing-brown on top of yellow marabou
NOTE-The fly with thread finish with black at head. The light colored thread keeps the yellow body bright.
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.