The official start to fall is roughly one month away. Late summer is slowly giving way to fall as trees begin to show slight changes in color from their normal verdant green. While the Southern Tier did have a front pass on Thursday of last week, the locally heavy rain that was dropped didn’t impact too many waters for too long. Continued dry weather and ground is allowing all waters to drop back to summertime low flows. More dry weather will further drop flows but cooler temps at night in the week ahead will help keep water temps down.
Here’s what you can expect for fishing in the week ahead:
- Catskill River Trout: All of the Catskill rivers, even the freestones, are in decent shape thanks to the rains late this week. The West Branch of the Delaware River continues to flow at a very wadeable and fishable 550 CFS. Green moss is being reported, which can be annoying to fish through. Remember to check flies regularly and clean them of any moss. The upper East Branch is also flowing well with good water temps, The Willowemoc and Beaverkill are also in good shape but anglers should still keep an eye on water temps, especially if fishing in the afternoon. Hatches of caddis, BWO’s, sulphurs, light cahills, and Iso’s continue to be what’s on right now, along with the terrestrials – ants, beetles, and hoppers.
- Great Lakes Tribs: Still nothing of significance to report on the salmon run. A few Kings have been spotted making their way up the Salmon River but with warm temps and low flows, it will be a while until salmon start staging and moving into the lower river. Regardless of the lack of a report, it’s a good time to get salmon / steelhead gear tuned up and ready to go.
- Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks are getting very skinny lately. Longer leaders and stealth will be needed to fish successfully. Nymphs, dry flies, and terrestrials will be the key fly types to use. Remember to fish the early hours and avoid stressing the trout.
- Warmwater Rivers: All of the local rivers are in perfect wading and fly fishing condition. Flows for most of the rivers got a bump due to Thursday’s rains, but are still at easy wading and fishing levels. Fishing continues to be mixed with some anglers reporting decent results while others have not seen much action. The white fly hatch is now all but over on most areas of the rivers.
Upcoming fly fishing events are as follows:
- Fall will see a resurgence in fly fishing events and one to keep on the calendar is the 4th Annual TROTOBERFEST event. This two day event will be held over Columbus Day Weekend (October 10th – 11th) and will feature a number of fly tyers, presentations, classes, and FREE FOOD! There should be something for everyone, from the experienced fly fisher to the complete novice. TROUTOBERFEST has been getting bigger and better every year. Contact the Beaverkill Angler at 607-498-5194 for more information.
- The Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapter of IFFF is proud to announce their first overnight expedition. They will be hosting a fantastic weekend fishing trip from September 18th through 20th at the Catskills Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor. Participants will be fishing the Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers while staying at the Museum. A fly tying fair will be going on at the Museum Center as well. This is a very special trip open to TTFR club members, guests, and visitors interested in the chapter. This trip is limited to 11 spots and it is expected to fill up quickly. Contact Matt Collins, trip organizer, at 607-684-4179 or at email@example.com, if interested.
- A&G Outfitters of Dickson City is looking for volunteers. Every year during the Trout Unlimited national convention there is a day for the attendees of the convention to go out and fish some of the local waters. A&G is trying to line up volunteers to be hosts for the day. Duties as a host will be to simply take 2 guests to the river they’ve chosen and then bring them back. Each host will receive a $50 stipend for gas and be allowed to fish! Hosts are NOT guides and will not be asked to tie on flies or stand behind guests while they are fishing. Most guests will know how to fish, anyhow. Lunches for the host and two anglers will be provided by TU. Hosts will meet at the Hilton in Scranton at 7:30 am and return to the hotel later that afternoon. The selected streams for this event are the Lackawanna River, Lackawaxen River, Delaware River, Lehigh River, Brodhead Creek, and the multitude of small brookie water. Anglers interested in being a host should call A&G Outfitters at 570-499-2643 and should provide info on the 3 streams they are most familiar with. This is an opportunity for local anglers to show the country how great the fly fishing is in the Southern Tier of NY and the Northern Tier of PA.
The week ahead will be generally dry and summer-like, although night-time lows will be on the cools side. Day-time highs will barely crack 80 while mid-week, lows at night will hover around the 50 degree mark. The only significant chance for rain will be Monday when afternoon thunderstorms will be a possibility. At this time of year it is ALWAYS important to watch for thunderstorms and get off the water if thunder is heard and remember to cover up from the sun by wearing SPF-rated clothing and by using sun-screen.