The Southern tier appeared to be drying out a bit, finally. Flows were dropping to excellent levels on the warmwater rivers. But weekend rains, including a front that passed through the area, put a blip in most USGS water gages. are currently flowing very nicely. The West Branch of the Delaware continues to flow at un-wadeable levels.
Here’s what you can expect for fishing in the week ahead:
Catskill River Trout: The Cannonsville Reservoir dam leak issue continues to impact West Branch flows. The river is flowing consistently above safe wading levels, but for boaters, the flows are great and of course, great for the trout. The Willowemoc and Beaverkill are flowing high and discolored right now thanks to the weekend rains but are coming down and clearing. There has been a reduction in the release from the Pepacton Reservoir (East Branch Delaware). Hatches of caddis, BWO’s, sulphurs, and Iso’s continue to be what’s on right now. Don’t forget the terrestrials.
Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks are mixed. Check USGS water gage charts where you can as depending on the watershed, some are high and off color right now. The Nanticoke, for example, was flowing high and dirty as of Monday morning, whereas the Owego Creek was running somewhat low and clear. Flies will range from streamers where the water is higher or off color, to nymphs, dries, and terrestrials where the water is “summer-like”.
Warmwater Rivers: Most of the warmwater rivers were flowing at excellent wading levels, until the weekend’s rains changed things. Following is a summary:
- Tioughnioga – the Tioughnioga at Whitney Point was in perfect wading and fishing condition until today’s rains. It may take a few days for elevated flows to drop and clarity to improve.
- Chenango – the Chenango had dropped to 1000 CFS – perfect wading conditions, until Sunday’s rains. Flows are now up to 2000 CFS and will need time to drop back to wadeable levels. I’d start re-looking at fishing this river at 1500 CFS and below, but 1000 is optimal.
- Chemung – the Chemung had dropped down to 750 CFS – an excellent wading flow. As a result of weekend rain, the flow is up 800 CFS and depending on how the rains hit the Chemung River watershed, flows could increase.
- Upper Susquehanna – the river at Windsor is flowing nicely and at 1500 CFS, wading and fishing will be good. The river should continue to drop and will be better as it nears 1000 CFS.
- Susquehanna – the river at Vestal still has a bit of dropping and clearing to do but is definitely fishable. Water clarity is somewhat murky but is clearing. Right now the river is crossing the 3000 CFS mark. Conditions are ideal at 2000 CFS.
Smallmouth bass fly fishing is good to excellent depending on water conditions. Carp, fallfish, channel cats, and walleye are all
Most fly fishing clubs / chapters are now on summer break, but some continue to hold events, as follows:
Thursday, July 30 – Kurt Nelson is supporting “Fishing with the Blind Day” once again and invites anyone able and interested in supporting attendees to come along. You will have a great time and will really enjoy how helping those less fortunate share the things we take for granted. Read what Kurt has to say about the event below.
For the past few years we’ve had a wonderful turnout of volunteer “guides” assisting us with the fishing from 9AM till noon followed by our buffet picnic lunch and socializing. Although many of the blind folks and some of our volunteers linger well into the afternoon this schedule allows our “guides” the opportunity to have the afternoon to fish the West Branch or other local rivers. The only reason this event has been successful is because of the caring volunteers who have joined us to provide one on one assistance to those fishing. You do not need to have any fishing experience to help out. The folks visiting here in the rural mountains simply love to breathe our country air, listen to the sounds of nature, and hear tales from our local residents. I’ll guarantee that you’ll leave after spending a day visiting them a much richer and more fulfilled person than you were prior to the experience.
We have plenty of rods, tackle and bait, but more are always welcome. We will have the 40′ x 20′ tent with open sides to protect us from the sun or rain, and toilet facilities will be available. We’re also planning a special gourmet lunch for all attendees including but not limited to: grilled venison steaks, hot italian venison sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, smoked trout, grilled chicken, clam cakes, various salads and veggies, deserts, soda, beer, and water. We won’t be keeping any fish, it is strictly catch and release, however, we will be including on the menu grilled brown trout, crappie and smallmouth bass filets from the Cannonsville Reservoir.
Please join us, and if you have a friend(s), wife or husband, etc. who would also like to join in, the more the better. If you’re not sure, just show up, we’ll have plenty of food and we can always use more help. Please contact Kurt at (607) 372-6330 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend or just want more information.
Saturday, August 8 – The TTFR International Federation of Fly Fishers is hosting a float fishing trip on the Chemung River from Corning to Big Flats. This trip is a joint outing with the Binghamton IFFF – BC Fly Fishers. Members and visitors are welcome. Deadline for registration is Aug 5th. This is usually a productive and popular float for bass and carp. Previous year’s trips have been a lot of fun. Plan to meet at 9am in Corning NY at the Cohocton Street Launch (behind Pressware) and float to Botchers Landing. This is a 7 mile float. There is a shore lunch planned for grilled burgers with all the fixings. Bottled water and some drinks will be provided. There will be plates, napkins, plastic silverware, etc. The trip should end around 5 pm. Contact Kirk Klingensmith at email@example.com or Nick DiNunzio at firstname.lastname@example.org before August 4th if interested.
A cold front passed through our area on Sunday. This storm did bring some heavy rain and cooler temps. Standby for a week with less precipitation. This dry spell will continue to help the warmwater rivers drop down to more fishable levels. High temps will be in the sizzling range (90’s) with lows in the upper 50’s. There is a decent chance of thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon. At this time of year it is ALWAYS important to watch for thunderstorms and get off the water if thunder is heard.