It’s been a fairly wet week and the creeks, streams, and rivers are showing it. We are a week away from summer and for the most part, water levels have held up well, aside from a few hot spells and low water periods. The warmwater rivers are pretty much done for the weekend for sure and maybe a little while beyond that, but hopefully will be back to summer levels soon.
Here’s what you can expect for fishing this week:
Catskill River Trout: Water conditions and temps will dictate fishing this weekend. The main stem is a concern due to the influx of warmer water from rain and the warm temps so it may be best to fish the upper parts of the tailwaters where the water is cooler. Hatches of caddis, BWO’s, sulphurs, light cahills and Iso’s are what’s on right now. Nymphing could be good and be aware of the power of the little olives if it’s rainy and overcast. If the water is up and discolored, be sure to bring the streamer box. Big dark or bright patterns with profile to them could be just the ticket if the fish are turned on.
Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks got a lot of water due to the week’s rains. The smaller creeks in some cases are coming down decently. Owego Creek, for example, is looking only a little swollen and slightly murky as of this writing. Others like Fall Creek are still quite high. No telling what the severe thunderstorms for Friday and Saturday will do. Check the USGS water gage where available before venturing out. Nymphing could be a possibility depending on the water level. If there’s murk to the water try larger darker nymphs and worm patterns. Also definitely pack some streamers as the browns will respond to the high water knowing food will be swept along and baitfish disoriented by the higher water.
Finger Lake Tribs: We remain in the summertime slump on the tribs, but there will always be resident browns and rainbows in the tribs along with smallmouth bass and carp.
Warmwater Rivers: All of the warmwater rivers are pretty high to blown out. Best bets are the headwaters of the smaller rivers or even the mouths of trib creeks feeding the rivers. When fishing murky to colored water, go with big profile streamers and nymphs in dark or very bright colors. A sink tip or full sink line will get the fly down.
Fly fishing events for this week are as follows:
- The BC Flyfishers IFFF chapter will be holding a fly fishing trip to the West Branch of the Delaware River on Saturday, June 13. This will be a joint IFFF chapter activity with the Twin Tiers Five Rivers (TTFR) chapter in Elmira / Horseheads. TTFR chapter members attending the event should meet at the Big Flats Community Center at 9am for car pooling. Contact Kirk Klingensmith, cell 607-346-7189 or email email@example.com if you are a member of the TTFR chapter and are interested in fishing the Delaware. The fishing will start at 11:00 am at the Ball Eddy fishing / boat access on the West Branch of the Delaware River. The plan is to fish during the day and stay and fish until dusk. Anyone attending should bring a lunch and/or dinner (depending on your length of stay). Anglers from the BC Flyfishers chapter or any other local angler should contact Nick DiNunzio at firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested in attending.
- The Beaverkill Angler continues to offer FREE Orvis Fly Fishing 101 Classes for 2015 EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY through October 11th! Classes will be held at 2:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday from mid April until early October. These classes are FREE to attend but size will be limited each day to maximize the experience for everybody participating, so be sure to call the shop to reserve your spot.
The weekend will start off on the wet side. Friday will start off cloudy and will peak at a high of 88 degrees. There’s a 60% chance of thunderstorms – some severe – in the afternoon and a higher probability of continued stormy weather into the evening. Look for more thunderstorm activity in the morning on Saturday, but clearing later in the day as a front moves through our area. Sunday will be nice with mostly sunny skies, a high of 82, and no chance of rain. If venturing out, ALWAYS watch for thunderstorms and get off the water if thunder is heard. Also, if fishing higher water, bring your wading staff.