We are now creeping into summer fly fishing, even though the official start to summer is still a few weeks away. The hills are fully greened up. Hatches are quite varied and terrestrials are starting to show. The warmwater rivers are getting down to those wonderful “nice and easy” flows. Baitfish and the fry of gamefish are starting to grow. It’ a good time to be a fly fisherman.
Here’s what you can expect for fishing this week:
- Catskill River Trout: Fishing conditions for the Catskill rivers continue to be decent, though there is still ongoing concern regarding water temps, particularly in the main stem of the Delaware. Hatches of caddis, BWO’s, sulphurs, light cahills and Iso’s are what’s on right now. Nymphing continues to be the best method during the morning and through the early afternoon under these low water conditions. Dry fly action has been excellent towards evening and into the night.
- Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks continue to remain at pretty nice summertime low levels and are running relatively clear and cool. More rain is always welcome though. Caddis and mayflies, including sulphurs and some isonychia are about. Nymphing and fishing dries will work well and don’t forget to pack the vest with terrestrials as ant, cattepillars and beetles are about. Streamers will also work in the deeper holes. Be vigilant regarding local downpours as sudden shots of water will often wash worms and nymphs into the water and get the trout worked up to feed aggressively. Local creeks have been fishing pretty well but be prepared to bushwhack to find fish.
- Finger Lake Tribs: W’e’re definitely into the summertime slump on the tribs, but there will always be resident browns and rainbows in the tribs along with smallmouth bass and carp.
- Salmon River: This will be the last report on the Salmon River and Great Lakes tribs. The Salmon River flows have kicked up recently around 1,000 CFS. Smallmouth bass and resident browns are about. The DSR stocking is resulting in some good catches of quality brown trout, some in the 20″ range. It won’t be long before August rolls around and anglers await reports of salmon entering the river. Let’s hope the run is better than last year.
- Warmwater Rivers: All of the warmwater rivers are down at very nice wading levels. Clarity is better on the smaler rivers, but even the Susquehanna is very fishable. Smallmouth are now done with spawn for the most part. A recent trip to the main stem of the Susquehanna confirmed that. There were many empty beds found and some with fry hovering around! At this point, bass can be anywhere in the river, but the deeper holding areas may be the spot to try for bass recuperating from the spawn. Best flies will be large nymphs and streamers, keeping in mind that it’s hard to fish too big a fly for hungry smallmouth bass! Be prepared for other species as well – pike and carp, in particular. If spawning carp are encountered, move on and look for those that are feeding / mudding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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.
It will be a wet one coming up. The week will start with rain and thunderstorms – some severe – on Monday and tapering off on Tuesday. And the week will end much the same, with rain and possible thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday, though not as severe as the week’s starting weather. In between, expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies, with temps in the mid-80’s. Highs throughout the week will be in the low to mid 80’s with lows in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Sunday is looking to be very nice, with mostly sunny skies and warm temps. The week’s rain should help recharge trout streams and hopefully won’t do much to warmwater river levels, which are really getting into prime summer fishing levels. If venturing out, ALWAYS watch for thunderstorms and get off the water if thunder is heard.