The late summer doldrums are upon us and most flowing waters are showing it. Continued dry and very warm weather is resulting in low, clear flows, even on the bigger rivers. This is a mixed story for fly fishermen. Trout anglers will have less access to good cool water and bass fishermen will be hunting for shaded sections of rivers to fish. A little rain this week could boost flows and drop temperatures and recharge drying aquifers.
Here’s what you can expect for fishing in the week ahead:
Catskill River Trout: The West Branch of the Delaware River flows continue to flow at a very wadeable and fishable 550 CFS, although green moss is being reported, which can be annoying to fish through. The upper East Branch is also flowing well with good water temps but try to avoid the lower East Branch, Main Stem and the Willowemoc and Beaverkill as water temps are dangerously high right now. 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: There were some reports of Chinook Salmon in the Salmon River last week, but recent hot weather with little rain may have halted what seemed to be the hints of an early run. The Douglaston Salmon Run is reporting decent fishing for smallmouth bass and brown trout but only one sighting of a salmon in the lower Salmon 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 continue to drop so focus efforts on the deeper runs and pools when the sun is up but if fishing early or late, remember that smallmouth will be cruising for baitfish around weedbeds and structure in shallower water, including bays and eddies. There are mixed reports on bass fishing right now – some anglers have reported moderate success while others have not seen much action. White flies continue to hatch but the hatch is fading as August progresses.
Upcoming fly fishing events are as follows:
- Fall will feature 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 our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested.
The week ahead will be another mix of rain and shine. Look for generally hot and humid conditions to persist for the early part of the week with a front passing through the area on Thursday night / Friday morning. Temps will drop briefly but expect up to 1″ inch of rainfall. Whether this rain impacts skinny creeks and low rivers is anyone’s guess, but a jump in the water gauge of trout creeks and streams could make for some good fly fishing. The weekend looks like it will be warm, but dry and sunny. At this time of year it is ALWAYS important to watch for thunderstorms and get off the water if thunder is heard. Additionally, cover up from the sun – wear SPF-rated clothing and use sun-screen.