At times last week it felt like fall was not far off. While trees are beginning to show slight changes in color from their normal verdant green, warm temps seem to be back, at least for now. Continued dry weather is allowing most flowing waters to drop back to summertime low flows.
Here’s what you can expect for fishing in the week ahead:
Catskill River Trout: The Catskill rivers are generally fishing well. Warmer summer-like weather may have set back the freestones a bit. When fishing the Beaverkill or Willowemoc be careful to watch temps and focus efforts on the morning hours if temps are edging up there. The West Branch of the Delaware River continues to flow at a very wadeable and fishable 550 CFS. The upper East Branch is also flowing well with good water temps. Hatches are gradually shifting to the autumn cycle. Sulphurs are fading while BWO’s are becoming more dominant. Flying ants can be great at this time of year. Light cahills and Iso’s are also about as are caddis.
Great Lakes Tribs: There are a few salmon showing up in the lower end of the Salmon River. A few king salmon have been spotted making their way up and few have been caught. With continued 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 tucle with suplhurs fading and BWO’s and flying ants becoming ned up and ready to go.
Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks remain very skinny. Longer leaders and stealth will be needed to fish successfully. Nymphs, dry flies, and terrestrials will be the key fly types to use. Fishing early or late in the clear low water is one way to fish for spooky trout. Keep an eye on water temps. Also keep an eye on the possibility of local thunderstorms as sudden increases in creek and stream flows can make for excellent fishing.
Warmwater Rivers: Local rivers are in perfect wading and fly fishing condition. Flows of the Susquehanna in Vestal crossed below the 1,000 CFS level, giving wading anglers more access to riffles, runs and pools. Fishing is generally good with bass, fallfish, carp, and catfish in the mix. This is the time to focus efforts on early morning or evening. And don’t miss fishing the tailouts of pools as fish will hold and feed when the light is low. Fishing should only get better as low water concentrates fish and as baitfish get larger. Once cooler nights prevail, smallmouth bass will begin to feed even more aggressively.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 again be dry and summer-like. Unlike last week, day-time highs will toy with the 90 degree mark while lows at night will hover around the 60 degree mark. There is very little rain or even scattered thunderstorm activity in the forecast. This is becoming an issue for creeks and smaller streams in the Southern Tier. Keep an eye on the sun when out on the water. Wear SPF rated clothing, always wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.