It was a good week for the warmwater rivers. A spate of dry weather allowed even the Susquehanna to finally drop and clear. But what’s good for the warmwater rivers is not always so good for local trout creeks and streams which are running crystal clear and skinny.
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 500 CFS. The Willowemoc and Beaverkill flows are at summertime lows. Anglers should try to fish these Catskill freestone rivers in the morning and check water temps before fishing into the afternoon. Hatches of caddis, BWO’s, sulphurs, light cahills, and Iso’s continue to be what’s on right now. And don’t forget the terrestrials – ants and beetles in the slow water and bigger terrestrial attractor patterns in the faster water.
- Great Lakes Tribs: According to the Douglaston Salmon Run, there are three credible reports of Chinook Salmon sightings in the lower Salmon River. A River Patrol employee reported sighting a large salmon making its way upriver at the short bridge in Pulaski. This past Friday a seasonal pass holder reported hearing what sounded like a deer thrashing through the water while crossing the river. Upon investigation, the angler discovered a King salmon moving up the river. Additionally, a local guide witnessed Kings moving up in a small pod somewhat early.
- Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks are on the thin side and very clear. Longer leaders and stealth will be needed to fish successfully. Nymphs, dry flies, and terrestrials will be the key fly types to use.
- Warmwater Rivers: All of the local rivers are in perfect wading and fly fishing condition. Flows are actually getting low, 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. Smallmouth bass fly fishing is good to excellent right now with carp, fallfish, channel cats, northern pike, musky, and walleye also available for the taking. Lastly, the epic white fly hatch is on!
Fly fishing clubs / chapters are now on summer break, but some continue to hold events, as follows:
- The BC Flyfishers are hosting an evening of river fishing this Thursday, 8/13 at the Apalachin DEC fishing access. The access is located just over the bridge from 17C to 434. If interested, meet around 5:30 pm. Bring a friend as fishing is open to all! Please email Nick DiNunzio at email@example.com by Wednesday if interested or if more information is needed regarding this event.
The week ahead will be a mix of rain and shine. As of this writing it is raining heavily and will continue to do so through Wednesday. After Wednesday, skies will brighten with partly sunny days. There is a 50% chance of afternoon thunderstorms on Saturday, but in general, the remainder of the week will be dry. Highs for the rest of the week will be in the mid 80’s. Fishing may be a little off due to the heavy rain early in the week, however, the ground is dry and should soak up a lot of the precipitation. 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.