Catskill and Connecticut rivers are all in deep summer conditions. For the most part, at this time of year, summer bugs are pretty similar across all rivers.
In the Catskills, daytime dry fly fishing on the Delaware West Branch and East Branch is better on the upper sections of both rivers - above Hale Eddy on the WB and above Harvard on the EB (obviously this is where you'll find the coldest water.) If you're fishing nymphs on the West Branch, its best to stay below Hale Eddy as the algae drift above Hale Eddy is bothersome to say the least.
We are in summer conditions for both Catskill and Connecticut rivers. However, we have been fortunate to have had on-and-off rains and some unseasonably cool weather which has kept the rivers in better shape than usual and reduced the stress on the trout. In general, dry fly fishing in all rivers is best from evening into dark and beyond. In many cases, the best hatches occur just before dark, so don't give up and leave the river too early. Depending upon the river, there is also some hatching in the early mornings but it generally phases out as the sun gets higher on the river. Read More
Well, I'll begin by saying that I hoped to post a pic of a Tigerfish from my African trip - I had four hours last Saturday morning to get the job done, but I couldn't close the deal. We were on Lake Jozini in Pongola, South Africa - but there were just no fish around! However, as compensation, I'm posting two pics of some other inhabitants of the Lake that accompanied us on the float - a herd of Hippos and some African Crocodiles....so cool and different to fish along side of these. And the game, the scenery, the people, the country were truly amazing! Read More
In the Catskills, recent rains and cooler temperatures have reduced water temps on the freestones and receding water levels will make for good fishing in the coming days. Hatches include Sulfurs, Olives and Isos. As usual in the Summer, hatches start late in the afternoon with a good push of bugs and rising fish during the last hour of light. The hatch at dusk could include Sulfur Spinners and Rusty Spinners. Read More
In the Catskills, looks like a mix of clouds with occasional thundershowers for the next few days in the Catskill rivers. The Delaware West Branch and Upper East Branch are both in good shape temperature-wise, with the West Branch at Hale Eddy a cool 46 degrees and the East Branch at Harvard a nice trout-happy 58 degrees. The lower East Branch (below Fish's Eddy) was already 67 degrees this morning and should push 70 degrees by this afternoon. As well, the Main Stem Delaware (below Buckingham) was at 65 degrees this morning, so it is best to restrict your Main Stem fishing to the upper sections from Junction down to Buckingham. Read More
The Catskill tailwaters are now fishing classic summer conditions. The primary hatch is Sulfurs and Light Cahills starting late in the afternoon with a good push of bugs and rising fish during the last hour of light. The hatch at dusk could include Sulfur Spinners and Rusty Spinners. During the day, Isonychia are scattered about and can be a good choice with a #18 Pheasant Tail dropper in riffs and broken water. Read More
Fishing is great all over! The Catskill rivers are in their prime - running at perfect flows for both wading and floating, with strong summer hatches coming on, and all the rivers have great clarity. Both the Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoires are at 99% capacity - great for this time of year! Read More
Yesterday was one of those days where everything came together: the sun was out, the bait was abundant, the fish were feeding on top, and the birds helped lead the way. Over the course of the day, three of us brought at least 40-50 fish to the boat. Many were in the 27-36″ class, but a few pushed the scales higher. Our friend in the neighboring boat caught one beast, pictured below.
If my first week of Maine striper fishing is any indication of the rest of the summer, then life is going to be good this summer.........if you fish in Maine. After a tarpon trip to Florida the second weekend in May with son Ben, friend Jon Campbell and brother David Sparks (see post here) and a graduation weekend (congrats Sarah!) I finally got to hit the beach on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
Connecticut and Catskill rivers are finally returning to good levels and clarity following last week's deluge. Most are down to good wading levels, with an exception or two. With the warmer air temperatures this week insect activity is good, and all rivers have robust hatches. While there have been bugs throughout the day, with the warmer air temperatures, be sure to hang on the water 'till dark - there are great late hatches ofSulphurs andDrakes, and of course,Coffin Flies and other spinners. The weather is expected to turn a bit cooler today and that bodes well for helping to keep water temperatures down. Read More
As of this morning, allConnecticut and Catskill rivers are blown-out and unfishable! The storms that rumbled through our NY and Connecticut region Monday evening and all day on Tuesday brought all the considerable activity to a halt. But I can tell you what conditions were like on Monday before the storm, and chances are, once the rivers are down to a manageable level (probably by Friday or the weekend) the action should pick up right where it left off on Monday. Read More
Catskill and Connecticut rivers are in prime condition and are experiencing robust hatching activity. Recent and current rains have, in a few cases, caused temporary bumps in the flows but certainly not enough to blow the rivers out. Currently all Catskill and Connecticut rivers are clear and wadeable - although a few are still high and anglers are advised to wade carefully. Read More