Len's Latest: Pre-Season River Update!

Len's Latest: Pre-Season River Update!

by Len Handler March 23, 2019

Greetings Compleat Anglers! As April inches closer and closer, here’s some early intel on the state of our Connecticut and Catskill rivers. Many of you have already been out on the water after stockings on the Mianus, the Saugatuck, and the Farmington, as well as the Housatonic. Although we had some bitterly cold weather through February and early March, the days are getting longer and slowly we’re thinking that perhaps the groundhog got it right this year - it’s looking like an early spring.
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Fishing Report, October 24th

Fishing Report, October 24th

by Len Handler October 24, 2018

As you well know, we've had a lot of rain and wind throughout this fall so fishing in both fresh and saltwater has been a matter of finding the "right" days to be out on the water.  Both our Connecticut and New York rivers have experienced unusually high water which has made wading on several of our rivers difficult. In the salt, it seems like it has taken a longer than usual amount of time for the action  to crank up, although there have been some good moments in-between - especially with the Albies, which came on strong in early October for several weeks. There is some decent Striper action at the moment, but the Blues have been missing in action. And the huge balls of bait that hugged our beaches last fall seem to be absent as well this year.
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Fishing Report:  September 19th

Fishing Report: September 19th

by Len Handler September 19, 2018

Lots of on-and-off rain has our Connecticut and Catskill rivers still at very healthy flow levels.  In the Catskills, due to the increased release in the Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoires, rivers are still too high in most places for wading. In Connecticut, the Farmington River has remained very wadeable but the Housatonic is still too high for safe wading. After forecast rain events today and tomorrow, rivers should begin rapid drops to wadeable levels. River temperatures have come down nicely - (in the Catskills due to a combination of cooler nights and increased releases from the dams (Cannonsville Dam is releasing 1499cfs and Pepacton Dam is releasing 678cfs.) Water temperatures in both Connecticut and Catskills range from the low 50's to the mid-60's.  
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Fishing Report:  September 6th

Fishing Report: September 6th

by Len Handler September 06, 2018

We're kinda on a cusp at the moment. On both our New York and Connecticut rivers, we've had weeks of unbelievable heat which has, in general, driven water temperatures into red-line zones. Yet in the Catskills, heavy rains caused consistent dam releases on the tailwaters keeping the rivers cool and high and resulting in some off-the-charts streamer fishing and pretty great dry fly action as well. 
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Fishing Report, August 22nd

Fishing Report, August 22nd

by Len Handler August 22, 2018

Rain, rain, rain. That's pretty much been the story over the past couple of weeks. All of the Catskill rivers (except the upper Beaverkill and Willowemoc) are unwadeable.  Both Cannonsville Dam on the Delaware West Branch and Pepacton Dam on the Delaware East Branch are spilling. Because the surface reservoir water is warm both Delaware branches are warm in the upper sections. However, as days slip by without additional rain, the spill is lessening and the releases from both reservoirs are cold so gradually the water temperatures are getting back to normal.
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Fishing Report: August 14th

Fishing Report: August 14th

by Len Handler August 14, 2018

While our rivers are definitely in a summer mode, with all the rain we've been having both the Connecticut and Catskill rivers are running high and are a bit cooler than usual for this time of year. These flow levels will drop quickly once the rain slows down, but the good news is that the Catskill reservoirs are at capacity and there should be decent water releases in the Delaware system through the fall. At the moment, the Cannonsville Reservoire release is 1460cfs and the Pepacton Reservoire release is 934cfs. Insect hatches in all Catskill and Connecticut rivers are pretty much the same right now. There are Caddis, Sulphurs, BWO's, Cahills, a few Yellow Drakes, Isos, Paraleps and ants and beetles
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Announcement: August 9th: 4000 Gallons of Fuel Spills to West Branch,Delaware

Announcement: August 9th: 4000 Gallons of Fuel Spills to West Branch,Delaware

by Len Handler August 09, 2018

Train Derailment near Deposit, NY
 Possible 4000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spills to West Branch, Upper Delaware River

(Reports are that the diesel fuel spill is limited to the locomotives which are spilling into the above-pictured feeder creek of the Delaware West Branch.) We'll update you as more information becomes available.

 At approximately 2:30 this morning a Norfolk/Southern "mixed cargo" train transporting various types of waste derailed just above the Hale Eddy Bridge, on the West Branch of the Upper.....

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Fishing Report:  August 1st

Fishing Report: August 1st

by Len Handler August 01, 2018

Well, we can't exactly calls these August days "dog days." Fishing in our Connecticut and New York trout rivers, as well as in Long Island Sound, is still too good to put away the rods.  Lot's of rain has kept our rivers at decent heights although most rivers have fallen and we still need to keep an eye on water temperatures. And for the next few days we're looking at showers and thunderstorms so water levels may vary depending on the location and severity of the rain. But hatches have been good and consistent on both our Connecticut and New York rivers (depending which section of the river you're on)  though water temperatures have varied dramatically - so its good to stay aware of what the conditions are in the section of river you're fishing.  But in both Connecticut and New York rivers there are some lovely fish being taken and our clients have experienced some great moments on the water in the past couple of weeks.
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Fishing Report, July 25th

Fishing Report, July 25th

by Len Handler July 25, 2018

Our feature picture this week is of our very own Bob Reichart with a lovely dry-fly Brown he took on the Delaware last week. (Riverkeeper Guide Service's Sal Renzuela netroutbum@gmail.com was at the oars.)

I was away last week in Canada's Gaspe' Peninsula hunting for salmon, so there is a lot of catching up to do. The Gaspe' is beautiful, but like so many East Coast regions, the rivers are extremely low and warm so difficult to fish.....

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Fishing Report:  July 11th

Fishing Report: July 11th

by Len Handler July 11, 2018

We are in full summer mode. Many Connecticut rivers and Catskill rivers are too warm to trout fish, but there is still plenty of available water on Connecticut, Croton and Catskill watersheds - and in fact, the fishing has been good on those waters. As well, there have been some great fish caught in Long Island Sound, but key fishing times are now early morning (sun-up) and evening into night. If you are trout fishing key hatches on all waters are pretty uniform - Sulphurs, Isos, Olives, Caddis and Cahills as well as ants and beetles. And it is prime fishing time for warm water species such as Carp, Pike, Bass, Perch and other warm-water species, so look to your closest ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs. 
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Fishing Report:  July 4th!  Happy Birthday, America!

Fishing Report: July 4th! Happy Birthday, America!

by Len Handler July 04, 2018

We are in summer conditions in all Connecticut and Catskill rivers and Long Island Sound. Whether you are in Connecticut and planning a trip to the Farmington River or Housatonic, or you are in New York and fishing the Croton watershed or the Catskill waters, the drill is all pretty much the same. Regardless of where your planning to fish, the best bet is to follow the cold-water releases and stay with the tailwater rivers. In Connecticut, the Farmington River, in New York, the Croton watershed or the Delaware system are good bets. Even then, you need to keep an eye on water temperatures as the middle and lower areas of the tailwaters warm with the consistent summer heatwave we've been having.
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Fishing Report:  June27th

Fishing Report: June27th

by Len Handler June 27, 2018

Whether you're on a trout stream, lake or in the salt, summer conditions prevail. Both in the salt and in freshwater it pays to fish early and late. Our trout rivers are in a time of both activity and change - water flows are lowering and waters are warming, but there is still a great variety of hatches, so change your tactics to match the prevailing conditions. In general, look to the faster, somewhat shallow runs and riffs which provide more oxygen to the fish - look for those little soft spots and seams tucked into the faster waters and for small depressions in the riverbed - they can hold some big fish. 
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