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. Read More
A summary of my trip Atlantic salmon fishing to the Gaspé peninsula in Canada, including the Grand Cascapedia, Matapedia, and Bonaventure. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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.....
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. Read More
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 email@example.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.....
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Here we are one day from the longest day of the year and summer conditions prevail everywhere! If you're out on a trout stream now is the time to linger into dark. Many of the summer hatches, such as Sulphurs, some Caddis, Cahills and Stoneflies hatch at dark and later so if you leave too early you'll be missing some great action. This proved true for us on Monday on the Delaware East Branch, but we'll get to that a little bit later. In both Connecticut and New York, most trout rivers are low and are warming up, so keep an eye on water temperatures. Remember, as water temperatures approach 70 degrees, the trout become stressed and its best to give them a rest. As well, at this time of year many trout are holding in faster, more oxygenated water in depths of no more that 1-2 feet. In such water, look for the little seams of softer water or the small depressions in the river bottom - that's where you'll find some great fish holding. It seems like overnight we're solidly into the summer hatches - Sulphurs, Olives, Cahills, and Isos, so be sure to have these flies in your box along with a selection of spinners such as Rusty spinners, Cahill & Sulphur spinners and Iso spinners. And finally, on those days that the bugs seem to be hiding, don't hesitate to swing some wets and soft hackles or drift a nymph - there's always some neat stuff going on underneath the surface! Read More
Fishing remains good, both in our rivers and Long Island Sound. In our Connecticut and Catskill rivers fishing has gone from the high-water Spring conditions to lower-water summer conditions. There are still lot's of bugs but they have definitely slowed down from the bug blizzards of the past few weeks. The Hendricksons are now just a memory - but we have Isos, BWO's, a few straggling March Browns and Gray Fox, Vitreus, Sulphurs, Cahills and lots of tan and olive Caddis. On both Connecticut and Catskill rivers, be sure to keep your eyes open for spinner falls - not only in the evening but in the mid-late afternoons as well. There are March Brown spinners, Iso spinners, Coffin Flies (Green Drake spinners), and some Sulphur and Cahill spinners as well. Read More