Greetings Compleat Anglers! Here’s the Fishing Report for April 19th. Hope your weekend was great and filled with fresh air, sun and tight lines! Fishing in Connecticut and Catskill trout rivers has been spotty to very good. The bright sun and generally clear waters has made the fish a bit spooky in some places. Also, while the weather has been beautiful, the breezes have gusted to 25 mph in some places which has made dropping a dry fly on a specific target a bit more challenging.
In the Catskills, all the Delaware branches and the Beaverkill are now clear and wadeable. Bug activity has seen Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Stoneflies, Quill Gordons, BWO’s, and now there are some early reports of Apple Caddis. System-wide the fish seem to be a bit spooky, but there have still been some beautiful fish taken. Water temperatures are in the 45-54 degree area system wide. Nymphing is still very good, and don’t forget to bring some streamers along just in case.
Anglers from the Farmington in Connecticut report Hendricksons up and down the river. There are also reports of the first spinner falls around 7:00PM. Remember to stock some Rusty Spinners in your fly box! There have also been BWO’s, black and brown Stoneflies, and Caddis. Nymphs continue to take some beautiful fish.
Those fishing the Housatonice report only very sporadic Hendricksons, along with some caddis. Water is still a bit high and wading is still a risky proposal. There have been some nice fish taken, but nymphs are still the best bet by far. Small, Hendrickson-style nymphs and black, brown and gold Stonefly nymphs are always a great bet. It seems like spring hasn’t fully awakened on the Housy!
Flow conditions on the rivers are as follows:
WB Delaware at Hale Eddy: 585 cfs @ 45 degrees
EB Delaware River at Fishes Eddy: 940 cfs @ 52 degrees
Main Stem Delaware at Lordville: 1190 cfs @ 54 degrees
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls: 500 cfs
WB Farmington River at Riverton: 157 cfs
Still River at Robertsville: 93 cfs
Farmington River through the TMA: 250 cfs
Housatonic River at Gaylordsville: 1460 cfs
Housatonic River at Falls Village: 1080 cfs