Greetings Compleat Anglers! Here is your fishing report for April 26th!
Connecticut and Catskill rivers are running high, clear and cold! Streamer fishing is still accounting for a lot of fish, but the bugs are making their appearance! We were on the Delaware East Branch on Monday and there were Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Caddis and BWO’s, but no fish on them as of yet. We did take a couple of beautiful 20-inch-plus fish on streamers. The story was the same on the Delaware West Branch and Main Stem, although the West Branch did have some fish up on insects in the afternoons. Anglers on The Beaverkillhave had more opportunities on the surface, with some beautiful fish coming to the net. Caddis, Olives, Blue Quills and the beginnings of the Hendricksons have accounted for most fish, along with streamers and nymphs (Pheasant tails, Hendricksons, Princes, Copper Johns, and any other generally brownish nymph or wet.
In Connecticut, The West Branch of the Farmington was stocked on April 21st through the TMA, and is being stocked again today with 2-year old fish 14”-18”. Water temperatures are in the low 50’s through the TMA, and there are Olives, small Caddis, midges and early stoneflies (black and brown) on the water. More importantly, the Hendricksons are beginning to move upriver and should be in the TMA by this coming weekend. Nymphs have been very effective with any brownish pattern in a #12-#14 working well (Pheasant Tails, hare’s Ear, Prince, Hendrickson, etc.) The next week or two should be stellar and improve from there!
The Housatonic is cool and high, and was stocked in the TMA Cornwall Bridge section on the 24th. There are Hendricksons, but many fish are still being taken on streamers and big Stonefly nymphs. Key wets and nymphs are Woolly Buggers, Hare’s Ear (#12-#16), Prince (#14-#16), BH Pheasant tail (#12-#18), and don’t forget to include some San Juan worms and egg imitations in your box.
Here are the flow and temperature statistics:
Delaware Main Stem at Lordville: 4900cfs at 49 degrees;
Delaware East Branch at Fishes Eddy: 1590cfs at 49 degrees;
Delaware West Branch at Hale Eddy: 2190cfs at 44 degrees;
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls: 710cfs at 50 degrees;
Farmington West Branch at Riverton: 321 cfs;
Still River at Robertsville: 225cfs;
WB Farmington through the TMA: 546cfs in the low-50’s;
Housatonic River at Falls Village: 1110cfs in the mid-50s.
Fishing in Long Island Sound continues to improve. Captain Roger Gendron at www.ctislandoutfitters.com send the following report: “Schoolies and the occasional “not-so-schoolie” fatso fish are mostly still hanging out in the rivers and river mouths but will be on the move soon along the coast and in the harbors. Water temperatures are holding in the mid-50s.” A few of the gang here at Compleat Angler have been fishing around the mouth of the Housatonic River at lower-tide cycles and there have been some good numbers of bass taken. For the moment, Clousers have been taking most of the bass.
Please stop by and pay us a visit here at the shop. We are fully-stocked with a huge inventory of rods, reels, waders, lines, boots, flies and accessories – everything you could possibly wish for! And we’re always happy to pass along fishing information and directions for all of our local Connecticut and Catskill rivers and the surrounding L.I. Sound.
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