April 24, 2019 4 min read
Greetings Compleat Anglers! Here is your fishing report for April 24th.
Rain, Rain, Go Away! Although almost all rivers in NY, Connecticut and around the Metro area are high, there are still trout to be found (if you can get to them!) Here’s the area breakdown:
Water levels in all Catskill rivers are high and dropping. Clarity is good-to-fair. On the Delaware system and the Beaverkill, there are lots of bugs, including Hendricksons (#14), Blue Quills (#16), Little Black Stoneflies (#16-#18), BWO’s (#16-#18), and Black Caddis (#18-#20). Most fishermen are tossing streamers early, then looking for bugs & risers in the long, flat pools in the afternoon. You can see from the flow charts (below) that water levels in the Delaware system and the Beaverkill are still too high for wading, but ok for floating. Water temperatures are currently in the mid-40’s, but should rise into the low 50’s as we get more warm days. Fish your streamers to the bank with three or four strips and then toss to the bank again. Fish nymphs deep and slow in the slower runs and pools. While fishing isn’t fast, there are some great fish coming to net - we’re in sort of a “quality over quantity” mode! The appearance of a few Hendricksons here and there portends well for the coming weeks - it is probably the “premier” Catskill hatch so keep your eyes and ears open and be sure not to miss a chance for some fast and furious fishing and some big, Catskill Browns and Rainbows.
Our own Bob Reichart this afternoon with a fat Delaware River Brown
Sal Renzuella get’s it done today on the Delaware. Sal can be reached at Riverkeeper Guide Service.
Here’s the Catskill flows:
A fat, Delaware Rainbow is released
Len releases a nice fish from yesterday
Scott with one of manyMy friends who live in Red bank, New Jersey, are currently experiencing some good Striper fishing off their N.J. beaches - those are migrating fish that hopefully will be making an appearance here in the Sound in May. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and our eyes open!
Well, that’s it for now! Conditions are changing quickly now, so be sure to check back with all our reports to keep ahead of the game. And come into the shop for any questions you may have or information you may need regarding river conditions, fly information, guides, hot spots, great, new tackle - Scott, Buffy, Pat, Scott L., and myself will be happy to answer any questions. And while you’re there, be sure to check out our amazing inventory of rods, reels, fly lines, accessories, flies, fly-tying equipment, tools, waders, boots, clothing and so much more - we carry all the major brands such as Simms, Sage, Hardy, Abel, Lamson, Hatch, Nautilus, Echo, Reddington, Gavin, Ross, Scott, Winston, Loomis, St. Croix, Sci-Anglers, Rio, Cortland, Airflow, Patagonia, Yeti, Fishpond, and so much more!
Hope to see you on the water!Len