March 23, 2019 4 min read
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. So here’s the current flow and temperatures of our Connecticut and Catskill rivers.(Cadosia on the Delaware East Branch in early April)
Remember, until April 1st, 2019, the Willowemoc and Beaverkill are closed except in their respective no-kill sections; The Delaware East Branch is closed; and the Delaware West Branch is closed from 1.7 miles below the Hale Eddy Bridge and upstream.
The Farmington has been stocked above and below the TMA; Through the TMA you need to fish hard - there are fewer chances but the fish are generally of a much higher quality and size.
For both our Connecticut and Catskill rivers, look for early black Stoneflies (Size #14-#18). They have been out on the Mianus in good numbers and also on the Farmington. For those rivers that are heavily stocked, try using Mops, San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, and Weenies, as well as a variety of nymphs - including Caddis Larva and other various nymphs.
(Pat Fowler stalks fish on the Mianus)
(Early Black Stonefly on the Mianus River)
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That’s it for now. As always, check in every Wednesday for the new fishing report. If conditions change drastically during the week or there is updated stocking information - I’ll update changes on a daily basis. Everyone here at the shop is looking forward to working hard to make your fishing the season the best one ever!