Monday, August 10, 2009

This has been the best summer for trout fishing that I have never seen. It is amazing what a trout stream can do with decent water flows and water temperatures. This past week I made another trip to the Catskills and the Delaware River. This time the water flows in the West branch and the big D. are so high it made the fishing a challenge. The fishing on the West branch was mostly streamer fishing do to the high water flows. Most of the water flow in the West branch was from bottom release water. This made the upper West branch extremely cold. The best fishing occurred from Balls Eddie on down to the main branch. This is where the water temperatures has a chance to warm up to the low 50 degrees range. Along this stretch of water the best fly was a size 4 black bunny streamer.

The greatest advantages of the streams and rivers of the Catskill Mountains is that most of the time, you can always find a piece of water that is in good fishing condition. We found excellent fishing on the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc. Hear the water flows were more like a spring flow. The week before we arrived the water flows were on fishable high. This also made it different for the trout to feed efficiently. As result we walked into a dream fishing situation, water levels just dropping to fishing condition and trout that have not fed for a few days, went on the feed. We smoke them on both rivers. Our most productive flies for the Willowemoc were size 16, red and silver variants, size 18 rusty spinners. On the Beaverkill we did very well with olive mergers in size 20 and usual size 18.
As of writing this report the entire Catskill system has just been hit with a series of intense thunderstorms. Everything is completely blown out for now, even the smaller streams and creeks. However the smaller water should be back into fishing condition with in a couple of days. The big D. and its branches both the East and West will most likely need close to week to settle back down. However this is a small price to pay for such great fishing that we have been enjoy all summer.

Chinook Salmon
We are only a few weeks away from the start of the Chinook salmon run. Already there is reports of a few stray salmon in the lower portion of the Salmon River. I'm not talking about any large numbers yet but just a handful fish now and them. The significance of this is that water temperatures in the Salmon River are already acceptable for these fish. Plus water flows are in excellent shape for this time of the year. All the indicators are showing potential for good September fishing. As of now I still have prime days available for the month of September. Fishing for Chinook Salmon in September allows you to fish for salmon that are in the best possible shape and these fish will take a fly on the swing. Also late September is when we traditionally will experience runs of Coho salmon. If you were not able to make a trip to Alaska this year, there's a way to get your salmon fax. And do it on a real budget. If you're interested in fishing in September or any time this fall, please feel free to call myself or the fly shop. The fly shop number is 585-352-4775 or you can contact me at 585-233-0436

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