April 13 Fishing Report Catskill Mountains

Up until yesterdays rain there was very good dry fly fishing to be had. Since Easter weekend until yesterday (Friday) solid bugs hatched if you knew where to be. The warmer sections of rivers pushed out the most bugs and bigger bugs. Hatching this week were chimarra caddis, paraleps, olives, a few stones and yes hendricksons. We have had good bugs for this early in the season. Some of the warmer days provided 6 plus hours on targets.

For the bad news. This rain has hurt your chances to wade fish. Boats are necessary at these flows. The predictors do not have the Beaverkill getting below 2,000cfs until at least Wednesday. Hale eddy is predicted to be above 4,000cfs into mid to late next week.

It was a nice little dream while the flows, bugs and fish worked. This week we will have to work harder for the fish. Have a great weekend. Support the Catskills and Upper Delaware fly shops.

Current River Update Catskill Mountains

Ladies and gentleman, we are almost there!

The past two weeks I have been in the big apple helping a family member after surgery. It went a little longer than expected but they are healthy and we are back!

East and West Branch of the Delaware River

Today I drove around the reservoirs to see what we have coming our way. The number of the day is 100.7. Both reservoirs are currently spilling and almost a full point higher than capacity. This is a great thing looking forward. Without any snow pack this year, our river levels will depend on rain and the dam releases. Please see current levels below. The Cannonsville starts the West Branch of the Delaware and the Pepacton Reservoir begins the East Branch of the Delaware River.

Beaverkill and Willowemoc

The freestone Catskill blue chip rivers the Willowemoc and Beaverkill are also pretty high as well. If you are looking to wade this weekend the Willowemoc appears to be the safest choice. Still be careful and fish with a parter. The air might be warming up but the water is still very cold.

Current Hatches

Black Winter Stones Size, Midges, BWO’s and Blue Quills have been spotted as well

Streamers out of a boat is still the best option right now for larger fish.