The recent rains have brought a wave of excitement to fly fishing enthusiasts in the Catskill Mountains. The increased water flow has made fishing conditions exceptionally good, and anglers are reaping the rewards.
Currently, the rivers are teeming with a variety of hatches, including sulfurs, blue wing olives, and isonychias. These hatches have brought up some big brown and rainbow trout, when sometimes they disappear in July. The sight of big noses breaking the surface in summer gets you tingly.
Not only are the trout fishing opportunities solid for summer, but the lower river smallmouth fishing is also on fire. Chris Dever and myself had a family out one day with over 50 smallmouth to net. Another day me and Delhi John did about 40 in four hours. The smallmouth bass put up crazy fights on fly and light tackle.
I took a quick drive around the reservoirs today. They look healthy as can be. Maybe the state will let some water out??? (bad joke)
Lefty Kreh once said, “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” With the recent rains, solid hatches, and overcast conditions in the Catskill Mountains, there is no shortage of hope and excitement for anglers seeking their next memorable trout. So, grab your fly rod and get in a river.
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