West Alewives are spilling. Here’s a few from today.
Brad makes this fish look small. He played o line for Army and is 6’6” tough to back row with 30mph gusts but strip set was on point. He took many big fish not pictured. We thank him for his service and how he still helps. Learn more at the link below.
Mr. Saturday did his normal job and threw “dimes” his words. Fun to see my friends/family/clients after all winter. Also most have been stuck down in New York City or around. I love and missed floating through these hills! There is a reason that Woodstock ended up on west side of the Catskills haha. Because it’s better!
Also, we did see Hendricksons on the tail waters. About 100 but they were quick to get blown away. No they weren’t quills lol. Still like at least a week off. This storm coming Tuesday can also hinder things.
I think that we are in for a very rough time in the next week or so. Many highway departments disassembled the plows already as they should have. If we get 8” we can also expect wild floods potentially later in the week. We will have upper 60s later this week with spilling reservoirs, snow melt and already high rivers. Be careful.
Not too big but healthy fish.
Took a ride for fun today. Stay tuned for updated week report. Back on the river Thursday. Water is still very high.
We woke up to a covering and it continued on until midday leaving us with about 3” Most of the snow should melt by tomorrow. Rain expected this coming this week. The reservoirs are spilling and the rivers are high and cold.
Keep an eye on the flows page.
Tomorrow is April 1st opening day of trout season (for every year until now). Currently its 5pm in East Branch NY, and 65 with storms coming in.
The guides have all been busy up and down the rivers opening up their camps the past week or so. It’s that time of year to see what the mice got into over winter. Luckily with last years fall flood this year was mouseless for our camps.
The rivers will see a big push of water through opening day. If the chain of thunderstorms headed from the southwest come east enough we might be washed out. There is a slight chance however they wont touch us.
Keep an eye on the water levels. As of right now the Willowemoc and the Beaverkill are perfect to wade. This can change fast so take caution. It all depends on this system coming in right now.
Here’s some new fly fisherwomen and men from a recent learn to fish at Antrim Streamside on the Willowemoc. We have left the Delaware alone for the fish to rest for the season.
Winter storm Quinlan is in mid drop right now. It’s 1pm Saturday March 12th and we have had steady snow all day, expected to stop around 3pm. As of now we have 6”- 8” and 2”- 3” left. With the reservoirs full. We can be looking for some big future flows.
This is a snapshot of current reservoir levels
The next week will have temperatures bouncing back and forth. Expect the rivers to rise when the air temperature leaves the 30s but tightening down overnight. Side bouncing some nymphs or worm patterns might be the play due to cloudy banks.
With the reservoirs full and a foot of snow in the hills, we are one warm rain away from potential floods.
Will this be the last winter storm of the year?