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Where lessons are learned, laughter a must. Tears of pain when the big one comes off.  And the tales get bigger each year!
  Photo right:  Nothing is greater than a client landing a quality trout in my net!
                        This will be a daily report

Updated Links page, now you can find daily weather reports for the destination you choose for fishing!

              The 2017 Fly-Fishing Season


                             "Done for the season"
          Will return by the end of March 2018
                                                
                        

New York:

Wappinger Creek     222 cfs    Unavailable    wade
        "Closed from Pleasant Valley dam upstream"
                           
Ten Mile                     Closed

Beaverkill          2590 cfs     48.0 degrees  high 
        "Closed from Route 206 bridge upstream"
                              

East branch       519 cfs    47.0 degrees   stained
 "Harvard"      "Closed from Shinhopple upstream"              

West Branch      756 cfs    48.0 degrees   wade
 "Hale Eddy"  "Closed from Gamelands upstream"            

Delaware            6730 cfs    48.0 degrees  float
"Lordsville"
       
Neversink                  "Closed"
                                               
Connecticut:

Housatonic:              
  "Cornwall"         3350 cfs     Unavailable stained

Farmington         1235 cfs      Unavailable stained


Weather:  For Weather check my links page for up to date reports. 

Best Bet: most rivers have some sort of color, but if one needed to fish, West branch of Delaware, or locally East branch of the Croton.

Bugs:  Olives, October, Gray caddis. midges, 







                              “Looking Back on 2017”


  Minus 10 degrees on the first morning of the new year to me the first day of the new year signifies the start of the winter tying season.  This is where I reflect on my notes of 2017 to see what flies worked the best, what hatches stand out plus the memories that occurred in the water with my clients.

 

  The season started out somewhat slow, the end of March we received about 30 inches of snow, also making things tough we were getting rain here and there so with run-off and rain we had high water making the Hendricksons tough to fish.  By the middle of May maybe closer to the end, fishing was improving.  The March brown hatch was ok, Sulphur’s and again that depended on where you fish were ok, on the East branch you could set your clock to them, it was just that the Sulpher hatches were inconsistent in numbers or they were brief hatches to fish.  The Green drakes were a fair hatch in 2017, not like 2016 where it was amazing.  Caddis hatches were also OK, again the year before they were better numbers.  With Caddis I thought Tan caddis emerger’s did well, as the Green soft hackle in sizes #12 & 14’s. One Mayfly that made a decent appearance this year was the Cornuta. A noon hatch on an overcast day had them coming off in good numbers.


  As Spring turns to summer the water levels remained fair, we were receiving rain at the right times, it wasn’t until July we were watching water temps.  It was an unusual August where mother nature gave us a cool August and fishing was pretty good.  Mayflies and Caddis that usually appear towards the middle to the end of September were appearing at the end of August, example October Caddis. August was one of my busiest ever as a Guide.  By September we stop getting rain, flows were shrinking, the Beaverkill was around 80 + cfs at times.  If you knew where to fish during this time of the year, you were able to put a lot rainbows in the net.  The fly that worked well for this was a Yellow Sallie.  The October Caddis also was a charm to use, as it was fooled by a cool August.  The Yellow Sallie and the October caddis made a great tandem rig, with a soft hackle as the dropper.   The Trico’s this year on the Willowemoc were pretty good, on the East branch they were fair, again it depended on where you fished.  Another fly that worked well over the summer to fall was a midge emerger tied in Olive or black in sizes of #22 and #24.  The terrestrial that placed some good fish in the net again my favorite was the foam beetle.

 

  The Fall is my favorite time to fish, this past year the water levels were tricky, but we did manage some rain here and there.  Olives were good, Iso’s were very good, I thought on the East branch it was one of the better hatches.  Due to the early start of the cool weather in August, I felt the hatches were ending sooner than normal, except small olives, here a large caddis pattern and a small #22 Pheasant tail as a dropper took a lot of fish.  Streamers also worked well as they do in most Fall seasons.


  So, the Best memories of fish taken in 2017, were two.  8-year-old Elisha on a family outing with me for lessons on the Willowemoc placed a 21/22-inch brown in the net, using my 7’6” 3 wt. It was a team effort as I coached, Dad held the butt of the rod up and she played the fish.  The Brown took a size #14 gray spent caddis.  The other moment was Tom from Connecticut who took a dandy of a brown on a Green drake emerger, this was a birthday gift from his wife.  There are many more memories, from young people learning to new anglers placing their first fish in the net, it’s all wonderful.  I have met so many anglers that made my time on the water enjoyable.  Watching fathers, sons or daughters compete, watching buddies break each other chops.  Or simply watching my own daughter grown into the sport. 

 

  So, in ending I wish you the best in 2018, may your lines be tight, and you tell tall tales of the fight!

 

                                            Happy New year!     Joe

 

Fly-fest 2018:  Join us at the Catskill flyfishing museum Feb, 3rd from 9 - 4PM.  Bring your vise tie some flies, or learn some new techniques from other tyers.  Donation $5 sponsored by Catskillflies.  Get out of the house and get some fresh air, a cure to the winter blues.

Reports:



12/11/17:  My Friend Doug won a weekend at Douglaston on the Salmon river, so I took up the offer to do some December fishing, Before we got there the river received a release of 750 cfs which brought fresh fish in from lake Ontario. Friday The lower end of Douglaston fished very well, as Steelhead and Rainbows were caught.  We fished the upper sections from Saturday and "snow globe Sunday"  Charlie had the hot hand landing a few Steelies Saturday.  Sunday morning was tougher as the wind, snow, cold punished us, but we did manage hook-ups, but didn't land any.  So by 10 AM we decided to call it quits, fearing tough road conditions in the area with lake effect snow.  This was a weekend you had to dress for success and deal with frozen guides.  Photo's below:

11/20/17:  Went to the Salmon river for a couple of day's with my friend Charlie Fiske.  It was Great to see a lot of fish in the river, from Steelies, Rainbows and Brown trout.  Even the weather cooperated for the most part. I also visited some friends who were staying at Douglaston that invited us for a Saturday night supper.  They passed the camera's around and all caught nice Steelhead and even a few caught some nice Browns.  The flow of the Salmon river was about 335 cfs, perfect for me.  The crowds were tolerable, so Charlie and I felt relaxed fishing.  Below Photo's:  In my photo, I caught a nice Rainbow, interestingly this Rainbow came from a group that was stocked years ago, the Domestic Rainbow, it spawns in the fall.  But about 10 years ago or longer the state stopped stocking them do to whirling disease.  It was a time that had many of these Rainbows  had died.  So the Rainbow that I caught was off-spring of this class Rainbow, born and raised in the stream! So could you classify  this Rainbow as wild now?  Who knows but it was fun to place in the net. 

10/31/17:  Rivers and streams are receding, some have some sort of color, maybe in two days rivers will be fishable where open.  This is my last report for the season, as I shut down till April, Will be doing some steelhead fishing, so I'll report on that from time to time, plus it's time to head for the woods. So over the winter I will put some new flies, or report a show that may come up.  Other than that, Thanks to all my clients who entered the water with me!  I enjoyed my time with all of you, to landing fish to learning for the first time to waive the stick,  what fun!  Again Thanks to all of you.  Have a good winter.


 12/11/17:  Photo Below, Doug Mershimer with his "smallest" Rainbow caught on the Salmon river.  
  12/11/17:  Photo below, Charlie Fiske King of the Steelhead holding one of many Steelies he caught over the weekend on the Salmon River.
  11/20/17:  Top photo, Me with a nice Rainbow!

11/20/17:    Bottom photo, Charlie Fiske with his best Steelhead, We fished the salmon River, Pulaski N.Y.

  11/20/17:  Below photo:  Sunday morning on the Salmon river, Winter or Steelhead wonderland!
  10/25/17:  Photo above, Joe Heusinger with his first Willowemoc Brown trout, that took my Brown floating nymph #18.

  10/25/17:  Photo below, Myself with a feisty Brown that also took my Brown floating nymph.  Tough day of fishing with the Conditions but we didn't come up empty!  Fun day with Joe!

 10/10/17:  photo below, my last Rainbow of the day, you know lets leave the water on a high note.  The little Rainbow took a #22 cdc brown floating nymph.  The Rainbows ranged in size from 8 inches to about 12 inches.  They were feisty and a few were aerobatic!  What fun! 
  10/7/17:  Photo below, Jeff from Lower Westchester with a dandy male brown, that took my size #20 brown floating nymph.  
  9/24/17:  Photo below, John Quinius from Texas, holding his best fish of the day, the Brown took a size #22 Olive emerger!  Caught on the East branch of the Delaware.
  9/20/17:  Photo below, Bill Menear from Canada holding his best Brown of the day.  Bill Placed 8 browns in the net.  This Brown took a Size #20 beadhead pheasant tail that was a dropper off of a October caddis which was the indicator fly.  
  9/18/17:  Photo below, Had some me time on the water tonight, this spunky Rainbow made me enjoy the tugs on the Fiberglass rod!
  9/18/17:  Bob Ciabocci. from Buchanan N.Y.  holding one of his best fish of the day, the Brown took a Tan caddis emerger.
  9/17/17:  Photo below, Riley " no fish to big" holding his 18.5 inch brown he caught on the Willowemoc with his Dad Charlie.  The brown took his Rapala "silver".  Riley is way ahead of me when I was his age!  Kudo's to Riley the future fly-fisherman!
  9/13/17:  Photo below, Bob Lapointe from the Boston area, with his first ever Beaverkill trout a Rainbow, that took a size #14 caddis pupa.
  9/10/17:  Photo below,  Gene from Long Island with one of his many Rainbows caught on the Beaverkill, the Rainbow took a size #12 soft hackle that represented a October caddis emerger. 
  9/6/17:  Top photo, Brother and sister , Frank & Sarah sharing a moment with Franks Brown trout, that took a Iso emerger!

Below photo:  Sarah with her first Trout on a fly-rod, the Brown took a #12 Iso Compara dun!

  9/3/17:  Photo below, Paul from N.Y.C. holding one of the Brown trout he caught on the Beaverkill!  His first time with a fly-rod!  The Brown took a brown floating nymph #18.
  8/31/17:  Photo below, Jared with his second fish of the day, a Rainbow that took a green soft hackle.
  8/29/17:  Photo below, Chris from Westchester, holding his first Rainbow caught on a fly-rod!  The Rainbow took a yellow sallie. 
  8/29/17:  Photo below Matt Mattioli from Westchester holding his first ever trout caught on a fly rod, the Rainbow took a October caddis in the riffles. 
  8/26/17:  Photo below, Nathan holding his first ever trout caught on a fly rod.  The Brown took a size #16 beetle.
  8/15/17:  Photo below, my nephew Mace with one of his Browns, this one took a Vitreus emerger. 
  Photo below: 8/15/17, The Uncle showing Mace how it's done!  One of nine fish for me this day.  This Brown took the Yellow Sallie!  I loved my time with Mace on the water, sometimes it's hard to find time with family outside your own, specially in the guiding business. 
  8/10/17:  Photo below, Jeff from lower Westchester with his best fish of the morning, the Brown took a #16 beetle. This was lessons on the Willowemoc.
  Photo below:  8/9/17, Husband & wife David and Michelle, Michelle holding her first ever brown trout on the fly-rod.  The brown took a #20 CDC Olive emerger. 
  8/7/17:  The smallest brown that I caught Sunday night, the Brown took a #10 Iso compara dun, on the East branch.
  7/30/17:  Photo below, Jeremy of Stony Point N.Y. with his first ever Brown trout on the fly rod, the Brown took a #22 Trico spinner!  
 7/16/17:  Photo below, Husband and wife Jason and Laurie from Staten Island.  Jason holding Laurie's first ever trout on a fly rod, the fly took a Sulpher cripple.
  7/12/17:  Photo below, Emanuel holding his Sister Theresa best fish of the day, the Brown took a midge emerger #22.  Theresa was so excited about the fight of the fish.   Got to love Family moments!
  7/12/17:  Photo above, Emanuel from Long Island with his first fish of the day, the Brown took a beetle #16.

                   Photo below, Theresa, with her first fish of the day, a Brown that took my guide midge fly pattern.  

                                  I love family outings!

 7/10/17:  Photo above Marie with her first ever brown trout on a fly rod!  The brown took a #22 Griffth's gnat.

   Photo below, Father and Daughter, Marie holding Monty's fish, a Brown that took a Griffth's gnat!  You got to love these moments on the water!

  7/10/17:  Photo below, Mike from Florida holding his first ever Brown trout on a fly rod!  The Brown took a Griffth gnat #22.
  7/1/17:  Photo below, Abbas from N.Y.C, with a very nice brown trout that took a #14 beetle.  His best Trout on a fly rod!
 6/27/17:  Photo below, My daughter Steph with her best fish of the day, a very nice brown that took a BWO #20.  Willowemoc.
 6/25/17:  Photo below, Sofie holding her first Brown trout that she caught on a dry fly, #22 BWO emerger.
 6/25/17:  Photo below, Chris from Orange county N.Y. holding his best fish, a Brown that took a #22 BWO parachute.
 Photo Below:  6/10/17, Matt took this Nice Upper Beaverkill brown on a #14 Cornuta "BWO".
 6/3/17:  Photo below, Tom from Connecticut holding a very nice brown that took a Green Drake emerger.  This was on the Beaverkill.
 5/28/17:  Photo below 13 year old Kieran from Long Island with his first ever Brown on a fly rod.  Also he wins the Family bet where to eat!
 5/26/17:  Photo below, Mark from Salt Point releasing his first Brown of the afternoon, the Brown took a size 12 brown floating nymph on the swing!
 5/24/17:  Photo below, good friend Dick Smith with a nice Brown trout, that took his March Brown.  Dick likes to use his Echo 4 wt, fiberglass on the Willowemoc!
 5/22/17:  Photo below, Dean Avery with his best fish of the day!  The brown trout took my #12 Brown floating nymph.
 5/21/17:  Photo below, Jason Larson with his best fish brown trout of the day.  The Brown took a March brown emerger.  One of three fish he landed!  This was a full day of lessons.
 5/20/17:, Photo below, Jeff from N.J. with his best fish of the day!  The brown took a March brown emerger.
 5/17/17:  Photo below, Harry Sr. carefully removing a fly from a nifty brookie!  The brookie took a #16 brown Wulff.
 5/12/17:  Photo below, Phil and his son Colt, sharing a moment with a nice Willowemoc Brown that took a #18 BWO.
 5/11/17:  Photo below, Phil from Texas with his first ever Beaverkill Brown, that took my Brown floating nymph size #12.
 5/2/17:  Photo below, Beginners luck!  Had a friends kids on the water and Elisha takes this huge brown on a 3wt, 7'6" rod, the brown took a gray spent caddis.  Their Dad was able to find youth waders which got them closer to the fish. It was team work!  By the way this was her second fish.
 5/1/17:  Photo below, Algis with his first ever Brown on a flyrod, Willowemoc, the Brown took a #16 orange stimulator.
 Photo below:  5/1/17, Had some free time on Monday to fish for myself, Fished the West branch of the Delaware and placed this brown in the net, the Brown took a Blue Quill emerger, the flow was just over 400 cfs, The Brown was over 18 inches.
 Photo below:  5/2/17, Jim Corless with the Best Brown caught in the Neversink, the brown took a Tan caddis emerger.
 4/30/17:  Photo below, Joe from Brooklyn with his first ever Beaverkill brown and first ever trout on a fly rod.  the brown took a Caddis beadhead pupa as a dropper off of a Hendrickson compara dun.
  4/29/17:  Photo Below:  Ray from N.J. with his first Beaverkill brown of the day.  The Brown took a Brown Caddis X #16. 
 4/24/17:  Photo below, Wendell Refior from Boston Mass took this nifty Rainbow on the Farmington river.  The Rainbow took a Green soft Hackle.
 4/16/17:  Most holidays are family time, my buddy Charlie does just that spends time with his kids.  Over the years I have put Riley and Kelsey on the web with their photo's of there fish.  Well here is another year of the kids having fun with there Dad.  Top photo is Kelsey "no fish get's by" holding and releasing her best fish of the day.  Bottom photo is Riley "no fish to tough" holding and releasing his best fish of the day!  Good family fun!  Thank you Charlie for sharing!
 4/15/17:  Photo below, Charlie Fiske took a float trip with his new friend Marty, Charlie took this very nice 20 inch brown on a streamer.
  4/14/17:  David Collins of Westchester County took two nice Beaverkill Browns today.  the Browns took a size 14 Stonefly dry fly!  First dry fly fish of the year!
 Photo below:  10/17/16, Mike Madureira of Buchanan N.Y  with a Dandy brown that took a Blue wing Olive emerger.
 Photo above:  10/17/16, Tom Madureira with his first Brown of the day, which took a Blue wing Olive.

Photo below:  10/17/16, Phil Terrano with one of his many trout taken today, again the Blue wing Olive.

 Photo above: 10/15/16,  Jennifer with her first ever Rainbow the fish took a hares ear nymph as a dropper off a stimulator.

Photo below: 10/15/16, Lucas with his first ever Brown trout that took a BWO.

 Photo below:  10/15/16, Abbas with his first ever trout taken on a fly rod, the nifty brown took my brown floating nymph.
 Photo Below:  October 11th, 2016, Toby Tobias from Oregon with a nice fall Rainbow, taken on a Caddis nymph.
   9/13/16:  Photo below, Terry Chapman from the state of Mass, with his first ever Beaverkill Brown.  The Brown took my Yellowsallie pattern. 
 9/2/16,  Photo below:  Jim Newcomb from Chicago holds a nice 16/17 inch brown trout, that took a unexpected spinner in a experiment, a Golden spinner size 10.  He actually caught 3 more trout on that fly around 7 PM.
Dry flies:
November:


Olives   

Midges





 

 

 

 

 

 


Nymphs:

November:



Pheasant tail's


"Midge Patterns"


Flashback- Pheasant tail



Case caddis


Caddis Nymphs


Hare's ear


Peacock caddis Larve


Copper John's


Brassies


Prince Nymphs