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                  2019 Fishing Report
           October 20, 2019, 6 AM

Beaverkill,   750 cfs    46.5 degrees, wade

Willowemoc,  450 cfs    46.0 degrees wade

East branch   342 cfs   46.4 degrees   wade

West branch  481 cfs   50.1 degrees    wade
"Hale Eddy"

Mainstem    2150 cfs  48.3 degrees    float

Neversink     Closed

Esopus         392 cfs  49.1 degrees   wade

Wappinger   119   cfs     N/A            wade

Housatonic  2220  cfs     N/A          float

Farmington   197  cfs     N/A         wade

Bug's -  Olives, Midges, caddis,    


10/20/19:  Last report for the season, where did the year go, time to winterize the trailer will pull the plug on that next Monday.  Catskill flies has changed it's shop hours and we will be closed Monday- Wednesday. Fishing still has been good Olives are now the ticket, with an occasional Hebe on the water.  I see more and more Redds  when I go out to the rivers so be careful not to disturb them. Over the winter I will add some new flies to the web, maybe an article.  But my focus will be tying flies for the fly-shop next year and rebuild my own personal fly boxes.  It was my pleasure to show you the rivers I love to fish and introduce some of you to their first ever trout on a fly rod.  Thank you very much!  Have a safe winter! 

10/18/19:  Rivers continue to recede, might take two more days for all the rivers to be safe for wading.  Catskills the East and West branches are wadeable, just check the Reg's to see what is open.  Hudson Valley the lower Wappingers is wadable. Even the East branch of the Croton is doable. 

10/17/19:  Catskills got blasted with the Nor'easter, rivers are swollen.  Hudson Valley received rain rivers are doable but are rising. Wind today will be the issue, 20 - 30 mph winds WNW. More rain predicted today.  Today is the day to tie flies! Or visit your local fly shop to see what's on sale!

10/16/19:  Today sections of rivers or rivers and streams are closed check your Regs.  Going to get pounded by rain for the next 24/36 hours, the flows posted this morning will change as this Nor'easter comes through.  Had some people on the water yesterday afternoon, Caddis and unweighted nymphs were the ticket.  

10/15/19:  So the end is near, today rivers and streams or sections of them will close at midnight. Check your Regs. Also trout are now making Redd's, found 3 on the East branch two days ago with the Browns active around them, please don't fish to these fish or step in a Redd. Had some fun last night fishing with some nostalgic equipment a Heddon 320 reel with a 5WT glass rod, had fun, also taught me something with heavy leaves on the water, trout will rise with the leaves around, but seeing a olive is a pain, so I used a October caddis and quickly caught a brown, then a few minutes later on a back-cast lost the caddis in some brush behind me. I said some choice words on the fact it was my only October caddis. What can I use?  Searched through my box and had a Orange Wulff and said what the heck, on that fly that I tied I landed 5 more fish and my buddy who fished with caught nothing.  So what I learned was a big bushy fly in heavy leaves on the water will bring fish up!  Photo below:   

10/13/19:  Fishing has been fair, best time seems to be around 3/4 PM till dark, Olives and caddis have been the ticket.  Yesterday my Brown floating #18 & 20 fooled some fish that were sipping.  If your fishing earlier in the day streamers and the Hopper dropper method will work. 

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10/15/19:  Fishing the East branch with heavy leaves coming down, landed 6 Browns 5 on the orange Ausable Wulff. Note the Heddon 320 reel, fun afternoon. Bottom Photo is the Wulff I tied last winter. 
10/7/19:  Dan from California with his first ever Beaverkill trout, the young rainbow took a tan caddis emerger. 
10/7/19:  Dennis from California , with his first ever Beaverkill trout that took a Streamer called the baby brown. 
10/6/19:  Kate and Tim with her first ever trout on a fly-rod! The brown took a Tan caddis emerger. 
10/3/19:  Top and bottom photo's are Brain and Delores from Canada, I'd say there was some fun competition between the two. First time for the both of them landing a few trout on the fly-rod!
9/26/19:  Did some exploring to find a new pool. Found one bit of a walk, but worth it!  The brown took a Tan egg laying caddis.
9/25/19:  East branch brookie, caught two that night, Great colors!  Both Brookies ate the September peach.  Just so you know these were stocked. 
9/24/19:  Size #22 midge pattern and 7X, Fun!
9/21/19:  Love using my 4 wt.  glass rod on the East branch browns, glass is so forgiving on fine tippet!  7X size #20 rusty spinner brought this fish to net!
9/16/17: Elisa first ever Beaverkill trout, so excited she was she did a selfie!  It's Great to see the excitement in a new angler when they land a fish. 
9/15/19:  The next two photo's is My best ever Brookie, but the spawn colors were so impressive I called my friend down for a photo. Fished caught on the EB. 
9/7/19:  Young Anthony Masilio with a dandy of a East branch Rainbow that took a rusty spinner!
9/4/19: Karen Cotton from Ill. with a dandy of a East branch Rainbow, the Bow ate a BWO cripple. 
8/31/19:  Nice Brown I caught on the Upper East yesterday, Rusty Spinner was the ticket, 7X, love the Glass rod for that reason, so forgiving on light tippet.
8/31/19:  My friend Andre, with the Best East branch Rainbow I have seen.  Olive emerger!
8/30/19:  East branch Brookie, nice in size But I think it was stocked.  Rusty Spinner. 
8/26/19: Bear sightings are more frequent now in the Catskills, the loggers call them the new wood rats. I saw this young one cross old 17 near Barnhardts pool the other morning.   
8/24/19: Nice Mainstem bow I caught yesterday afternoon, the Bow took a Iso cripple.  Nothing like a Mainstem bow hardest fighting fish in the Catskills. 
8/20/19: Full day guide with Jason and Dan, Jason holding best fish of the day. West branch of the Delaware. 
8/16/19: My Friend Kristy Ansbach out with her husband Tim, holding a very nice West branch Brown.  Tim purchased her a new Echo #3 rod which improved her casting and accuracy and now she is landing some awesome fish.  But that's not all, she is now into fly tying and landed this brown on her own fly! 
8/9/19:  Chris from Canada with his best brown of the morning!  Chris placed 5 browns in the net, from rusty spinners to midges.
8/4/19:  Kristy Ansbach holding a very nice West branch Brown.  The Brown took a Zebra midge as a dropper. 
7/26/19: I watch his father "Vinny" grow into the fly-fishing world, now I'm watching his son Jack grow too!   Lots of fun teaching him! 
7/25/19: Ant's work, just ask this stubborn Brown who refused my many offerings!  Watch for sippers during the day near banks who maybe feeding on falling ant's. 
7/14/19: Steve Dolce sharing his photo of a wonderful brown he caught on the West branch during Sulpher time!  Thanks Steve.
7/12/19:  Was a fun day to participated in the Governor's Challenge for the Catskill region.   
7/5/19:  The Brown family with Paul's first wild Rainbow!
7/3/19:  Every once in a while I get a Brown with nice color and unique spots, this East branch brown took a size #18 sulpher parachute. 
7/3/19: Manny from Brooklyn holding his first ever Brown on a dry fly!  The brown took a size #20 Olive emerger in the Willowemoc.  
7/1/19: Beau from N.J, with his first ever Trout on a Dry fly, taken in the Willowemoc on a Olive emerger. 
6/25/19:Fun time with Kevin & Wes Miller, Steve Dolce, Mid-Hudson TU donation fulfilled, Kevin holding a nice Rainbow from the East branch of the Delaware, Everyone caught fish either on the Willow or later in the day on the EB. 
6/23/19:  Mike from Brooklyn holding his first ever Willowemoc Brown caught on a fly-rod!
6/19/19: Fished with Gene Monty yesterday afternoon, We caught some decent Browns over 18 inches on Green drakes.  This is Genes best fish!
6/15/19: Maybe the Best Rainbow any of my clients ever caught on the Beaverkill!  First cast/first fish! Way to go Gary!
6/15/19: Happy Fathers day to me! 8 PM the night before, #10 Cahill emerger on my favorite river. 
6/8/19:  Gary Needell with a nice Brown that took a beadhead Pheasant tail.
6/6/19: Bill from Canada with a decent brookie caught on the East branch.
6/4/19: Doubling up, fished last night with Andre we hit a terrific spinnerfall of mix spinners.  We also had Sulphers, Olives, and March browns on the water.  Andre's fish took a spinner, mine a sulpher cripple. 
6/2/19: Found a few Dark blue Sedge on my trailer this morning, usually they coincide with Drakes. 
5/31/19: Had some me time last night after closing the shop, Fished the East branch, Egg laying caddis to mix sulphers, this is the first Brown that took a sulpher pattern for me this year! Not bad!
5/28/19: Vinny from Cold Spring with his West branch Brown that took a Brown floating nymph. 
5/27/19: I hit a nice Spinnerfall on the East branch of the Delaware just before dark. 
5/26/19:  Andre Valenti with a nice East branch brown, Apple caddis.
5/25/19:  Top and bottom Photo's, Nancy Montgomery & Son Hudson with his first Beaverkill Rainbow, Prince nymph. Nancy's Brown took a Prince Nymph also. Mother and Son trips are a lot of fun!
5/24/19:  Nolan from Connecticut with his first ever Beaverkill Brown, that took a tan caddis pupa. 
5/24/19:  Wearing the right hat is everything, just ask young Riley!  Good Job to Riley and Dad Charlie. 
5/17/19:  Greg from North Carolina, With his first ever Beaverkill Brown.  The brown took a large Olive #14.  
5/8/19 : Martin Craig with his first ever Beaverkill Brown, the Brown took a size #16 PT as a dropper from a dry fly.   
5/4/19:  Ryan with a very nice brown taken in the Beaverkill on a Hendrickson emerger. 
5/3/19:  Chris from Lower Westchester holding his best Brown of the day.  The Brown took a Hendrickson compara dun. Beaverkill.
5/3/19:  Mess of Hendricksons in one sampling in the Seine! 
5/1/19:  Don from PA, with a beautiful brown taken in the Willowemoc, took a Pheasant tail soft hackle #14. 
4/30/19: last day of a cold wet month, Fished with Andre Valenti another guide from Catskill flies, We got into a few fish!  
Top photo:  My Best brown that took a Brown Ausable wulff.
Bottom Photo: Andre Valenti, his fish took a Hendrickson emerger. 
4/25/19: Moira holding the best fish of the day, which gave her bragging rights.  The brown took a Yellow stimulator #14, she had many more fish that took Hendrickson compara dun #12, Little Ausable wulff #16. Fun day with Moira and Pat. 
4/23/19: Elisa with her best fish of the day, 1/2 day lesson, Willowemoc.  It's always exciting to hear the reel scream to place smiles on the clients face. 



Tan caddis
October Caddis


Black stones #2-4
Goldenstones #12 -10?
Pheasant tails 20-12
Haresear's #14 -10's
Prince nymphs
Art flicks Iso nymph
Copper Johns
B.H. Caddis larve-
In different colors #16 -12