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                  2020 Fishing Report
             September 20, 2020, 6:30 AM

Beaverkill,    132 cfs  51.2 degrees  wade

Willowemoc,  36 cfs  49.5 degrees  low

East branch    135 cfs  49.2 degrees  wade

West branch    490 cfs  46.9 degrees wade
"Hale Eddy"

Mainstem      925 cfs  54.1 degrees wade

Neversink    106 cfs  50.1 degrees  wade

Esopus        315 cfs   57.7  degrees wade

Wappinger    13   cfs     N/A       low

Housatonic   104  cfs     N/A       low

Farmington    85  cfs     N/A        low

Bug's -  Trico's, Iso's, Cahills Tan & October caddis, Olives.

9/20/20:  Myself and Guide Chris Gallagher did a party of 4 yesterday, all new to the fly rod, all 4 put fish in the net, fun day, fish were eating beetles in the morning on the willow, later in the day the fish were on Olives and Caddis. With these cooler temps now the best fishing seems to be from 3pm to about 6:30pm, then that chill hits and the fishing starts to shut down. Last few times out we have been on the water around 3pm and had spinners coming back to the riff's.

9/19/20:  Waking up to 34 degrees this morning, yes heat is on. Fished last night it was ok, put a couple of browns in the net, nothing big. Got to the river about 5pm, bugs were just starting as were the fish. Caddis in air laying eggs a Tan Caddis #16 did the trick, also the BWO emerger #22 fooled a few.  Rivers remain low although the West branch is getting a bump up this morning. High today 57 degrees, winds 5 - 10 mph. Doing a trip today hope they bring warm clothes.

9/18/20:  Rivers are low and clear need some of that rain from Sally which I don't think will happen. So long leaders a must and a good presentation. The Esopus does have the best release as of now. Heading back up to the shop this morning after taking care of a few things at home.

9/17/20:  Took a break last night and came home to take care of a few things. Back up Friday.  Rivers could use some rain and the tailwaters could use more of a release. Rivers are skinny. Anglers coming into the shop are buying Iso's, Cahill's, September peach and small Olives #20-24, Nymph wise small P.T's and Prince nymph's. Fishing is improving with the cooler weather seems more bugs are in the air and the bigger fish are back up and eating.

9/16/20:  Had a client on the water last night and he was surprised how early the fish and bugs were hatching and feeding, told him we are leaving a lull and entering the next season fall with this cool weather. We had Cahill and Iso spinners returning to the water, Small olives, Dark tan caddis #16. The fish were up and feeding by 5:30 pm, one angler up-stream who landed a big female said they started about 4:30 pm, so we got into it with 3 fish eating the September peach, they were the only 3 who wanted that, change to a brown floating nymph and he hooked and lost a bubba to a down tree. Good night. Rivers remain somewhat low, Tailwaters could use a better release and freestones need some rain. Going to be nice today with a 10-15 mph wind. 

9/15/20:  39 degrees this morning in Cooks falls, yes my heater is on!  rivers are getting skinny including the tailwaters, long leaders a must now. Browns are getting darker and once again the bigger fish are feeding. Yesterday a tan caddis #16 did the trick along with Cahills 16/14. I am seeing Iso's and now and then a fish eats it. Trico's yesterday morning were in good numbers and the fish were in pods feeding. Today here in the Catskills high 65 degrees, winds light and variable.

9/14/20:  The Hudson valley area needs rain, freestones are low, water temps are fine but freestones in General are low including the Willowemoc in the Catskills. Fished last night with my friend Steve Dolce after work, Was good to share the water with him. He manage a few fish before I showed up then later he fooled a few on a cream spinner. On the Beaverkill last night there were Cahill's, Cahill's spinners, few Iso's, small Caddis. Fish got perky after 7pm when I was there. West branch from reports is fishing slow in the upper sections, most anglers are fishing the lower, being more successful nymphing riffles. Mainstem has been moody one day and it also depends on where you are is fishing well, same conditions the next and it's off. East branch is low so long leaders a must. But we are heading into my favorite time of the year, fall fishing!

9/13/20:  Yesterday afternoon was one of those moments you said to yourself what a great sport. Cool, Crisp evening, winds died down and the Trout were feeding on Cahill's and Caddis. Rivers remain in fair shape, Willow could use some rain. Which today is a 50% chance of it along with 10-20 mph winds out of the south. Olives were working for some anglers yesterday, still in my box I would carry Iso's, Cahill's, Olives #20-24, Caddis Tan #16, October caddis, Trico's still going on the East branch. did see my first Orange Cahill last night "September Peach". This is my favorite time of the year.

9/12/20:  Waking up to 48 degrees, yes I turned the campers heat on to take chill out of air. Iso spinners were in numbers last night and the fish were up and eating. Rivers are in decent shape here in the Catskills, Willow could use some rain, Farmington and Wappingers are low, at least the Farmington is a tailwater for the most part. Olives, Iso's, Cahill's are the ticket now, Beetles and ant's during the day. October Caddis is slowly making it's appearance.

9/11/20:  We received in Roscoe a good morning rain that brought the Beaverkill a bit, running clear and wadable this morning. There is a home owner doing some bank work on the willowemoc, they do have permits, at times the Willow can get some color. Gave some advice to a young couple starting out, which helped as they started to see takes and understood presentation. A few made it to the net. Beetles and my brown floating nymph size #24 did the trick. Cahill's, Caddis, Iso's and Olives still the ticket to have.

9/10/20:  90% chance of rain today in the Catskill's, this morning light rain is falling on the Camper, this afternoon possible boomers. Freestones could use some rain, just not sure how much they could rise. Anglers coming into the shop buying Iso's, Cahill's, Olives are working as are flying ant's.  In my box I would also carry Beetles, hebe's, October Caddis and the September peach, "Orange Cahill." Nymph wise Zug bugs and Prince nymphs going out the shop.

9/9/20:  Fished with friends last night, had some fun, fish were caught on a variety of flies, Olives, Sulphers #20, October caddis, beetles, Tan caddis #16. Freestones could use some rain which is coming tomorrow 80% chance, tailwaters in good shape for wading. Iso's, Cahill's, Olives still the main ticket, Beetles and Ant's still carry in ones box, October caddis and September peach wouldn't leave the shop without one. White Mayfly still about lower West and Mainstem.  Long leaders a must.

9/8/20:  Days are getting shorter, trees showing a hint of color, Bucks are rubbing off their velvet Autumn is coming, waking up to 57 degrees going to be a nice day here in Cooks Falls. Fished last night on the river, was a slow go at first, it picked up about 7:30pm and I place a couple of fish in the net, some took the October caddis "didn't see any" the better fish took the Cahill emerger. Call it at 8pm. Olives, Small caddis, Cahill's and midges were in the air last night.

9/7/20:  The summer birds seem to be disappearing, the days are shorter, Labor day is now ending and some of the best fishing is approaching. Rivers remain in good shape for wading, West and Mainstem are floatable and that means crowds. Roscoe was very busy this weekend and it was good to see the town alive. Same story with bugs as yesterday, but with school starting this week, the rivers should be less crowded.

9/6/20:  today will be another nice day, now 57 degrees warming up to the low 70's, winds light and variable. Rivers remain in decent shape. Nymphing wise the Prince or Zug bug has been producing this week. Dry fly fishing depends on where you are but Olives, Cahill's, Iso's and Caddis have been working. Cob webs on a bridge yesterday showed a lot of trico's trapped.

9/5/20: waking up this morning to what can be a beautiful day, 48 degrees this morning high today 72 degrees, Rivers are in good shape to fish! Olives, Iso's, Cahill's are the ticket now and probably till October. September peach and October Caddis should pop in a week or two. Trico's are about. Stimulator and a dropper taking fish, good to try Prince nymphs, October Caddis pupa's and small P.T.'s.

Exciting news!  I now own Trout Town Flies, LLC "formerly Catskill Flies" in Roscoe, New York, as most of you know I managed Catskill Flies last year and have been a guide there for many years.  While the name will change, our staff will return with the same philosophy and service provided in the past.  We will still tie the flies that Dennis did, as well as a few of our own. If you have any questions, please email me at flyshop@TroutTownFlies.com.  or Call the shop at 607-290-4107.  I am in the process of building a website for the store which is coming soon.

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4/24/20:  Steve "no water is to high" Dolce with a nice Beaverkill Rainbow, caught using a Hendrickson Pattern.
4/24/20:  Good friend Kevin Miller with a nice Beaverkill brown that took a hendrickson.
4/7/20:  This brown took a Quill Gordon Emerger.
4/4/20:  First fish of the year on a dry!  The nice brown took a brown Caddis X.  Couple of fish were up and feeding, missed one on the stone fly.  Nice to get the first one.
4/8/20:  Took this nice brown on a white streamer!
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!
9/25/19:  East branch brookie, caught two that night, Great colors!  Both Brookies ate the September peach.  Just so you know these were stocked. 
9/16/17: 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. 
9/7/19:  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:  My friend Andre, with the Best East branch Rainbow I have seen.  Olive emerger!
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.   
8/20/19: 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. 
7/14/19: Steve Dolce sharing his photo of a wonderful brown he caught on the West branch during Sulpher time!  Thanks Steve.
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.  
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. 
6/6/19: 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. 


White Mayfly

October Caddis
Tan caddis
Green caddis
Black caddis

stones, Golden and black



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