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Fish-Camp is my time with friends and guest. 
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 2018 Fly-Fishing Season

"Done for the Season"
"Flow's subject to change based on Mother nature" 
New York:

Wappingers Creek   341 cfs  Unavailable limited
       "Closed from Pleasant Valley Dam Up"
Ten Mile                      Closed

Beaverkill          745 cfs     42.0 degrees limited
         "Closed from Rt.206 Up-stream"
East Branch       1050 cfs    42.2 degrees  float  
"Harvard"  Closed Shinhopple up-stream"                   

West Branch       2060 cfs   51.2  degrees float
 "Hale Eddy"   "Closed above Gamelands"             

Delaware           4980 cfs   46.5 degrees  float
Neversink            "Closed"

 "Cornwall"          1740 cfs     Unavailable wade

Farmington          652 cfs     Unavailable  limited

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

Best Bet:  East branch of Croton, lower Wappingers, Housatonic, Beaverkill.        

Bugs:  Olives


12/1/18:  Wishing all my Angling friends the Best during the Holiday season!  My very Best to you and your Families.  Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

10/31/18:  Well my season is over!  Starting tomorrow my reports will end till next season 2019.  So it's officially tying season now, some hunting and hiking.  This was a year of rain!!!  Never seen so much of it in the rivers I guide.  In all honesty it made me a better guide to have to adapt to the conditions.  I learned and ventured off to new streams that were a joy to fish. This was another year of meeting old friends on the water and meeting new people who I taught the sport I love.  A huge Thank you to all of you for allowing me to show you waters I love to fish. I will miss the visits from you at the fly shop, helping you all out on where to fish and what flies to use.  I will Even miss Drew and the blueberry muffins.  Some of my clients have been with me for years  and I thank you sincerely.  So over the winter check my website, I will add at times new flies and a article or two, I will also keep you abreast of my wanderings.  So till next Spring have a good winter and dream of big fish!

  “A Look back on 2018”

  Water water everywhere is what 2018 was!  Numerous times I had to worry that my camper along the Beaverkill would have to be towed to higher ground do to the Beaverkill coming over the banks.  We had a long winter with a lot of snow-pack in the mountains, run-off was long.  There was probably a month and a half of which we had decent flows in the Catskills, it was about July 23rd that the monsoons came back keeping rivers and reservoirs high.  If you were a wading Angler you worked hard for your fish, if you owned drift boat you had more success.

  For me as a Guide I had to adapt, for example this was the year to fish and explore smaller streams or brooks.  It made me also adapt to rivers that had higher water levels with limited wading, finding feeding fish in places that they usually are not.  Adapting to others sorts of fishing techniques so to have clients hook fish.  So, I guess it was a year of adapting, so that the client had some action and would be the most successful.

  As far as bugs, I can not think of a hatch that stood out, I felt that the high water kept the fish eating more subsurface.  I did think that the early season May through June was epic with spinner falls, one-night fishing for myself I caught the Iso’s and Brown Drake spinners falling on the Lower East branch it was epic as some of the big pigs were slurping them in. I saw more Coffin flies than I did Green drake duns, much like the Hendrickson’s, More Spinners than duns.  The Sulphur hatch was fair they were also predictable on the East branch.  As far as the Fall, Olives and Iso’s were good, the October caddis was a hit or miss. Streamer fishing was always a lot of fun during the Fall season as the Browns chased them gearing up for spawn. 

  So, 2018 was work for a wading Angler, again do mostly to the high- water levels from all the rains.  Which kept the reservoirs high, with that comes spillage over the dams along with a controlled release keeping the tailwaters pretty much un-wadable.  

  I thought that this year the East branch produced more Rainbows than in the past years, I also had some clients catch a few more Brookies in the East than in the past.  I must admit I never get tired from watching clients place trout in my net, it never gets old!  One highlight of 2018 was a young lady who I had two years ago for lessons, she came back this year with her dad from Chicago, on her own with no assistance from me except netting it she placed her brown trout in the net, her dad was so proud of her as I. Another highlight in the spring was a father and son, The son loves fly-fishing, dad tries but has never has done well, The son is landing some nice fish both rainbows and browns in the Beaverkill, Dad is trying but politely mentions I’m a little rusty it’s been awhile with the flyrod I’m just glad to spend time with him in the water, that means in the guide world, yes he is happy but wants to catch a fish, as he does not catch many at all.  I worked with dad a little bit more, knew his presentations were off, so I tied on a strap of soft hackles and on his first cast on the swing, he hooked and landed a dandy 18/19 inch brown!  Dad was beaming, what a great moment it was with father and son, matter of fact the son returned to the shop in the fall with his wife letting me know that that highlight for his dad was his fish story over the summer at his golf course.

  So as tough as 2018 was there were many great moments as I learned to adapt to the conditions.  I met so many new faces and had many a returning client to share the water with.  I hope 2019 brings better river conditions, I hope 2019 is a great year to you and your families, may your lines be tight, your fish huge and your stories last forever.


Happy New year




 10/13/18:  Max from N.J. with his first ever Brown on a fly-rod, the Brown took a black muddler on his first or second cast.  
 10/7/18:  Fall in the Catskills, photo taken yesterday morning at Hazel Bridge on the Willowemoc.  Absolutely Beautiful! 
 10/7/18:  Bill from Toronto Canada looking down at a Wild Rainbow caught in the Beaverkill, the Rainbow sipped my Brown floating nymph! 
 10/6/18:  Rich from Philly with his first ever Beaverkill Rainbow.  The Rainbow took a October caddis soft hackle. 
10/5/18:  Photo below, Brady and Stephanie from Washington D.C. with Brady's first ever Beaverkill Trout on a Fly-rod!  The Brown took a size #18 BWO. 
 10/2/18:  Steve from Westchester, first ever Beaverkill Bow, took a Black ghost streamer #6
 9/17/18:  Photo's above and Below,  My time fishing, two pretty fish caught up in the Upper Willowemoc, the Browns all took a orange stimulator, the Brookies loved the Royal Coachmen #16. Sunset was awesome with purples and reds!
 9/15/18:  Nostalgic afternoon for me using my Bamboo rod!  Took a few Browns on the Willowemoc in the afternoon, they took a CDC Tan caddis emerger #14.  I love fishing soft rods, weather it's Bamboo or Fiberglass!
  9/15/18:  Kendall from NYC with his first ever Brown trout caught on a fly-rod!  The Brown took a Royal coachman. 
 9/4/18:  Amanda from NYC,  with her first Beaverkill Brown caught on a fly-rod. The Brown took a BWO parachute #20. 
 9/3/18:  Kyle from NYC with his first ever Brown caught on a Fly-rod.  The Brown took a foam beetle size #14.
 9/1/18:  Top photo, Fred from Kentucky, his first ever Beaverkill Rainbow!  The Rainbow took a Iso compara dun.

Bottom photo:  The Iso's migrating to the rocks and Hatching, Water and air temps cooled down enough overnight. 
 8/30/18:  John from NYC with his first ever Brown trout caught on a fly-rod!  The brown took a size #14 bettle.
8/29/18:  Father and Son, Tim and Paul on a full day guide trip, Tim with the Best fish of the day, the Brown took a #14 Beetle. 
 8/27/18:  Everybody appreciates photo's of big fish, But as a Guide it's the first one ever caught on a Fly-rod!  This is Aaron from Brooklyn and his Brown ate a Tan caddis #16! His first ever!
 8/19/18:  Top and Bottom Photo's:   Fun day with Brookies with Jeff and Gabe Father and son in the Catskills for lessons.  While everyone is waiting for the lower rivers to clear, I have found fish for my clients!
 8/19/18:  One of the many Brooks in the Catskills that holds a Greenback!  Get out and Explore!
 8/13/18:  Photo above and below, Another gem of a trib to the Perpacton, where there was plenty of nifty Rainbows to be caught.  Stimulator made choice of fly easy!  When there is high water elsewhere, look for small brooks to fish!  
 8/12/18:  Top and bottom photo's- When the big rivers are swollen and off color, it pays to look for small brooks in the Mountains.  Here I had fun with small Brookies and colorful Browns.
 8/1/18:  Chris from L.I. with his best fish of the morning!  The Brown took a size #14 beetle.
 7/24/18:  Pouring out on the East branch with fog rolling in, A soft rod is an excellent choice for swinging soft hackles and nymphs!  The next two photo's go along with this topic of soft hackles. 
 7/24/18:  I will swing one fly to three flies in a tandem, soft hackles to nymphs.  Last night it was the Orange and Partridge and a size #20 BH Pheasant tail.  Two nights ago it was the Caddis nymph.  Sometimes you need to experiment with different flies.
 7/24/18:  The rewards of being versatile when fly-fishing, you can catch fish when conditions stink.  Many littles guys makes for a entertaining night!
 7/15/18:  Upper photo Jim from Maryland, with a nice West branch Brown, The Brown took a size #12 Cahill.

7/15/18:  Bottom photo, Jim's son Colby with his first West Branch Brown, again the Brown took a Cahill, size #12. 

 7/14/18:  Mike from NYC, with his first ever West branch of the Delaware Brown. The Brown took a Cahill parachute. 
 7/13/18:  Second Brookie of the year taken in the East branch of the Delaware, the Brookie took a size #22 brown floating nymph. 

   Bottom photo, fishing frog water, this nice Brown took the size #22 brown floating nymph on 7X tippet, it is the reason I love my 4 wt. fiberglass rod, it has such good forgiveness on fine tippet!

 7/13/18:  Summertime means Family time, I have seen these two rascals grow into the fishing world with their dad Charlie, Kelsey and Riley with two nice Large Mouth Bass!  Spend some time with Kids they are our future!  Check out Riley's Hat, a young man with class, it's the reason he out fishes his Dad!  It's all about the hat!
 7/8/18:  Jeff from Westchester, best Brown of four, the Browns took a size #14 beetle.  
 7/8/18:  Top photo, Jeff from Westchester with his best fish of the day, the Brown was very aerobatic and gave us joy as he jumped, East branch of the Delaware, took a size #20 sulpher.

Bottom photo, Blake at the Beaverkill Valley Inn, with his best Brown, the Brown took a size #14 beetle. 

 7/7/18:  The new rule fish, the only fish I landed over 12 inches, this brown a stocked fish on the East was 15 inches!  The Brown took a sulpher cripple. 
 7/3/18:  Best Brown on my 4 wt, fiberglass rod, 20 inches, the Brown took a Sulpher cripple in very slow water. I took 2 other fish also.  Great night on the EB. 
 7/3/18:  Is this the Ghost of Theodore Gordon?  No just Andre in the Fog!  Fishing the East branch!
 7/1/18:  Unusual catch on the East branch of the Delaware, a Brookie that took a CDC Sulpher emerger #16.  
 6/29/18:  A very Pretty East branch of the Delaware Brown, used my 4 wt, fiberglass, took a size #14 sulpher!
  6/29/18:  Sonia from NYC, with her first and best fish of the day, a Beaverkill brown that took a Yellow stimulator.
 6/28/18:  Unusual night on the East branch of the Delaware, where I caught more Rainbows than Browns.  4 to 2, All fish took my Brown floating nymph size #18.  Love my 4 wt Glass rod!
 6/23/18:  My best Brown taken on a Fiberglass rod, 4 wt, 8' 6", Taken on the East branch of the Delaware, the Brown took a sulpher cripple #18.
 6/23/18:  Steve Greer from California with his best fish of the morning, the Brown took a #20 Olive Parachute.
 6/20/18:  Andre netted a very nice East branch Rainbow, took a Green Drake.
 6/15/18:  Top photo, Brown drake spinner, a rare occasion for me to fish.

Bottom Photo:  First Brown 12/13 inches, that took a Brown Drake last chance cripple.  Took a few more biggest being about 16/17 inches

 6/10/18:  Best fish of the Day on the Beaverkill goes to David Pring, the Brown took a size #14 Olive.  
 6/8/18:  Fishing with my Friend Andre on the East Branch, The Brown took a Sulpher, And this Brown was the Andre's smallest, he caught a nice 18/ 19 inch Brown just at Dark.  We also got a few Bows to. Fun night!
 6/8/18:  John from Connecticut with his best West Branch Brown, the Brown took a Sulpher emerger.
 6/2/18:  Father and Son on the Beaverkill!  The Dillon's had a Great day landing 8 or 9 fish, mostly Brown 's and one feisty Rainbow.  Most fish took a Green soft hackle, But Dad's nice fish took a Orange and Partridge.  A few fish took a March Brown pattern.
 5/30/18:  Gary from N.J. second day with me, with a nice Beaverkill Brown swinging soft hackles on a bright sunny day.  Gary had a 15 fish day! 
 5/29/18:  Gary from N.J, with one of his 6 browns caught this afternoon on the Beaverkill.  Browns took a size #10 March brown Parachute.  One Brown took a strap of soft hackles in fast water.  Fun day!
 5/27/18:  Top and bottom photo,  A guides Pickle, who fish do you net first?  Mike and Mike with duel hook ups.  Both fish took a size #12 Ausable wulff.  Both buddies took two fish each out for lessons!
 5/27/18:  The start of Great memories!  Father and Son sharing a moment with a very nice Brown.  The Brown took a size #12 Ausable wulff, on the Beaverkill.  I love these moments!
5/15/18:  Bill from Canada with a nice East Branch of the Delaware Brown.  The Brown took a size #18 Brown floating nymph.
 5/14/18:  Kevin Miller with a nice East Branch of the Delaware Brown!  Brown took a Blue Quill emerger. 
 5/14/18:  Steve Dolce with a nice Beaverkill Brown that took a Caddis pattern.  
5/7/18:  Tim from Rhinebeck with his first Beaverkill Brown!  The brown took a Greensoft hackle size #12.
 5/5/18:  John from NYC with his first ever Beaverkill brown, took a Hendrickson cripple.
4/24/18:  Martin Craig with a nice Brown that took my #12 brown floating nymph.



Tan Caddis
Green caddis
October caddis


Small nymphs now-
Pheasant tails #18-22's
Caddis nymphs #18-22
Hares ear #18

Stoneflies black

Midges, Zebra type #20-24

Prince nymphs