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          "The 2019 Fly-Fishing Season"                August 22, 2019, 6:00 AM
"Flow's subject to change based on Mother nature" 


New York:

Wappingers Creek   82 cfs  Unavailable warm/low
Ten Mile              142 cfs Unavailable  warm/low

Beaverkill        178 cfs     70.0 degrees  warm
East Branch        194 cfs    58.8 degrees  wade

West Branch       670 cfs   53.9 degrees   wade
 "Hale Eddy"              

Delaware            1040 cfs    68.9 degrees warm
Neversink             131 cfs    61.7 degrees  wade

 "Cornwall"        309 cfs     Unavailable    low/warm

Farmington      161 cfs       Unavailable  wade

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

Best Bet:  Tailwater time! 

"Wappinger creek, Ten Mile, Beaverkill & Willowemoc to warm for trout" 

*  To warm to fish in Lordville area of the Mainstem.

**  Neversink Bridgeville area and below morning fishing recommended.   
Bugs:  Trico's, Olives mix sizes, Tan caddis, sulphers 18's & 20's, Iso's,  Cahill.


8/21/19:  Guided full day trip yesterday, We went to the West branch, the morning was fair, did the dry dropper rig and scored some fish on the dropper.  Moved to the lower West branch where it was quite till about dark, small olives just a couple of fish.  Fun day with Dan and Jason both learned a lot. Photo below: 

8/17/19:  Did a half day guide trip yesterday 4 - 8PM, Went well, fish were rising to emergers so I set up a dropper rig with a soft hackle in the middle and a pheasant tail as the bottom fly.  That was the ticket for Steve Sr. as huge trout were taking the nymph.  Alex "son inlaw"  placed his first brown in the net using a tan caddis.  We fished the East branch which could be tough for new Anglers. 

8/16/19:   We had a few cells last night that were intense, brought the rivers up just a bit.  Seems the West branch either got the most or they are doing a release.  Fished the East yesterday again, didn't do as well as the day before, placed a couple in the net.  Here's the head shaker, You see Olives on the water and in the air, you tie on your favorite Olive pattern to size.  Expect the Trout to jump all over it right?  Nope! So I tied on a Tan Caddis that worked the day before, a #16 Caddis X and a Elk hair adult, they were on it, now there were none emerging or in the air, why did they eat it?  What happened to matching the hatch?  Sometimes you just need to show them something different that their used to seeing from time to time.  Follow me on Instagram to see pic's, Joeatcatskillflies.

8/15/19:  Fished the East branch yesterday afternoon till dark, fun,  placed a few in the net and missed a few, olives were the ticket, but did manage one on a tan caddis and a rusty spinner. In the shop today, some thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon.  

8/14/19:  Freestones are low once again, getting warm quick. I fished the west branch yesterday, Gamelands is a nursery to young trout, Olives were the ticket. Had a encounter with a young black bear at Gamelands, I don't know who crapped first me or him.  Guiding today half day. 

8/11/19:  Wow waking up to 50 degrees air temp this morning in Cook Falls, thinking of turning the heat on!  Rivers are in fair shape as far as flows, long leaders a must with fine tippet. The other night I did ok on the East branch with Caddis and my Brown floating nymph #22, placed a few in the net.  Water temps everywhere in the Catskills today will be fine.  Take advantage of this while it's still August. Sulphers, Olives, Iso's and Cahills are still the main ticket, Trico's are about along with Tan caddis. Spinners are abundant, and Ants during the day.   

8/9/19:  Guided yesterday lessons with Chris from Canada, He did well with the casting and did real well with mending and presentation, as he placed 5 browns in the net on Spinners and midges during the morning. Photo below:  This morning in the Catskills all rivers are in Great shape!

8/8/19:  Rivers specially the Willow and Beaverkill got some much needed rain yesterday, but today they are off color.  Dodge a bullet yesterday guiding full day, we were on the East branch and managed to miss these storms, My client doc, placed a couple of browns in the net on spinners and sulphers. 

8/7/19:  Catskills rivers are rising, some more than others, as of now East and West branches are holding. Beaverkill and Willowemoc rising along with mainstem and Neversink. 

8/5/19:  Did a lesson yesterday on the East branch, Mike and Liz, They got the casting down and presentation, Mike had 4 hook-ups but didn't place the fish in the net.  Fun morning with rusty spinners #20. 

8/3/19:  We need rain, all rivers except the West branch is low.  East branch is cold enough in the upper section but long fine leaders are recommended for dry fly fishing.  Sulphers, Olives, Iso's are still the ticket, during the day try ants.  Midges are playing a important part now of the Trout's diet.  Try a Zebra midge as a dropper off of a dry fly!?

8/1/19:  Fished the East yesterday afternoon after locking up the shop.  Sulphers all over the water.  Trout were on the spinner in the beginning, then later they took a size #20 BWO.  On East flow is low, so long leaders and 7X was the ticket to placing a few fish in the net. 

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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. 
 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! 
10/5/18:  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.


Sulphers #18/20's
White mayfly
Golden drake

Tan caddis
Green sedge

"Ant's"  Black/cinnamon


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