Esopus Creek, New York Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Esopus Creek, New York Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The streams are now fairly low now and very clear. Fish are spooky and have become very selective. It is time to lengthen your leader and downsize your flies. I suggest at least ten feet with the last two feet being 6x. There are a few large flies around but the predominate hatches are Blue Winged Olives and Sulphers both in size #18. Just remember both of these hatches occur either early morning or late evenings.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Esopus Creek is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 274 CFS

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early mornings and late evenings

Best stretch: Stretch behind the Emerson Resort

Best access point: Public parking on the east end of the Emerson

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Terrestrials Caddis Small Olives Sulphers Isonychia

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: April 1 through November 30

Nearest airport: Stewart International

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Esopus Creek Description

The Esopus Creek is located in the north eastern Catskills and is one of many tailwater streams that link together the extensive reservoir system which supplies New York City with some of the purest drinking water on the planet.The main source of water comes from the Schoharie Reservoir and the stream travels several miles to flow directly into the Ashocan Reservoir. The flow of water from the Schoharie Reservoir ...

Techniques & Tips

With summer now in full swing hatches are starting to slow down a bit so terrestrials now become more important to the trout's diet. Most fish will gather in the shady areas of grassy banks. The best way to approach these fish is to stand in the center of the stream and drift your flies from the sunny areas into the shady areas. Try to get your fly as close as possible to the bank because most of the fish are tucked tight to the bank. Try a variety of patterns such as grasshoppers, beetles, and ants. Lately, with the low conditions, the smaller ant patterns have been the most successful.

7-Day Forecast

This week the daytime temperatures are back to normal with highs in the lower eighties. The streams are still fairly low due to the lack of rain. We could see some heavy thunderstorms by the middle of the week. Fishing should be done only in the early mornings or late evenings.

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