Water flow: 417 CFS
Visibility: 12 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 63 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: Early mornings to late evenings
Best stretch: Just below the portal
Best access point: Public parking area just below the portal on Rt. 28
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Caddis Sulphurs Small Olives Isonychias Light Cahills
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: April 1 through November 30
Nearest airport: Stewart International
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line
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 ...
is directed through an underground portal system that delivers very cold water to the Esopus making it one of the premiere trout streams in the world. Unlike most eastern trout streams the rainbow population in the Esopus Creek actually outnumbers the brown population. A large jumping rainbow is my favorite trout on a fly and I have had many days on the Esopus that rival famous western streams. This stream is very friendly to wade and most of the many miles of fishing it represents are accessible to the general public. There is no need to fish shoulder to shoulder in this spacious environment. During the spawn many large breeding fish make their way into the stream from the reservoir and most will make their way back with one of your favorite flies as a souvenir. Because of the migratory behavior of the fish in this stream hiring a local guide would get you into position to lose your flies quicker or maybe even land a few of these wonderful creatures for that perfect picture as your own souvenir.
Water levels on the Esopus are now back to more normal levels.The water is still a little off color, but fishing is still very good for this time of the year. With the water conditions slightly stained the use of stimulator flies will greatly increase your chances of hooking up. My favorite combination this time of the year is a size #10 Yellow Stimulator fly on top with a size #16 Flashback Hares Ear tied about a foot behind as the dropper fly. Due to the higher water levels along with the high angle of the sun many fish will seek more comfortable locations. Undercut banks and grassy shorelines are my favorite targets with these conditions. Look for the shadiest sections of these areas and drift your fly from the bright area into the shaded area. Be ready because the take can be explosive.
The week started with some very cool temperatures for July. Daytime highs were only in the middle seventies with lows at night dropping into the low fifties. Temperatures will return to more readings by the middle of the week with high temperatures back to the middle eighties. This be short lived as yet another cold front quickly follows the warm up.The chance for thunderstorms remains constant as these fronts change back and forth.This should keep the fishing conditions well above normal.