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
We are now into the hot days of summer and water temperatures are starting to rise. It would be best to restrict your fishing to very early morning or late evenings. Be sure to check water temperatures and avoid fishing when readings approach seventy degrees.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Esopus Creek is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

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

The All New Silver Sonic Waders

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

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.

7-Day Forecast

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.

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