Water flow: 17 CFS
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Late mornings through early evenings
Best stretch: The public fishing area behind the park in Prattsville
Best access point: Public parking area behind the baseball field.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Caddis Small Olives Sulphers Isonychia Terrestrials
Fish species: Trout and Small Mouth Bass
Fishing season: Season Apri 1 - October 15
Nearest airport: Albany International
Recommended fly fishing leader: 12 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 6X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 8' 6" 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line
The Schoharie Creek is located in the heart of the northern Catskills and flows into the Schoharie Reservoir which is hte first link in the chain of the extensive reservoir system that supplies New York City with some of the purest drinking water in the world. Not being a tailwater stream it has all the characteristics of a real, wild, mountain, trout stream. Its gin clear water makes for breath taking beauty ...
and spooky fish. The stream is littered with huge boulders that offer the fish plenty of shelter to hide during the midday hours, while most feeding occurs either early morning or especially in the evenings. This is one stream that does not easily relinquish its secrets. One must put in some time and effort to receive the many rewards this beautiful stream has to offer. The Schoharie represents a true experience for the purist fly fisherman. Hiring a local guide for the day will definitely enhance this experience. The fish population of the Schoharie Creek is mostly Browns with a few Rainbows in the lower section that flows into the Schoharie Reservoir. The stream is stocked every year with several thousand fish and many wil hold over for several years after to become strong, big, and healthy. Several breeding fish, from the reservoir, will come into the stream every year presenting the opportunity for you to actually see your backing. Many years ago Art Flick, with the support of the D.E.C., designed a barrier dam to protect the trout from predation by the large population of migrating Small Mouth Bass and Walleye that inhabit the reservoir. Below the barrier dam, during the warm summer months when the trout fishing start to cool down, some of the best Small Mouth action on a fly rod you could imagine heats up. As fall approaches the leaves and the Browns take on spectacular hues of color that mark the climax of the season. This is the very best fishing of the season as the trout go into a feeding frenzy to fatten themselves for the long harsh winter ahead. Call to book your trip (518)263-4223 ext 2233
The regular trout season on the Schoharie is closed for the year. It will reopen once again April 1.
The trout season on the Schoharie is now closed. It will reopen April 1.