Water flow: 195 CFS
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Late mornings to early evenings
Best stretch: The junction pool where the Westkill meets the Schoharie.
Best access point: The public parking area at the west end of the town of Lexington.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Caddis Small Olives March Browns
Fish species: Trout and Small Mouth Bass
Fishing season: April 1-October 15
Nearest airport: Albany International
Recommended fly fishing leader: 7 ½ Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 8' 6" 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout WF
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip
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
One of the best techniques for fishing multiple zones, while several hatches are occuring, is to fish with multiple flies. The combination of a weighted nymph and a wet fly fished together will cover two important zones. My most successful combination of late has been a size #14 Prince Nymph in the lead followed by a size #16 March Brown wet. I like to tie the March Brown wet about twelve inches behind the Prince Nymph. To cover all zones effectively cast this combination straight upstream and fish it like you would most nymphs, but allow the flies to swing all the way around to a holding position. Let them set for a few seconds in the current before slowly stripping them back to you. If you get no action try a variety of slow and fast strips to encourage a strike.
Most of the week there will be a chance of showers with daytime highs in the low seventies and lows at night in the middle fifties. The rivers are a little low for this time of the year so this current pattern is very welcome.