Learn the Fly-Tying Basics for Free
Fly Tying 101
Learn fly-tying basics in one of our free Fly Tying 101 classes. Perfect for beginners, join us on any of the Saturday dates listed below. If you're interested in participating in one of these classes, ask an Orvis Associate for details.
January: 17th, 24th, 31st
Class spaces are limited. Call or stop by to reserve a spot. Be sure to ask about our intermediate and advanced classes!
Please see store associates or call 212-867-0212 for details. All classes will be held at our 489 Fifth Avenue location.
Upcoming Seminars and Events
Please see store associates or call 212-867-0212 for information on upcoming classes and seminars this season.
Learn the Fly-Fishing Basics for Free
Fly Fishing 101 & 201
Fly Fishing 101
Fly Fishing 201
A free Trout Unlimited Membership—a $35 value—is included for all FF101 and FF201 graduates. Upon completion of the course, you will receive special in-store offers, valid for the purchase of Orvis products.
Please see store associates or call 212-867-0212 for details.
Fly Fishing 301 – A Day on the Water
Thank you for your interest in our Fly Fishing 301 program, but the 2014 seminar is full! Please check back next year for more classes and seminars.
Whether you have come up through the Orvis FF101/201 program or you are someone that just wants a little guidance on how to become a better fly fisher, nothing beats time on the water with a knowledgeable guide or instructor. Our FF301 program is the next step in your fly-fishing education. Designed to give you a great on-the-water fly-fishing experience, the day's instruction is built around specific techniques and local fisheries.
Please see store associates or call 212-827-0698 for details.
Local Fly Fishing Information
Our area covers Westchester and Putnam Counties to the north, Sullivan and Delaware Counties to the northwest (the Catskill Mountains), northern New Jersey, and all the salt water you can throw a rock at, from the Jersey shore to Montauk Point, Long Island. We fish for brown, rainbow, and brook trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and, in the salt, striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, weakfish, and more. We also have a nice run of shad in the Hudson and Delaware Rivers in the spring. Striped bass run up those same two rivers also. Other less-fished (and therefore possibly more abundant) species include walleye, perch, sunfish, pickerel, carp, and pike.
We also have lampreys that run up the Delaware in the spring but those things scare the hell out of me. Just imagine sneaking up on a spawning commotion in the tail of a pool and come to find out its two prehistoric slimy three foot tubes of blood-sucking muscle doing the Lambada together. If I ever caught one I wouldn’t know how to get it off my line. Just cut the line and count my blessings, I guess.
Our freshwater streams run the gamut from tiny headwater brookie streams to large tailwaters, and from stocked to totally wild waters. Some of our trout water is accessible by train running north out of Grand Central Station in the middle of Manhattan, with a short walk to good trout water. What could be better? The jewel in the crown of our water, however, is the Delaware River, a wild tailwater stream, where 30+ inch browns are taken every year.
NOTE: for the Westchester and Putnam County streams (Croton system, Amawalk, Beaver Dam Brook, Cross River, Titicus River), in addition to your NY state fishing license, you will need a NYC DEP permit (Department of Environmental Protection). The permit is free, but required. Go tohttp://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/watershed/pdf/accesspermit.pdf to fill out the form. It takes a few weeks to get it back, so plan ahead.
License is valid from October 1-September 30. Trout season opens April 1, closes October 15, with some exceptions. There is no license required for saltwater fishing.
There is some limited fishing access in Manhattan, but the best fishing off of Manhattan is by boat. If you prefer to wade in the surf, the best access is at Montauk Point, Long Island, or Sandy Hook, NJ.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: anywhere from your back yard to 4 hours to Montauk.
EAST BRANCH CROTON RIVER: This River is accessible by train from Grand Central Station at 42 nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. Take the Harlem Line to Brewster, NY. Coming out of the station at Brewster, turn right and walk down the main street of town. About ½ mile down the road you will cross the river. You can fish upstream or downstream from there. This is a small stocked creek with good public access. Best fished early in the year.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
WEST BRANCH CROTON RIVER: This River is also accessible by train from Grand Central Station. Again, take the Harlem Line, and get off at the Croton Falls station. Coming out of the station, proceed north on Route 22, turn left to cross the river, turn left on Route 202. You can fish upstream or downstream from here, but upstream is better. This is an excellent small stream, with stocked and holdover browns, and some wild reproduction. It is slightly smaller than the East Branch Croton. Fishing is also a little tighter due to more riparian brush.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: approximately 1 hour
OTHER WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM COUNTY STREAMS: The Amawalk, Beaver Dam Brook, Cross River, Titicus River. A DEP permit is required for all these streams.
WILLOWEMOC CREEK: The Willow is a beautiful, undammed freestone stream. Due to public access limitations, the most frequently fished area is from Livingston Manor to its junction with the Beaverkill in Roscoe, along Route 17. The Willow holds stocked browns, with plenty of holdovers and good natural reproduction. It offers plenty of classic riffle-run-pool environments for good aquatic insect diversity. It is best fished from early spring to mid summer.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: approximately 2 hours
BEAVERKILL: The Beaverkill is also an undammed freestone stream. Like the Willowemoc, there are a lot of private fishing clubs on its upper stretches, so access is limited. The best fishing is from Junction Pool in Roscoe, downstream to its junction with the East Branch Delaware River. There is plenty of public access on this stretch, which runs roughly parallel to Route 17. the BK fishes well all year.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: approximately 2 hours
EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER: From the Pepacton Dam in Downsville downstream to where it meets the West Branch to form the Delaware River is a prime tailwater fishery. It holds stocked browns, with plenty of holdovers and good natural reproduction. Stealth, good imitations, and perfect presentation are the keys to success here.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours
WEST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER: Possibly the heaviest fished, but arguably best, tailwater river in our area. The West Branch is a wild river where 30-plus inch browns are taken every year. It is not an easy river- long fine leaders are the norm of the day- but the rewards can be truly great. The tailwater section runs from the Cannonsville Dam in Deposit, NY to the junction with the East Branch below Hancock. There can be traffic jams of drift boats in the summer, with curses and clenched fists flying, but a little exploring will take you away from the crowds.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: 2 ½ to 3 hours
DELAWARE RIVER: From the junction pool below Hancock, NY down to Calicoon is considered the best section for trout. A wild tail water, the Delaware is one of the finest rivers in the east (or at least we think so). Flow management has been the subject of heated debate here for many years. In trying to balance conservation and recreation versus water for 10 million faucets in NYC, one can see how the fish usually take the brunt. Nonetheless, the browns and rainbows thrive here, with excellent pocket water and riffles, and pools that run up to 200 yards long with fish almost always rising. Trying to catch them is another matter. Again, a close imitation, a perfect presentation, and long, fine leaders will give you an advantage.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: 2 ½ to 3 hours
NEVERSINK RIVER: The best area with the most access is from the Neversink Dam down to the Neversink Gorge, then the Neversink Gorge Unique Area, and then downstream to the Nature Conservancy property in Cuttebackville. Above the Neversink Dam are mostly private fishing clubs with little or no public access. The Gorge is accessed from Exit 113 on Route 17, taking Katrina Falls Road to the end. A primitive trail takes you down the gorge to the river. The rocks are very big and slippery here, and the water moves fast through treacherous pocket water. I highly recommend studded boots and a wading staff. This is probably not the river for the elderly, those with medical conditions, or obese persons. The rest of us can be rewarded with a wild fishery in a truly wild environment. Keep an eye out for bears and coyotes.
DISTANCE FROM NYC: approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes
OTHER CATSKILL RIVERS: Esopus Creek, Fir Brook, Schoharie Creek (Art Flick’s home waters), Rondout Creek (excellent smallmouth bass fishing), and more brooks than we could possibly name here. Contact Orvis Endorsed guide Ray Ottulich (845.657.9522) for info on fishing these systems.
NEW JERSEY RIVERS: Pequest River, Kenlockwood Gorge of the Raritan River, Big Flatbrook, Musconetcong River, Ramapo River. Also the Delaware River at the Water Gap. These tend to be small stocked streams, with no small amount of fishing pressure on them; nonetheless, NJ’ites love them, and catch plenty of fish. A three to four weight line is perfect. If you fish the Delaware at the Water gap, you will need a 6 weight for smallies, and a 7 to 8 weight for shad. Fishing from a canoe or motorized boat is best on the Delaware.
OTHER SYSTEMS TO THE NORTH: We have excellent Great Lakes steelhead and salmon fishing to the north as close as 4 ½ hours away, and the Adirondack Mountains (home of the Ausable River and the infamous fly tier and entrepreneur Francis Betters-Ausable Wulff, the Haystack, the Usual) are approximately 5 hours north of NYC.
HATCH CHART: Please note that this hatch chart is for the southern Catskill region (Beaverkill/Delaware system). Other areas will vary slightly in species and emergence dates.
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Fishing Manager: Rob Ceccarini
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