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
The cooler weather this week will bring back the bite. With the fall spawning Browns moving into the system there are good chances of catching some trophy fish. Target the deeper pockets with streamer and larger stimulator patterns. These breeders will strike almost anything that invades their territory.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Esopus Creek is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: CFS 315

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Late mornings or early evenings

Best stretch: Stretch of river behind the Emerson Resort

Best access point: Public parking area east side of the resort

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Isonychia Blue Winged Olives Caddis Sulphers Light Cahill

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: April 1 through November 30

Nearest airport: Stewart International

Person Fishing in a stream

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

As we approach late summer insect activity is starting to slow down. Terrestrials are now the most important food source. This is the perfect time to use the Hopper Dropper rig. Your top fly can be a grasshopper pattern or any good size stimulator pattern. I like using a size #12 or #10 for this purpose. Your dropper should be tied at least twelve to eighteen inches behind the top fly. Go fairly small with the dropper. I like using a size #18 bead head Prince Nymph or ant pattern for my dropper. Target shaded, deeper areas of the stream where there are over hanging vegetation or trees. Insects are constantly falling into the water under these conditions. Most fish eat your bottom fly so pay close attention to your top fly. Most fish this time of the year feed much less aggressively so your top fly may not sink like a bobber. It may just hesitate slightly through the drift as the fish sips in the dropper. The fish that eats your top fly will probably be the best fish of the season.

7-Day Forecast

After a warm start to the week temperatures will drop dramatically. The cold front will bring in some much needed rain. Blue Winged Olives will become the predominant hatch. Be prepared to switch to streamers if no insects are present.

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