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
With the warmer water temperatures this week targeting trout should be done only early mornings or late evenings. If you want to fish the other hours of the day the smallmouth fishing is excellent right now. Target the lower stretches of the river with top water flies. Bright frog patterns have been the best as of late.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Esopus Creek is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: CFS 311

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early mornings or late 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

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

With water temperatures perfect and insect activity high the fish are definitely feeding. However a lot of fishermen are not catching. Most failures are due to the fly not being in the feeding zone. With multiple hatches going on simultaneously right now you have to figure out what hatch stage the fish feeding In. They could be feeding on the nymphs on the bottom. They could be feeding in the emerging zone located somewhere between the top and bottom. Those feeding on top should be obvious to all. With all this feeding going on what zone do you target? My answer is all. I always fish two or three flies this time of the year. I like combining a heavy nymph with a emerger pattern or wet fly. Sometimes all three will be the most deadly. To cover all zones start you drift well upstream with a high straight line. Allow the flies to pass by you before dropping the tip of the rod downstream. Let the flies swing totally downstream then slowly lift the tip of the rod to bring the flies slowly up to the surface. Hesitate a few seconds before lifting the flies completely out of the water. Many fish are caught just before you start you next cast.

7-Day Forecast

Most of the week will be warm and humid. There will also be a chance of thunderstorms most days so make sure to monitor the weather carefully. Most hatches will occur really early or late evenings.

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