Looks like this weekend will be a repeat of the excellent fishing conditions we’ve had for the last two consecutive weekends. As a result, fishing is finally really starting to turn on. With a continued warming trend in the forecast, and with creeks, streams, and rivers flowing nicely, it will be a great weekend to get out and fly fish. Here’s the fishing report for the week ahead:
- Catskill River Trout: Fishing conditions for the Catskill rivers continue to improve. Water temps are up courtesy of a string of nights above freezing and some warmer days. Most of the rivers are around 45 degrees, plus or minus. Flows remain wadeable in the entire Catskill river system. The bug story remains little black stones, little black caddis, BWO’s, blue quills, and quill gordons but the long awaited hendrickson is starting to show itself as well. There are numerous reports of some risers and dry fly fishing in general will only improve with our spring warm trend.
- Local Creek / Stream Trout: Local creeks remain in great shape right now, though my own personal observation of the Owego Creek is there aren’t many anglers partaking. Black stoneflies, small caddis, and BWO’s are the main bugs about. Nymphing and fishing streamers will work best right now. Stocking continues through May.
- Finger Lake Tribs: Lake-run rainbows should still be about and browns and landlocked salmon are also a possibility this time of year. Fishing nymphs, egg patterns, and streamers will all produce. As water temps rise, be ready for smallmouth bass as they will enter the tribs in pre-spawn mode.
- Salmon River: The Salmon River continues to drop and is now at 700 CFS at Pineville. Dropbacks are being caught and there are reports that the tribs to the Salmon as well as its river braids have been good places to find fish. At the same time, fresh fish have been caught in the DSR – fish that have possibly entered the river to race up and spawn. The bottom line is that anglers need to be ready to fish egg patterns, nymphs, and streamers if they want to catch steelhead that are pre-spawn, spawning, and post-spawn as fish in all three stages are being found throughout the river. River temps are on the rise – up in the mid-40’s and possibly higher. Streamers will be a better choice as spawning completes and the fish start feeding on their way back to the lake.
- Warmwater Rivers: The warmwater river report remains the same. All of the local warmwater rivers are droppingvery nicely. As of this writing the upper Susquehanna is closing on breaking 4,000 CFS and will be start to be wadeable / fishable below 2,000. Smallies are being caught in some of the tributary creeks to the rivers and in the main rivers by spin fishermen fishing jigs from boats. Fishing the mouths of the trib creeks will start to get better as the river water temperature increases. As the rivers clear and drop, shallower bays, eddies, and river braids could be good places to look for pre-spawn smallmouth bass. Best flies are large nymphs and streamers.
- Toothy critter opening: Remember that northern pike, walleye, tiger musky, and pickerel seasons open on Saturday, May 2nd. We still have a while before musky open up.
Not as many events to report this weekend:
- The Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of IFFF will be holding its monthly chapter meeting on Monday, May 4 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Program speaker will be none other than Rick Kustich, Great Lakes expert steelhead fly fisherman. This will be a great event to attend for those who have “steel” in their veins!
- The Beaverkill Angler will once again be offering FREE Orvis Fly Fishing 101 Classes for 2015. The shop reports that this event has been so popular that they will now be offering classes EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY from now through October 11th! This is a great introduction for people who want to get into the sport, or for those beginners who are just looking for a little more insight and instruction. Classes will be held at 2:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday from mid April until early October. These classes are FREE to attend but size will be limited each day to maximize the experience for everybody participating, so be sure to call the shop to reserve your spot.
The weekend should be pretty nice in terms of fishing conditions. There are rain showers forecast for Friday (60%) but Saturday and Sunday should be very nice. Turkey season opens Friday, May 1st, and this will pull some fly anglers off the rivers and open fishing up a bit hopefully.