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23 Apr '16

4/23/2016 Fishing Report

4/23/2016 Fishing Report

Local fishing has begun to pick back up.  We had some great days a week back when the warm weather rolled in.  We then saw a stretch of cold nights that offset the water temps.  The Tenmile and Lower TMA start going good at 53 degrees.  A week back the lower TMA touched 50 which produced fish but water temps dropped back with the cold nights.  FRI into SAT will be warm and with 80’s on Friday and a low of 55 at night...Saturday should produce fish local fish.

The Catskills have been very good to us this week.  Some of the “old guys” fished to midweek fish on the Beaverkill and Willow while others got fish via dry on the East and West of the Delaware.  

The flows are low across the board which has provided great wading access.  See local flows here: http://www.anglersden.net/pages/usgs-river-flow-charts

Bens Big "hog johnson" on Thursday

Friday Afternoon Tenmile

 

 

 

4/17/16  GUIDE FRANK D REPORT: Locally on the watershed things have quieted down.  The Hendricksons are fading fast, look for spinners in the evenings.  The caddis are hatching so that should motivate the fish.  Water temps are creeping into the lower 50's, but the flows are dropping.  Hopefully we get some rain soon.  Hare and coppers, black and tan czechs all took fish this weekend.  We didn't see any risers even with the amount of bugs on the water.  I always like when the caddis start, its gets the fish feeding opportunistically throughout the day.  Look to use cased caddis, X caddis, and caddis larve patterns along with czech nymphs.  Stay untill dark if you are fishing the spinners.


The Housy should be at a nice fishable level this week, and hopefully the bugs will kick into gear when the water drops to under 1000 cfs.

Good Luck!

 


​Tight Lines!
24 Mar '16

Preseason is over! 3/24/2016

Franks Report: In a weeks time it will be Opening Day Eve, and the conditions haven't been this good since 2013.  There is a great buzz around the shop and cliets are booking trips!  The water temps are almost 10 degrees higher than they were last year, and we have already had fish rising to a number of bugs.  The flows are at a good level, and with some rain in the forecast they will only improve.  The rest of the stocking will continue next week and the fish will have plenty of time to spread out and get acclimated.  I haven't see such quality and healthy fish in a long time.  The DEC hit a home run with the quality of fish that they sent us this year.  The number of holdover fish in the East Branch is solid, and I hope the other rivers have some as well.  The bug situation, and quality of the water is excellent.  The river beds are loaded with caddis, and mayfly nymphs, just waiting to hatch.  I think we will see Hendricksons by the second week of April.  The crew at The Anglers Den has been working tirelessly to prepare for opening day.  We are stocked to the gills in materials, equipment and flies!  Our Pro Staff has been out all over area scouting and helping gather the most up to date reports.  Fish have been taken this week in the East Branch of the Croton, 10 Mile TMA (CT), and the Lower and Upper TMA of the Housy.  Check out www.anglersden.net and click on 2016 Reports. 

As many of you know, there has been a lot of illegal activity in the Croton Watershed the last few years.  There has been a change in leadership in our local DEP Police, and Capt. Gallagher has really stepped up to the plate, and tackled the issues head on.  To date, there have been arrests, the dismantling of four illegal camping/living sites, numerous clean ups, and a renewed enforcement of the watershed rules in out area.  Expect to see more of a DEP police presence, so make sure you are carrying all of your permits!  Please pay attention for illegal activity, and please report accordingly.  The Croton Watershed TU, led by Conservation Chair Chris Auletta has been  very influential in helping bring about this new partnership and the positive changes.  The areas look great, and I am very hopeful that the watershed is headed in the right direction.  
15 Mar '16

East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016

East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016

Flows have come down to 130 cfs, which is a great flow to fish.  This weekend started out with a Saturday morning trip in which I was able to nymph up two nice silver browns.  The hits were so light, if I wasn't czech nymphing I would have never felt the hits.  

Both fish came on hare and coppers, which will be available for purchase at the Anglers Den very soon.  I did have one hit on a small black stone, but no takers on anything else.  The water temperature is right at 43 degrees, which is about 5-7 degrees from what will get the bugs really going.  on 3/19/15, the temperature was 36 degrees!

I did see some Hendrickson nymphs in the drift, but they could have just gotten loose from the flows.  I did sample the drift Sunday morning, and there were very few bugs, some small green caddis, a couple of tiny olives and a Hendrickson nymph.   Sunday afternoon I did see a few tan caddis here and there.  I even saw two rise as I was leaving around 6:45 pm. The fish are still in the slower water.  I did manage a couple more, one brown and a bow.

I found some water that was a little warmer and much slower than what I got the other fish in.  This definitely increased the power of the takes, and the fight of the fish.  The fish hit the hare n copper and small olive nymphs.

East Branch Brown TroutLooks like some rain for Monday, but the temps should help warm the water,  I think things will be 2-3 weeks early, will we see Hendricksons by opening day????

 

13 Mar '16

East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016

East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016

Flows have come down to 130 cfs, which is a great flow to fish.  This weekend started out with a Saturday morning trip in which I was able to nymph up two nice silver browns.  The hits were so light, if I wasn't czech nymphing I would have never felt the hits.  

Both fish came on hare and coppers, which will be available for purchase at the Anglers Den very soon.  I did have one hit on a small black stone, but no takers on anything else.  The water temperature is right at 43 degrees, which is about 5-7 degrees from what will get the bugs really going.  on 3/19/15, the temperature was 36 degrees!

I did see some Hendrickson nymphs in the drift, but they could have just gotten loose from the flows.  I did sample the drift Sunday morning, and there were very few bugs, some small green caddis, a couple of tiny olives and a Hendrickson nymph.   Sunday afternoon I did see a few tan caddis here and there.  I even saw two rise as I was leaving around 6:45 pm. The fish are still in the slower water.  I did manage a couple more, one brown and a bow.

I found some water that was a little warmer and much slower than what I got the other fish in.  This definitely increased the power of the takes, and the fight of the fish.  The fish hit the hare n copper and small olive nymphs.

East Branch Brown TroutLooks like some rain for Monday, but the temps should help warm the water,  I think things will be 2-3 weeks early, will we see Hendricksons by opening day????