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18 May '16

5/18/2016 Tenmile Fishing Report

Matt here and pretty pumped for the local fly game.  The Tenmile river showed signs of an early year about a month back when the air temps were way above average and the rivers were very low.  Since then colder nights and rain has put mother nature back on course.

I spent four hours on the Tenmile last night and lets just say the river is fully awake.  Many smaller stocked fish were splashing around chasing emerging caddis and sporadic mayflies.  This activity was focused on the smoother water with some pace to it.

The larger fish were sitting below the riffles in between the nymping runs and dry fly pools.  The bigger fish did not have to show their noses and were gorging the middle water column hard.  Many small fish on top and some nicer browns below.  The Tenmile is in great shape with both flow and water temp.  GET OUT THERE!

Tight Lines Wet Nets

-Matt

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.  
24 Feb '16

2/24/2016 - Tenmile & Lower Housatonic

This past weekend mother nature offered up some warm temps almost touching 50 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.  With back to back warm days and a little extra juice in the river, we decided to freestone it.  The past month or so has been focused on the Farmington/Croton alike however it was nice to float/stand in some different water this weekend.  

Saturday - 2/20/2016
Tom Z took an early season float on the Tenmile this Saturday.  Around 2pm they reported size 12 black stones on the boat and sputtering around.  The water was about 40 degrees with a flow of 400cfs.  Tom noted that the river looked good considering abnormal winter.   
Sunday - 2/21/2016
On Sunday myself and guide Frank Degrazio brought out a group of guys new to the area.  We fished the Lower TMA on the Housatonic River which is open year round catch and release. 
Sundays weather was an overcast morning with the sun breaking around noon.  As soon at the sun popped and the temperature climbed, we saw the 2pm stoneflies Tom reported the day before.  
 
While walking into our location however, we noticed a handful of darters and a four inch smallmouth dead in a side braid.  As the flows rise and fall and the days get cold and warm, smaller fish get stuck in side channels.  The fish will occasionally get frozen into the ice.  
We tied on white whooley buggers with some flash to imitate the dead pale darters.  The action was slow overall however two anglers did hook up, with one providing a customer with a great fight.
Fun had by all, and the warm temps made for a great day on the Lower TMA.  
Fly On,
Matt
ps. check out this weekends forecast at the bottom of the pictures!
Housatonic River TMA Winter Stonefly - Anglers Den
Tenmile Housatonic Fly Fishing - Anglers Den
Tenmile River Fly Fishing - Anglers Den
10 DAY FORECAST - PAWLING NY