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04 May '17

Ten Mile River (NY & CT)

Posted by Thomas Zarecki


Trout fishing on the Ten Mile River from Dover to Wingdale areas are picking up every day. The water clarity is at about 80% and waiting on some more consistent surface activity. The best bet is to throw a streamer around and try to locate where the fish are holding. Then dial in with some nymphing or a dry dropper. 

The fishing in the TMA (Trout Management Area) in the Connecticut section of the Ten Mile River is in perfect condition at the moment. (accessed from the Bulls Bridge, Appalachian Trail head) From our experience we project these conditions will last for about another 6 weeks. The water temps rise pretty quickly on this river and levels will continue to drop everyday if we do not have a consistent rainfall. 

*update* 5/5/17

Went down again in the afternoon 4-630pm on 5/4/17 and it is amazing what 24hrs can do. The water temps dropped 4-5 degrees from the day before. We had a cold night and I think the warmer runoff water from the previous days rainfall worked itself through the system. The sudden change in water temperature seemed to shut down the fish activity. I went from the day before landing a half a dozen and missing at least a dozen more to just only getting 1 and missed 4. On a positive note I rolled a large brown 17-18" class on a small streamer. That was encouraging. So, that's fishing.. one day it is hot and the next day can be a whole new story. Good Luck and don't get discouraged if you are not able to find fish right away. I was out there for about 2 hours and only had a flurry of action for a 10-15min stretch and then nothing. I will be back for revenge....

Hatches: Caddis, Hendricksons, Yellow Sally's, Midges, Blk Stones

Fly Patterns:


Prince Nymphs, Hares Ears, Soft Hackles, Copper Johns, Stoneflys 

Try a variety of sizes from (12-16)


Hendricksons, Rusty Spinners, Elk Hair Caddis (Tan) Stimulators, Yellow Sally's


All sizes and colors ( fish were chasing everything regardless of size or color)

I had success with a B.H. Woolly Buggers in Olive, White, or Black.

Water Temps:

The water temps in the lower section of the TMR are already in the low 60's towards the end of the day. These trout are a bit more acclimated to warmer temperatures and seem to be most active and on the feed between 58-67 degrees. Once we go beyond that point the small mouth will take over. Lots of fun!

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