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08 Oct '22

Croton Watershed River Report Update

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

Fishing on the Croton has been good this week!

Getting lots of reports of active and catchable fish. Reports of some areas having consistent dry fly action this week was refreshing to hear. The rain spiked the West and the East Branch but both have returned back to normal flows. The West Branch flow at Kent Cliffs is 15.8 CFS and wasnt impacted much by the rain, the West Branch towards Croton Falls is 48.5 CFS and is settled after the rain it was up and down for a couple days but seems to have regulated itself, and the East Branch in Brewster is running at 52.2 CFS after the spike to 66 CFS.

Bugs on the water are Blue Winged Olives and Flying ants. Smaller fly sizes are better and match the bugs on the water rather than a larger presentation. There's been more fish rising consistently in the past week or so in longer flat pools so presentation is important. If you happen to find some suface activity be sure to use light tippet and a delicate presentation. 

If you’re not finding fish on surface try running a tandem nymph rig under an indicator through riffled water, generic nymph patterns like pheasant tails and "mop" flies have been reported to be working. Slow and low presentations. Keeping your nymphs near the bottom of the water column where the fish are holding will increase your chances and when seeing fish rise make sure to put yourself in the best possible position for a drag free drift.

Looks like we are going to be have beautiful weather this weekend and with current conditions the fishing outlook is great!  Be sure to move around and try new spots. 

Bugs on the water at the moment are Blue Winged Olives, Flying ants, and Midges.

Fly patterns that have been working for anglers are our Bunny Midge Spinner, and our Smiths Flying ants for dry flies, for nymphing lots of patterns have been producing, our Arizona hares Ear, Princess Nymph, and small traditional pheasant tails as well. Make sure to be fishing small flies, as the season progresses the bugs on the water get smaller. Lots of fish to catch and they have been turning on so get out there! 

22 Sep '22

Croton Watershed River Report - September 2022

Posted by Jack Wilkinson in brown trout, Croton Watershed, ebcrotonriver, Fly Fishing

Croton Watershed River Report - September 2022

The Croton Watershed has been fishing decently, fishing with a little more emphasis on technicality has been needed to have a successful day on the water. 

The East Branch of the Croton has jumped up momentarily to 65 cfs after the rain this morning.  The rain last week provided a slight bump in levels compared to the 48 cfs.

 The West Branch of the Croton in Croton Falls is running around 83 cfs from 48cfs yesterday. 

The West Branch Croton towards Kent Cliffs is running around 17 CFS. With the rain today we should expect the flows to bump again to a better and more fishable level and with the drop in temperature on average it's looking like fishing will be good and a little more accessible (more water to fish).

To find fish you must keep moving and look for deeper holes and pockets where the fish will be holding. Nymphing has been most successful but fishing a streamer after the rain will be productive. 

Nymph Patterns : that have been working have been Arizona Hares Ears, Midges, Pheasant Tails, and variations of small generic mayfly nymphs in sizes down to 22s.

Dry Fly activity can be good in the morning and the afternoons with fish rising to midges, Blue Winged Olives, and the occasional sulfurs in the evening even though the bugs are tapering out  the fish are used to seeing them and take out of instinct while blind casting. Bug sizes have been small, 18-22s. 

Streamers drifted or retrieved through deep holes should also produce active and predatory fish when you can find them. 

Fishing should begin to heat up with this cold weather coming in. Anglers Den shop patron landed this beautiful rainbow trout out of the Croton while nymphing recently and is just getting me excited for the fall fishing and should be for you as well!!!

11 Sep '22

Croton Watershed Fishing Report (Putnam Co. NY)

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

Croton Watershed Fishing Report (Putnam Co. NY)


The Croton Watershed has been fishing well recently if you can find where the fish are holding. We had about three inches of rain the earlier this week which bumped the flows up to very fishable waters. But as I write this the East Branch has recovered from the rain to a low flow of around 46 cfs, the West Branch or the Croton River spiked massively to around 240 cfs and has been steadily dropping back to around 30 cfs near Croton Falls while around Boyds Corner its back to a low flow of around 10 cfs.

I was fortunate enough to be able to fish it twice this week and had success nymphing deeper runs, pocket water and keeping the flies low and slow in the water column.

There were steady fishing rising and responding to dry flies but you had to approach quietly and have a more delicate presentation to be successful. The sulphurs are still on the water but very few of them. Fish are responding to dries, most of the bug activity is blue winged olives and midges.

Fish morning and evening to have the best shot at catching. The low flows arent great for us but that doesn't mean you can't go out to get some fresh air and do some scouting for the fall fishing when the rain picks up again.

Productive Fly Patterns Available at the shop:

Nymphs: Arizona Hare’s Ear (Assorted Sizes), WD-40 Olive Sz 20, Zebra Midges, Perdigons 

Dries: Assorted Blue Wing Olives, Griffiths Gnat, Small Spinners