The Beaverkill has received some much-needed rain to keep water levels favorable for mid-summer fishing. As during most of the warmer summer days, the best fishing times remain during the early mornings and evenings up until dark, when air temperatures are a bit lower. Look for areas where the sun is not shining directly on the water for better trout activity; overcast and cloudy days will provide easier fishing conditions.
August is the time of year for trichos to hatch – look for these small flies in the mornings, along with various caddis flies. The lighter-colored flies, such as Light Cahills and Sulphurs may be hatching later toward evening, along with some Isonychias.
Terrestrial patterns are very popular during this time of year. Recent reports of good success using large “hopper” imitations have come in. Ants, beetles and inchworms should be productive, in addition to grasshoppers patterns.
When water levels are low, make your approach carefully and quietly. Try to cast with a minimum of disturbance to the water, especially on the pickup. Make each cast your best, and expect a fish to ‘take’ on the first try – unnecessary ‘mending’ and handling of the line can put rising fish down or discourage others from investigating your fly.
Match your tippet size to the flies you are using: use 5X for sizes #14 and #16; 6X for #16 and #18, and 7X for midges or flies in the size #20s.