The Beaverkill is just above its average flow, which tends to be low during the end of August; the cool evenings and nights we’ve had have kept water temperatures favorable for the trout. The best times for fishing during this time of year is during the early mornings and evenings, right up until dark.
Fishing tends to be more productive when the sun is not directly on the water where you’re fishing. Look for the deeper pool areas and along laid-up stonewall banks during the day to cast your fly. In the evenings trout have been rising, and some Sulphurs have been seen in the air above the road and river. Light Cahills are productive flies to use during this end-of-summer time. Various caddis flies and Blue Winged Olives are also generally about during the day.
Remember to drop down in tippet size with smaller flies; use 5X for sizes #14 and #16; 6X for #16 and #18, and 7X for midges or flies in the size #20s.
When no hatches are apparent, the Elk Hair Caddis works well in the faster water, as its light colored elk hair provides buoyancy and visibility in the riffle sections. The Royal Wulff in sizes #14 and #16, and the Adams in sizes #16 and #18 are also Beaverkill favorites