The Beaverkill and Willowemoc continue to experience very low water conditions; however water temperatures are favorably cool, as we’ve had low evening temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and despite the low levels, fishing success has been good.
The best flies to use during these end-of-summer days are beetles, ants and other terrestrials. As most of the hatches are finished – except for occasional Blue-Winged Olives, Isonychias (slate-colored mayflies) and various caddis flies - it is also a good time of year to use streamers. Streamers imitate minnows and young-of-the-year fish. Some tried and true favorites include the Black Ghost, Muddler Minnow and Black Leech, as well as Conehead streamers, which are easier to see in dark or discolored water.
Approach the water quietly and carefully and with a minimum of disturbance, as you will be more visible to the fish during low water periods. Make every cast your best, and anticipate a strike once you cast your fly for improved fishing success.