The Beaverkill and Willowemoc are full again, thanks to continuing autumn rains. The cooler evenings have helped to keep water temperatures favorable, heading into these last two weeks of the trout fishing season.
Fishing should be productive all during the day, except for when bright sun is on the water, as well as in the late afternoons and evenings right up until dark. There may be hatches of Blue Winged Olives, especially after a frost.
Autumn is a good time to fish with terrestrials such as ants, beetles and hoppers, as well as caddis flies and Isoychia imitations. However, late-season trout fishers may find that streamers, such as the Black Ghost, Mickey Finn, Black Leech and Muddler Minnow might be more effective, especially with the young-of-the-year fingerlings now present in the riffle areas. And depending on water conditions, a large streamer, such as a Conehead, Black Leech or Woolly Bugger, will be more visible to the trout, especially in high or discolored water.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to purchase a new fishing license, as the license year began on October 1, and will run through September 30 of 2013.