The Beaverkill, and all our area rivers and streams, are full due to many days of rain during the past several weeks. However, with a forecast of fair weather over this holiday weekend, our Catskill waters are dropping to a more fishable level.
Fishing wet flies, nymphs and streamers have been productive during these times of high water; and if the stream is discolored, try a dark fly such as a Black Ghost, a large Conehead nymph or a Beaverkill favorite, a Back Ghost streamer.
Hatches during this first half of July will continue to include Blue-Winged Olives, caddis flies in various colors and sizes and a few remaining Isonychias – the slate-colored mayflies that are about a size #12. Toward evening you will begin to see Sulphurs and Light Cahills; as the summer progresses more of these light-colored mayflies will appear.
If you are not successful with a particular dry fly, drop down a size. Remember to use a smaller tippet with smaller flies – size 5X for fly sizes #14 and #16; size 6X for flies that are sizes #18 and #20, and 7X for midges and flies smaller than #20.
A good attractor fly is the Royal Wulff in size #14 or #16, or an Elk Hair Caddis in the same sizes. Both flies fish well in faster water, as they are buoyant and their light colored wings make the fly easy to see. In addition, good success has been had lately using small midges in sizes #20 and #22.