Consistent rainfall has raised the Beaverkill to a higher-than-normal flow heading into mid-June; however the higher water levels and cool evening temperatures bode well for good fishing throughout the month of June and into the summer.
There are many different flies hatching during this time of the season: from Blue-Winged Olives in the mornings and various sizes and colors of caddis flies all throughout the day; to Gray Fox (mayflies) and Yellow Sallies (Stoneflies) in the afternoon. Isonychias, the slate-colored mayflies, and Black Caddises were observed hatching towards evening. Reports of Sulphurs in the evenings are also coming in. This is the time of year that fly fishermen can look forward to a whole spate of sizes and colors of flies, when hatches do occur.
The ‘best fishing’ during this time of the season is still all during the day, from morning through evening, due to high water flows and cool water temperatures. Cloudy days generally provide better fishing than bright sunny days; however when no fish are seen rising, try your hand at fishing below the surface with streamers as well as conehead or beadhead nymphs. The Black Leech is a favorite, as is the Black Ghost streamer.