Consistent rain showers have kept our Catskill rivers and streams full; water levels are higher than usual for this end-of-June period, which bodes well for the trout and trout fishing heading into July. The Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was recorded as flowing at 725 cubic feet per second on Thursday morning; the average flow for this date is just 215 cfs! Flows in the 700s are favored on this river, and more typical of the month of May; as a result the Beaverkill has been fishing well.
Cool evening temperatures of late have kept water temperatures favorable and thus fishing should be productive both mornings and evenings as well as during the day especially when the sun is not on the water.
Hatches of various sizes and colors of Caddis flies have been ongoing during the day, as are Blue-Winged Olives, and Isonychias later in the day.
In addition to the above named flies, Beaverkill favorites include the Adams in sizes #16 and #18 as well as the Elk Hair Caddis, which provides good visibility and floats well in fast water; if no flies are seen hatching try a Royal Wulff. During this period of high flows, fishing wet flies and nymphs have been productive; black flies such as a Black Leech or conehead provide good visibility in turbid or discolored water.