Don't forget to head over to Livingston Manor today for the 10th annual Trout Parade! The street fair will begin at 11:00 am, with the parade kicking off at 1:00 sharp. Events continue until 4:00 pm. Lots of fun - food, vendors, trout-related theme with wonderful floats, music and artwork.
The Beaverkill is in excellent shape, with a flow that is slightly above the average flow for this date. With such a good volume of water, the trout are given plenty of room and can be found most anywhere. A good variety of flies continue to be hatching during the day and evenings – from morning hatches of caddis and Blue Winged Olives, to afternoon hatches of Gray Foxes, to evening hatches of Sulphurs. There are still some Green Drakes about, this hatch is much beloved by fly-fishers. The Green Drake is named for the pale greenish tinge to its graceful upright wings; this large size #10 fly is known to bring up the largest trout in the river to feed on the surface. In the evening, the spinner (spent) form of the Green Drake, called Coffin Flies, should be on the water.
There are two adult life stages of Mayflies that have specific names – Duns and Spinners. When the flies first emerge from the water after exiting their nymphal shucks, they are called Duns (not to be confused with the color “Dun” that is a brownish-gray color commonly used in tying flies.) The scientific term for “Dun” is “Sub-Imago”. The second adult life stage of the mayfly occurs after molting – usually on land. They molt into a fully mature stage called the “Spinner” stage (the scientific name for this stage is “Imago”) during which they mate and deposit their eggs on the water. Afterward they become weak and then eventually die. Most spinners fall to the water in the evening, which is where the term “evening spinner fall” is derived.
With water levels as good as they are, and such cool evening temperatures as we’ve had lately, fishing should be productive all during the day. Remember to choose a fly that is similar in size, shape and color to those that are hatching or on the water.
In addition to the flies that are hatching during this time of the fishing season, Beaverkill favorites include the Adams in sizes #16 - #18 and the Elk Hair Caddis in size #14 in the faster water. If you’re using flies in sizes #14 or #16, use a 5X tippet. For sizes #18s, tie on 6X and make your presentation the best it can be.