The Beaverkill is at a great level heading into the summer. Recent rains have filled the river, and cool evening temperatures bode well for good fishing into July. Fishing has been productive all during the day - mornings and evenings, right up until dark.
Various sizes and colors of Caddis flies have been hatching beginning in the mornings, along with Blue-Winged Olives ; watch for Isonychias later in the day. These are the slate-colored mayflies whose nymphal ‘shucks’ can be seen on the rocks along the stream. As we head into summer, flies will become lighter in color, namely Sulphurs, which are prolific during this time of year, and Light Cahills.
In addition to the Adams in sizes #14 and #16, often a good choice, favorite attractor flies are the Royal Wulff in size #14 or #16, or the 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.
It’s also a good time of year to try out the tiny flies, sizes #18, #20 and so on. Be sure to tie on smaller tippet to your leader to match the sizes of flies you’re using – go from 5X to 6X for sizes #18 and #20, even 7X for midges and smaller flies.
A quiet approach is always best; make your first cast carefully and quietly and expect a strike – and continue to do so each time you cast your fly.