Our area rivers and streams are still quite low for this time of year; the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls is flowing at just 213 cubic feet per second, which is just over one-third the average flow of 599 cfs on this date over 100 years of record-keeping. Fortunately water temperatures remain good thanks to evening and morning temperatures in the 40s and even 30s this past week.
Fly hatches have been spotty; there may be some residual Henricksons hatching as well as a few March Browns starting up, which should provide better fishing. March Browns are large mayflies, sizes #8 and #10 – are a nice contrast from the smaller Caddis flies and tiny Blue-Winged Olives (sizes #18 - #22).
Remember when fishing to look for flies hatching or on the water; match up your offerings with the general size and shape of what you see for best results. When fishing with large flies such as size #8 and #10, a 5x or even 4X tippet should suffice; when fishing tiny flies such as midges (size #18s and smaller) be sure to add 6 X or even 7X tippet. When water is low, make your approach quietly and carefully, and present your flies as delicately on the surface as possible.