The Beaverkill is a bit low for this time of year, and on Thursday morning was recorded as flowing at a rate of 305 cubic feet per second, as compared to the average flow on this date of 497 cfs, based on 100 years of record-keeping. All of our area streams are also lower than the average flow due to a lack of rain – somehow we missed our April showers!
We are a few weeks behind on our mayfly hatches, with colder than usual water temperatures from the late snows and snowmelt hindering their appearance; however we’ve seen good hatches of caddis flies on the upper rivers and streams, and now the much-anticipated Hendricksons have finally made their appearance, along with the blooming of the forsythia and tiny colt’s foot. The Beaverkill is known for its great Hendrickson hatches; at times the air can be filled with these flies and reminiscent of a snowstorm. The smaller (size #16 - #20) Blue Quills have also been seen in the afternoons.
While nymph fishing is still productive, now that the water temperature has reached that magic number of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, dry flies will work, especially during a hatch. Try to match the size, shape and color of what’s hatching or on the water. Hendrickson dries, as well as Blue Quills and even Quill Gordon flies should be in your flybox. Remember that when fishing smaller flies, such as the Blue Quill, use a smaller size tippet, 6X.